We know that the Indian love for jewellery is legendary but gold plated, diamond-encrusted contact lenses are still rare enough to make one sit straight up and take notice!
Created by Indian optometrist Chandrashekhar Chawan from the Shekhar Eye Research Centre, these limited edition (only 3,996 will be made) contacts are part of his La Ser eye jewelry line and showcase 18 diamonds adorning a yellow or white gold ring around the lenses. Chawan uses Boston Scleral lenses, which are typically used to treat eye illnesses, to prevent the lenses from touching the cornea. Each lens weighs five grams and is said to be customised to the individual for a perfect fit. They are also designed to retain water and will not stop oxygen from reaching the eye, making them comfortable to wear.
Each lens will come with its own certificate of authenticity for the diamonds. Neither is it all about the bling. All profits will go towards treating patients with Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) – a skin disease that affects tear glands and leads to loss of vision
As for the safety factor, that’s still subject to debate. According to a Yahoo report, international optometrists remain sceptical about these new “eye accessories”, especially as they don’t yet have FDA approval. However, in a culture underlined by tattoos, piercings and Lady Gaga-style quirkiness, who knows what the future will bring?
The price? Rs. 7,00,000 (US$15,450 / £9,736). Are you up for it?