Contact lens jewellery by Erick Klarenbeek. Ouch.


As some of you may know, your Chief of Police is a contact lens wearer, and has been for more years than she cares to remember. So The Fashion Police have no squeamishness whatsoever about contact lenses, or the idea of putting things into their eyes. The idea of something which actually dangles from your eyeball, though? Is a little bit disconcerting, we have to admit.

That’s what these jewelled contact lenses by designer Erick Klarenbeek do, though. As you can see from the image on the right, this is a piece of jewellery which is basically stuck onto the front of what appears to be a regular contact lens. As you can see from the picture on the left, the jewellery then hangs down onto your face.

This raises lots of questions for us: how clearly can you see out of a contact lens with jewellery stuck onto it? What if you forget about it and reach up to brush the hair out of your eyes, taking the contact lens out of your eyes at the same time? How would you get a sweater on or off while wearing these? Oh, and most importantly: WHY?

What do you think, Fashion Force? Would you wear contact lens jewellery, or do you think some things are better left alone?



  • July 10, 2008


    I, too, am a contact lens wearer, but this actually makes me queasy. If you want to wear little fake sparkly tears, why not just use those ones that stick to your cheek? Imagine how grossed out you’re making everything else!

  • July 10, 2008


    I think it’s a very interesting idea from an artistic perspective. Certainly not something I (also a contact lens wearer) would ever put in my eye. I can imagine blinking and getting caught, causing the lens to shoot down underneath your eyeball…. gross.

  • July 10, 2008


    I don’t know. I wore contact lenses for years and I stitched to glasses simply because I think I look better in them, but I would actually wear these. I think they look really neat.
    Although, I might just get some eyelash glue and glue something like that to my eyelid instead…

  • July 10, 2008


    I have never got on with contacts (much to my dismay…) and this would really really put me off big time. Why anyone would want to look like they have a tear running down their face is completely beyond me – the whole idea is a bit mad – but maybe it is supposed to be art?

  • July 10, 2008


    Umm, my lucky guess would be that they are designed for those following the EMO trend… maybe they can’t produce anymore tears but as they always have to appear to be sooo sad why not wear those contact lenses with the jewellery dangeling down? They actually do look a little bit like tears, don’t they?

  • July 10, 2008


    Those just look like an accident waiting to happen.
    I agree, ouch!

  • July 10, 2008


    Sarah, on the bright side when it was sucked into your eye you would have a handy string to pull it out from under your eyeball

  • July 10, 2008


    Sarah, on the bright side when it was sucked into your eye you would have a handy string to pull it out from under your eyeball

  • July 11, 2008


    hic hic .. poor my eyes :'(

  • July 11, 2008


    I have allergies. Therefore this looks like DEATH to me.

  • July 11, 2008


    I’ve worn glasses my whole life – I can’t wear contacts (astigmatism too horrible), but even if I could, the idea of sticking something in my eye just makes me shudder. I hate it when anything touches my eye.
    This contact lens jewelry makes me cringe. Like nails on a blackboard cringe.

  • July 11, 2008


    um, wouldnt the jewels ‘twitch’ as your eyes move around as u look at things? ew.

  • July 11, 2008


    At the risk of sounding like a health and safety freak; they can’t be good for your eyes… I can almost hear the intake of breath from the opticians.

  • July 11, 2008


    I would love to see this in action as the eyeball moves around (as long as it wasn’t on MY eyeball) The swinging would have to hurt!

  • July 11, 2008


    This is one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever seen. Even contacts freak me out, and this is too frightening for words. I’ll stick to my glasses, thank you very much.

  • July 11, 2008

    Wendy Hewson

    This made me cringe out loud at how absolutely freaky this is !! I agree, what happens when you look around at things – the little crystal teardrops would follow your eye movements – how weird!!
    I can’t imagine anything more guaranteed to get the opticions of the world up in arms, frankly…

  • July 13, 2008


    I can see how this would be somewhat artistic (as a photographer) but that is just SICK!!! I mean, what happens if you blink and the tear-drop thingy gets stuck in your eyelash? and what happens if you sneeze? the force of the swinging jewels might pop it out of your eye. and beyond that, it just doesn’t look practical. artistic, maybe, but definitely not an every day thing.

  • July 14, 2008


    This is the most insane I´ve ever seen!!! I used contact lenses during 8 years, and after all that time, I just couldn´t resist them any more, so I got the surgery… and just thinking of something moving with your eyeball, makes me cringe!!

  • July 15, 2008


    I’ll be thinking about the what-if’s of this item all night. this is just plain wrong people.
    If you had your eye’s closed , they would just dangle. Uuuuurgh, I hope people don;t start wearing these on the tube. Puke , yum, yakky poo.
    I hate them!!!

  • September 7, 2009


    Definitely wierd and pretty silly in my opinion, I mean it looks nice, but it would kind of look like you’re crying all the time, people would probably think there’s something wrong with your eye, and also what happens when you close your eye? It’s probably just a string but it looks uncomfortable!
    i can think of one advantage though; if you dropped your contact it’d be a whole lot easier to find it! XD

  • July 9, 2010


    The person who said that about emo people always having to look so sad; you are HILARIOUS!!! Yeah, I do think ‘to each his own’ but I can’t agree with these things that can damage your eyes like those STUPID Lady Gaga huge contact lenses!!!!!!