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Buying and collecting vintage eyeglasses for collection or fashion purpose

July 5th, 2010

Buying vintage eyeglasses is not only limited for the purpose of fashion statement or showing up personality. Many people collect vintage eyeglass for collection purpose.

People buy vintage eye glasses as collectibles manly for two reasons. One is that some vintage eyeglasses may be made of precious metals such as gold and silver, or some vintage eyeglasses may be studded with valuable stones or even diamond. For these types of vintage eyeglasses, the value lies in both the antique frame styles and its clinging gold or diamond. The other reason is its antique look and style which represents an era when the vintage eyeglass was made. You can also know about the then level of materials industry and craftsmanship. These vintage eye glasses will narrate a story in most of the cases.

Before buying vintage eyeglass, you need to have some notion of the time era when the vintage eyeglasses were made and popularized. For most of the vintage eyeglass buyers, they mostly get some idea from movies, pictures and even some paintings about the vintage eye glasses. These days, we can never forget about the internet where virtually we can find everything we need.

After determining the look and era of the vintage eyeglass, the next step may turn to where to buy these antiques. You may try some thrift stores for dead stock, or you may ask your own or your friends’ grandparents to see if they are holding some from the old times. Of cause, the web stores are always the most convenient destinations for hunting vintage eyeglasses.

Vintage eyeglasses are not always reusable for new prescriptions, and it depends on the status and quality of the vintage eyeglass. If you have some vintage eye glasses from half century ago, and still in good shape, you may try to send to your local optician for fitting in new lenses. Wearing such a vintage eyeglasses mostly will apart you from the crowd, and many may ask you where you get this. Please note your occasional sporting of your vintage eye glasses may trigger another cycle of vogue of the fashion piece.

Get a pair of retro vintage glasses for vision correction

June 27th, 2010

Prescription eyeglasses were for a time unattractive among people who had vision problems. This is largely because of frame design and style that lack innovation and decoration in terms of appearance. Some people may still remember this period and they would likely get quite satisfied with the currently available frame styles in such a huge variety. In the past several decades, attractive and innovative eyewear designs have emerged and continue to expand. This makes modern Rx eyewear users possible to get a customized look which was hardly feasible decades ago. In addition, people who need to rely on prescription eyeglasses living in this time have also an access to retro vintage glasses. These products may bring modern users back to a time when a specific eyewear style was the standard example. Sometimes it is believed that this group of eyewear users is in remembrance of those traditional devices.

Thanks to modern eyewear manufacturers, retro eyeglass frames’ wide availability is really a valuable gift for people living in modern times. Retro vintage glasses come in even more advanced models, facilitated by the improvements in both lens and frame technologies. Taking horn-rimmed eyeglasses as an example, these products are more widely available in recent years than in the 1910s and 1920s when they reached their summit. The key factor is the improvement in material. The original form of horn-rimmed glasses took use of horn or tortoise shell, which could be seldom found. The situation has profoundly changed because nowadays lots of artificial materials have been invented and they can simulate the original effect of horn-rimmed glasses quite well. For most people, the frame look is the key point, rather than the exact material.

Another type of retro vintage glasses focuses on frame shape. U.S. citizens who are born in the 1940s or earlier would much likely know cat-eye glasses. This creative and cute style was one of the most popular eyewear products among Americans in the 1950s and 1960s. Nearly a half century later, these products of a special shape appears as a form of retro eyewear. The unique shape remains completely unchanged even if there have been lots of changes in the eyewear industry.