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Warmer and brighter days are ahead of us so it’s time to get serious about protecting your eyes. Very soon, your pair of sunglasses will be the most important fashion accessory that you should never leave the house without.
So if you’re planning on adding a couple of new pairs to your eyewear collection, why not take inspiration from the sun itself and opt for a pair of gold-plated shades.
After all, gold is one of the oldest precious metals and its allure transcends seasonal trends and short-lived hype. In some cultures, gold is also believed to bring about a lot more than just extra sparkle to its wearer—more specifically, some people believe that it reduces stress and anxiety and boosts the immune system.
Whether or not, those beliefs speak to you, you have to admit that gold is timeless. And for those who don’t like wearing jewelry in general, a golden pair of shades is a stylish alternative to jewelry.
Here, we rounded up our favorite designer gold sunglasses to don this spring for both men and women.
Christian Dior DiorStellaire1XS Rose Gold Mirrored Squared Sunglasses
Fans of Dior may recognize the square silhouette of the DiorStellaire1XS—it’s basically a smaller and sleeker version of the oversized DiorStellaire1. The chic ultra-thin frames are crafted from rose gold while the lenses have also been given a matching rose-gold-toned mirrored treatment.
If rose gold is not your thing, though, the same style comes in classic yellow gold-plated frames and cool blue lenses here.
To buy: $440, dior.com
Ray-Ban Wings II Unisex Sunglasses
The Golden Years are back at Ray-Ban. The company is throwing it back to the 80s with this pair of square-shaped single-lens shades designed with a polished 24-karat-plated frame. Speaking of the lens, it’s actually mirrored which doesn’t just look cool, it’s also quite practical as it reduces glare.
To buy: $520, ray-ban.com
Dolce & Gabbana Gold Edition Aviator Sunglasses
Looking for a classic pair of Aviators with a little something extra? Dolce & Gabbana has you covered. These mirrored shades sport the timeless teardrop shape of Aviators but they have white gold-plated frames and lenses for a modern update.
To buy: $890, dolcegabbana.com
Tiffany & Co. Wheat Leaf Sunglasses
These glamorous butterfly-style Tiffany & Co. shades have 18-karat rose gold-plated frames and lenses that would add a chic vibe to any outfit. The slightly oversized shape is especially flattering to oval, square, and heart-shaped faces.
To buy: $487, sunglasshut.com
Tom Ford West Two-Tone Mirrored Square Sunglasses
This cool pair of gilded Tom Ford sunglasses will definitely set you apart from the crowd this summer. The two-toned mirrored lenses have an anti-reflective coating as well as an additional coating of 18-carat gold. The square frames have also been entirely dipped in gold for a sparkly finish. The shades feature the designer’s signature “T” at the temples and have adjustable nose pads for comfort.
To buy: $1,950, bergdorfgoodman.com
Maui Jim Monstera Leaf Sunglasses
Hawaiian eyewear brand Maui Jim is known for the high quality of both its lenses and frames and this chic pair of round cat-eye shades is the proof.
They feature an Italian acetate frame with 24-karat white gold accents at the temples the design of which is inspired by the tropical Monstera leaves. The ultra-thin polarized grey lenses deliver rich colors and sharp contrasts while offering impressive light reduction even on the brightest of days. Trust us, these shades will convert you into a Maui Jim fan for life.
To buy: $450, mauijim.com
Anna-Karin Karlsson The Garden Square Gradient Sunglasses
Music festival fans, these shades are for you! Swedish designer Anna-Karin Karlsson has stayed true to her bold design aesthetic with these floral-inspired 24-karat gold-plated titanium sunglasses dubbed “The Garden.” The design of the square frames features leaves, roses, birds, and ladybirds in pink, green, and yellow. It is a pair of eyewear that will definitely turn heads after you.
To buy: $1,390, bergdorfgoodman.com