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The most expensive sunglasses in the world are shown off in Houston to fawning international A-listers

The most expensive sunglasses in the world are shown off in Houston

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Shamballa's Michael Lillelund and Carmina Zamorano. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, Shamballa eyewear, March 2015, Monica Gonzalez Soto, Carlos Castroparedes, Malinda Edwards de Mata, and name
Mexican Consul General Monica Gonzalez Soto, from left, architect Carlos Castroparedes, Malinda Edwards de Mata and Ana Quiroga. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, Shamballa eyewear, March 2015, Karl Lagerfeld
Karl Lagerfeld is a fan of Shamballa bead bracelets, the new status look for mega stars. Courtesy of Shamballa
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Lotus Sun eyewear is among the new Shamballa collection. Courtesy of Shamballa
News, Shelby, Shamballa eyewear, March 2015, Courtney Palm, Jade Gonzales, Gaby Mantilla
Gaby Mantilla, from left, Maria Mejia and Angie Beltran. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, Shamballa eyewear, March 2015, Sofia Macias, Carmina Zamorano, Vanesa Guzman
Sofia Macias, from left, Carmina Zamorano and Vanessa Guzman. Photo by Shelby Hodge
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Leonardo di Caprio wears a Shamballa bracelet. Courtesy of Shamballa
News, Shelby, Shamballa eyewear, March 2015, Courtney Palm, Michael Lillelund, Jade Gonzales
Courtney Palm, left, Michael Lillelund and Jade Gonzales. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, Shamballa eyewear, March 2015, Big Love
The Big Love glasses feature two white diamond balls, or the diamond balls of your choice. Price: $6,000. Courtesy of Shamballa
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Jay Z an early buyer of Shamballa jewelry, wearing a necklace on the magazine cover. Courtesy Rolling Stone
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Paris Vogue features Shamballa necklaces. Courtesy Vogue Paris
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Appetizers from Haras Catering. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, Shamballa eyewear, March 2015, Haras Catering
Desserts from Haras Catering. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, Shamballa eyewear, Michael Lillelund, Carmina Zamorano
News, Shelby, Shamballa eyewear, March 2015, Monica Gonzalez Soto, Carlos Castroparedes, Malinda Edwards de Mata, and name
News, Shelby, Shamballa eyewear, March 2015, Karl Lagerfeld
News, Shelby, Shamballa eyewear, March 2015, Lotus Sun
News, Shelby, Shamballa eyewear, March 2015, Courtney Palm, Jade Gonzales, Gaby Mantilla
News, Shelby, Shamballa eyewear, March 2015, Sofia Macias, Carmina Zamorano, Vanesa Guzman
News, Shelby, Shamballa eyewear, March 2015, Leonardo di Caprio
News, Shelby, Shamballa eyewear, March 2015, Courtney Palm, Michael Lillelund, Jade Gonzales
News, Shelby, Shamballa eyewear, March 2015, Big Love
News, Shelby, Shamballa eyewear, March 2015, Jay Z
News, Shelby, Shamballa eyewear, March 2015, Vogue Paris
News, Shelby, Shamballa eyewear, March 2015, Haras Catering
News, Shelby, Shamballa eyewear, March 2015, Haras Catering

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.