What comes first into your mind when we talk about sunglasses? Some use it as a necessity while others only use it for fashion.
Well, a piece of sunglass serves two purposes. Aside from it can make someone look good, it can also make you see better in intensely lighted environments. In some cases, this piece becomes a symbol, which announces wealth and social status of the wearer. Excessively expensive eyewear is an indulgence very few of us can afford. Material used, the design, the craftsmanship, the ability to transition from light to dark, scratch resistance are just some of the reasons why a sunglass becomes expensive.
Most of the world’s more lavish shades have gold and platinum and encrusted in precious gemstones like diamonds and emeralds. The question is would you spend significant amount of money for a piece of an expensive sunglasses? Whether your answer is a Yes or No, here is a list of the most expensive sunglasses in the world.
The Fanciest Brand of Sunglasses
10. Lugano Diamonds Sunshades
With its $27,000 price per piece, Lugano Diamonds Sunshades is the number ten on the list. Crafted by renowned designer Barton Perriera these shades include different framing options, such as gold frames with pink lenses with 2.85 carats of pink diamonds, or the leopard print option with 3.59 carats of black diamonds to go with the brown tone.
9. Bvlgari Parentesi Diamond Sunglasses
Made by the luxury company Bulgari, the limited edition Bvlgari Parentesi Diamond & Gold Sunglasses feature 206 paved diamonds and 18-karat gold designed in the Parentesi pattern. The company only made ten pairs and each one come in their own Bvlgari gift box with a certificate of authenticity, a case and a cleaning cloth. Each piece costs $31,000.
8. Bentley Platinum Sunglasses
Made from pure platinum, each piece goes for just over $45,000. However, you can still purchase lower priced models in rose, yellow, or white gold for $14,000.
7. Bulgari Flora Sunglasses
The number seven on the list also came from the luxury brand, Bulgari. Crafted from 18-karat white gold, Bulgari Flora Sunglasses costs $59,000 per piece. Also embedded along the body are blue sapphires and diamonds. A series of small aquamarines accent the frames as well. Bulgari also released a basic version of this model, which only costs around $25,000.
6. Maybach “The Diplomat I”
Carefully constructed and hand-made by artisans in Germany, the frame of the sunglass is marble coloured buffalo horn with 18-karat yellow gold frames and 174 handcrafted diamonds totalling 1.18 carats surrounding the body. It has subtle details such as lettering on top of the frame. Each piece costs $60,000.
5. Luxuriator Style 23 Canary Diamond Sunglasses
This piece is the fifth on the list with a price of $65,000. It has 18-karat gold plating around the body of the frame, as well as 132 hand-cut, paved diamonds around the bridge and corners of the frames. The dark lenses adjust to light as needed, helping them blend into the gold frame. What makes it even more expensive is the temple made of ivory buffalo horn.
4. CliC Gold 18 Carat Gold Sport Sunglasses
As the name suggests, everything in this piece is gold, from the screws and the frame to the nose pads. This is the reason why CliC Gold 18 Carat Gold Sport Sunglasses costs $75,000 per piece. The lenses go through a special grind process using the Carl Zeiss Super ET Anti-Reflective coating on the back, and CliC even patented a magnetic front connection system on the bridge. CliC only produced 100 pieces of this design.
3. Shiels Jewellers Emerald Sunglasses
The inspiration for the creation of this piece of eyewear dates back roman times when the emperor Nero used emerald to protect his eyes from the sun and have a greater enjoyment of the Gladiator fights. The emeralds used in this piece are the reason behind its extremely expensive price of $200,000 per piece. Each emerald took five years to procure, shape, and cut.
2. Dolce & Gabbana DG2027B Sunglasses
With its $383,609 price, Dolce & Gabbana DG2027B Sunglasses is the number two on our list. Come with a golden frame and brown-tinted lenses. Encrusted around the arms of the frame are the namesakes of the company.
1. Chopard De Rigo Vision Sunglasses
Produced by the Swiss luxury company Chopard, Chopard De Rigo Vision is the most expensive sunglasses in the world. The tip ends of these glasses are made from 60 grams of 24-carat gold, while the arms of the glasses are trimmed with dotted gold. Each piece costs $408,000. The company’s signature ‘C’ is swirled on the temple of the frame and surrounded by 51 full-cut River diamonds totalling 4 carats.