When your party finds a useful item in treasure, it is fun to describe it. But it's hard for most people to think of interesting adornments off the top of their head. If you are one of those people like I am, these tables can help.
When you place or randomly generate an item, look at the category and roll d100. If the number has no material next to it, use the material above it. Use that material as inspiration for what kind of special feature or adornment that item has on it. Maybe the item is made from that material. maybe it has decorations in that material or is set with it.
I left out wondrous items because their descriptions are pretty specific.
Here is an example of what's in the tables:
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There's also a list of all the materials I used to make up the lists in case you want to fiddle with them or make a list for something else, like statues or golems. The materials I used largely come from the old MMO Asheron's Call in case you're wondering.