A Piercing Gaze – I Only Have Eyes for You

eye fashion

Eyes are the most engaging part of the human body, the window to the soul, the things that twinkle when you are sad or in deep and passionate love.  It makes sense that the eye is currently being used and modified all over the place in the fashion and art world.

The depiction of the human eye in jewelry is a huge craze. Jewelry that engages and makes eye contact can be both startling and beautiful. Human, animal, or mystical eye representations are on all sorts of jewelry. I’ve even seen jewelry that features googly eyes or doll eyes.  I really enjoy bright colored eyes or eyes with things in them, especially on plugs or belly rings. A rotting eye or detached eye can also signify zombies or decay, which is all very trendy right now. The Evil Eye has the power of inflicting harm, suffering, or bad luck to those it is cast upon. The Hamsa is an amulet shaped like a hand with an eye in it, which is used to protect against the Evil Eye.

the hamsa and the evil eye

Besides the depiction of eyes in jewelry there are also actual types of eyeball jewelry and eye modification techniques.

Dangle eye jewelry– This jewelry is worn like contact lenses. There is a contact lens with a piece of thin wire attached to it that dangles down your face holding beads or gems. In the sun it looks like sparkly tears.  Apparently you can’t feel the hanging fishing line and it doesn’t effect your sight or ability to blink properly. If it is tugged the contact will simply pop out and not harm your actual eyeball.

dangle contact jewelry for the eyes

Eye Tattoos– It’s actually possible to get tattoos on your eyes; some have tattooed the entire whites of their eye. Pauly Unstoppable was the first person documented to have an eyeball tattoo with a real tattoo gun, in his case the ink did not stay. There are cases in prisons of the prisoners tattooing the whites of their eyes for gang related reasons. In many cases it is just an ink injection into the cornea. Eye tattooing was first practiced in the first century AD. In an attempt to improve the appearance of patient’s eyes metal rods were used to cauterize the eye’s surface and natural color was added after the fact. Cosmetic eye tattooing can be very dangerous and possibly cause blindness.

eye tattooing

Eye Implants– If you want something more substantial you can also get platinum implants (normally a heart or half moon) implanted beneath the skin. Many ophthalmologists have spoken out about the heath risks involved with this process.

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