With the ShowItem plugin you will be able to take full advantage of what Minecraft has to offer while working with items! It even takes it a step further and adds the ability to show an actual icon of the item in the chat as well as a live view of the inventory and enderchest!

This plugin also supports translatable item names so that players will see the name of the showed item in the language of their client!

It works with almost every Bukkit chat plugin! If you find one that doesn't work (and is free/open source) then contact me and I will look into it! It also works together with ChestShop to display hover messages and item infos in buy/sell messages.