Dutch artist-designer, Eric Klarenbeek is the man behind this one-of-a-kind jewelry. It involves jewelry dangling at the end of the lenses to resemble a teardrop.
People are usually divided when it comes to fashion. Take the big-toe heels for instance. While some believe it is a marvelous innovation for flaunting their toes, others regard it as a disastrous fashion nightmare. Similarly, if you want to up your eyewear quotient, here's a piece of unusual jewelry that will either catch your fancy or want to claw your eyes out. Curious? Well, it's the contact lens jewelry, people!
Yes, you heard me right! Basically, this involves dangling pieces of diamonds at the end of your lenses. You know, for that extra sparkle. The genius behind this madness is Dutch artist-designer, Eric Klarenbeek. He created this lens jewelry through his own The Eye Jewellery Project in an attempt to up the ante on the lens game.
Now if you see the image of the woman wearing this piece of art, you'll notice the product is nothing but a diamond tied to a string which is attached to a lens. Well, it does mimic a teardrop rolling down one's cheek, and why anyone would want to give off such a vibe is beyond me, to be honest. Back in 2008, Klarenbeek introduced this revolutionary eyewear to the world. He explained the concept behind his creation, and it definitely is relevant even to this day!
Flaunting his one-of-a-kind lens, he posted a video of a model donning it on YouTube and wrote: A contact lens becomes jewelry, such as spectacles ever became a representation of our identity. Our fear for imperfectness makes us modify our surrounding and being, striving for virtual perfection. Not being someone we should be, but someone we could be. Aesthetics are more and more based on Photoshop's capabilities and slightly becomes the norm for plastic surgery, instead of nature. Eye jewelry shows our scientific capabilities while showing the beauty of imperfection.
Based on the prevalent online craze of looking one's perfect self I would say, Klarenbeek marketed his product really well. He subtly touched upon one's fear of imperfectness and used his creation as salvation for it. The description of the video also states the procedure of purchasing one of these unique creations. Now, the innovation behind the product including its inspiration does make it stand out from the rest, however, the thing that is bugging me is its practicality in day-to-day life. Are you willing to let a string hang from your eyes just for its aesthetic appeal?
A report posted by luxuo.com about Klarenbeek's unique product reveals a relevant question from one of the YouTube users who watched his video. In the comment section, the user was shared his concern regarding the repercussions of tugging on the string of the crystals dangling from the lens. Waving off these "concerns" he simply said that in case something like this happened, the lens would simply fall out "or in the worst case, the wire might break." Hmm... I'm not too sure about this.
What else could be a problem apart from the lens falling off? A Beverly Hills-based ophthalmologist, Dr. Brian Boxer-Wachler warns about the possible bleeding that might occur due to the constant rubbing of the string against the sensitive skin tissues on your eyes. "It looks like it would rub against the bottom of your eyelid as it swings around. And so I would expect it to cause some irritation if it were to be worn for a prolonged length of time," said Dr. Boxer-Wachler. If you still feel like getting this product go right ahead, and remember you were fair warned.