The eyeglasses guide part 3

Men’s Frames Guide: Which Type of Glasses Look Best on Your Face?

The eyeglasses guide part 3

Eyeglasses construction, number 2: Plastic

Cellulose acetate is a plastic polymer that is made from wood pulp. Unlike other plastics which can be made from chemicals and petroleum, cellulose acetate is a plant-based plastic that is molded into sheets. Individual frames are then cut from the sheet and hand polished, which is more resource intensive than extruding plastic and therefore more expensive. Acetate is stiffer, heavier and more durable than standard plastic. Multi-colored patterns such as tortoiseshell are far more beautiful in acetate since the patterns were created over an entire sheet. Standard plastic must be molded or worse, painted, to achieve the same effect. In general, plastics like acetate are hypoallergenic. The main disadvantages are that they are more difficult to adjust, they are heavier than metal, and under stress, they can break or snap. Given the choice, I would recommend seeking out acetate for its beauty and durability.

Eyeglasses construction, number 3: Natural materials

Though much harder to find and very expensive, it is possible to find frames that are made from bone, horn, shell, or wood. Wood frames are a recent trend, and they are typically constructed similarly to a plastic frame. All wood frames are often made from a hardwood that is then veneered with a more precious wood. Buffalo and deer horn is often hand carved to shape, and beautiful natural striations and a matte finishing make for a distinctive choice. Real tortoise shell is largely outlawed, but a determined person could find vintage frames at specialty retailers. Natural materials can be a distinctive style choice, but they offer only limited styles and require extra work on the wearer’s part to seek them out. Original Tortoiseshell glasses are very difficult to find these days as mostly only old stock materials can be made into eyewear these days. As such, they are often very expensive.

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