While Jay Z was the first to order a diamond-studded gold bead bracelet from Shamballa, we will have to wait until May to see who picks up on the Danish company's sapphire, diamond and 18-karat gold sunglasses, priced at a cool $25,000.
The new eyewear line, considered the most expensive in the world, was introduced in New York last month at the International Vision Expo and brought in exclusively to Houston by real estate mogul and Spanish language television personality Carmina Zamorano. As an investor in the company, Zamorano and Shamballa's Michael Lillelund presented the new line to a stylish coterie of guests at a swank party held at Bayou Bend Towers.
Mexican Consul General Monica Gonzalez Soto, international architect Carlos Castroparedes and attorney Malinda Edwards de Mata were among the early arrivals getting a first look at the luxurious eyewear and the jewelry favored by international A-listers.
Prices for the sun and optical wear begin at $850 in styles incorporating anodized aluminum, PVD coating, Grade 5 Titanium (meaning as light as air) and 24-karat rolled gold electroplating, not to mention diamonds in a variety of colors and those sapphires. They are being manufactured in limited editions of 50 and 100. While not yet carried in Houston, the eyewear line will be available at Vault in Miami, Silver Threads in Aspen and Westime in Los Angeles.
A woman of many interests, Zamorano had her catering company, Haras (part of her Haras Enterprises located in Magnolia, Texas), provide the Mexican-inspired taste treats.
The party crowd, that eventually moved over to Brasserie 19 and closed it down at 2 a.m., included Courtney Palm, Jade Gonzalez, Gaby Mantilla, Maria Mejia and Angie Beltran.