Eve's Insight

Don’t EVEN Go There

Ok, how far would you go to “bedazzle” your body?

I am a big jewelry girl and I truly enjoy wearing beautiful art jewelry every day.

However, I do think there are limits to what looks good, and will continue to give one enjoyment and pleasure for years to come.  There are 2 recent trends that I truly believe may not have been fully thought out.

Every one sees this a bit differently.  What is your take on this trend?
Every one sees this a bit differently. What is your take on this trend?

The first, and definitely the more reasonable of the 2 “Jewelry” trends this post will touch on is that of “wedding ring” tattoos.  This seems to be the logical next step for those who are determined to cover their bodies in ink.  And, while some who have done this expressed the desire to show their commitment in a low-cost manner, I wonder if they have given any thought to a few of my concerns.  Specifically, will that really look good when you are older (“When I’m 64” as Paul McCartney sang) and more wrinkled?!  Aside from intense pain when the tattoo is done (the base of one’s finger is a very sensitive place!), and the risk of infection, or worse, hepatitis or other diseases that can be transmitted inadvertently through needles, there is also the question of attractiveness. Furthermore, once you do it, it is there for life. I know some say you can have it removed, but there will be more pain, residual scarring and, oh yes, pain!  Also, no one seems to talk about the way tattoos blur and fade over time.  They are inked into the layers of the skin and over time the lines seem to spread and lose crispness (and colors also blur, sometimes yielding muddy, unattractive new hues).

Not to mention the possibility of divorce, given that the current divorce rate in the U.S. is 50%.  And, what if you simply tire of the design?

Surgically Implanted Eyeball Jewelry Is the New Piercing (ABC News)
Surgically Implanted Eyeball Jewelry Is the New Piercing (ABC News).  Click for a larger view.

The second trend that has hit the news this week is the story of a woman in New York City who had a platinum heart implanted in the white of her eye. Yes, seriously! And, Fox 5 News reports that her reason for undergoing this surgical procedure was to give her something to talk about with people. I can think of so many other interesting & less invasive topics to discuss. Her eye-bling was inserted via an incision into the white of the eye and inserted between the clear conjunctiva and the white sclera as Manhattan news crews watched Dr. Emil Chynn work from the other side of his Park Avenue office’s floor to ceiling windows. And, she actually is reported to have paid $3,000. for this to be done! As they say, to each his/her own. For this woman, Lucy Luckayanko, it is a platinum-eye-heart, “It will be sort of my unique factor.” I’ll say!

“The American Academy of Ophthalmology has not identified sufficient evidence to support the safety or therapeutic value of this procedure,” Dr. Philip R. Rizzuto, M.D., an ophthalmologist and AAO’s Communications Secretary, said in a statement.  The possible risks include: infection and/or bleeding, which could result in blindness, perforation, conjunctivitis, and it is also possible for bleeding to occur beneath the conjunctiva, causing hemorrhage.  “It urges consumers to avoid placing in the eye any foreign body or material that is not proven to be medically safe or approved by the FDA.”

And, shockingly this is not the first time this has been done, such procedures have already been done in L.A. and Europe as well.  Call me a fuddy-duddy, but I will not be joining the ranks of those with eye jewelry permanently embedded in my eyes, or my teeth for that manner (don’t even get me started with that look!)