Wait, What? Crazy Gold and Diamond Contact Lenses – Eye Jewelry?

Greetings, readers!

I’m back, with another slightly odd trend to write about: Gold and diamond encrusted contact lenses. No, I’m not kidding. Yes, REAL gold and REAL diamonds. As is said in the world of LOLCats , Let me show you them:

photo courtesy of La Ser Eye Jewelry

Huh. I am still not sure how I feel about this. These have been out for a couple of years now, but this is the first I have ever heard of them.

I have seen many kinds of novelty contacts, from basic eye colors to more unusual contacts, like 8 balls, reptile eyes, and smiley faces. They look very strange, no question about that. I am thinking they might be great on Halloween, or if you’re going to some sort of dramatic event, or maybe even a party.

However, the real gold and diamond contact lenses are a stretch. Why? Because they cost $15,000.00, that’s why. Yep, I’d try them on. But I can’t see myself taking out a loan to buy a pair of contacts that cost more than my car.

Here’s the website for the maker of these luxury contacts: La Ser Eye Jewelry

You just have to wonder – How comfortable are they? You’d be sticking diamonds on top of your eye. While faceted diamonds are small, they are still NOT flat. The optometrist who makes these says that they are made to hold water between your eye and the gold and diamonds, providing a sort of cushion. And that $15,000 price tag? It’s going to go to a good cause. According to Wired money will go to help people suffering from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a skin disease. If you’re interested in knowing more about the disease, here’s a description from the Mayo Clinic: Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

So. Back to the blinged out contact lenses. If you can’t afford the real gold and diamond lenses, what about some gold contact lenses from Christian Dior? Apparently, they’re around $80.00 a pair, but when I tried to find out where they were sold, I came up with nothing.

photo courtesy of Christian Dior S.A.

There are companies now who sell contact lens that have a gold sparkle to them, but I haven’t seen a really good image of these yet. They all seem to run about $20 – $30 dollars.

I happen to really love all things that sparkle or glitter, so this whole idea of gold contacts naturally interested me. I don’t know if I would wear gold lenses, though. I suppose it depends on just how strange they would look. They’re basically eye jewelry, right? Or perhaps we could call it temporary body modification? Would YOU wear them?

Love sparkly things like I do? Here are a couple of fantastic books from our collection:

Bling : the hip-hop jewelry book / Reggie Ossé & Gabriel A. Tolliver

Costume jewelry / Judith Miller with John Wainwright

How about the way humans adorn themselves? Try:

The body art book : a complete, illustrated guide to tattoos, piercings, and other body modifications / Jean-Chris Miller

The artificial face : a history of cosmetics / Fenja Gunn

Decades of beauty : the changing image of women, 1890s-1990s / Kate Mulvey & Melissa Richards

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