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Bentley gold sunglasses glow like the sun

Bentley partner Estede makes sunglasses for the Bentley Eyewear line out of 18 karat gold or platinum, with prices starting at $16,000.

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If you've already hoarded all the gold bars and Krugerrands you can carry against the current economic downturn, you might want to look into sunglasses. And not just to protect your eyes from the glare of your shiny bullion, as Bentley Eyewear offers sunglass frames made from 18 karat gold.

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The sunglasses are specifically designed to complement the Bentley Mulsanne, a $285,000 sedan, and feature hand-crafted knurling along the ear pieces and an enameled Bentley B. Even the cases for these sunglasses use the same quality cowhide as the car's seats.

And, of course, the lenses give 100-percent ultraviolet protection.

Bentley's gold frame sunglasses will run you about $16,285. If you are of that economic class who think gold seems too pedestrian, consider the alternative platinum frames. Those will cost you a cool $50,500.

Don't go looking for Bentley Eyewear at your local Sunglass Hut; these shades can only be custom-ordered. Currently on sale in Russia and China, Bentley Eyewear will expand sales to the U.K., U.S., and Middle East later this year.