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Why Are Acetate Glasses More Expensive | Especially Hand-made Glasses

 

Glasses, in addition to clothing, are indispensable accessories for many people to travel. Different from hats, watches, rings and other accessories, glasses are not only decorative, but also the most important equipment for myopic people. However, with the popularity of glasses culture and the emergence of more and more people's needs for personality, glasses have become a choice for many people besides their original functions.

As the saying goes, choosing the right glasses is like changing your face. Although this sentence is a bit exaggerated, it cannot be denied that glasses, as our outermost dress, may have a stronger temperament than clothes in some scenes. Therefore, choosing the right glasses is a very important thing.

When choosing glasses, ordinary brands may be the priority choice for most people. You can find many brand chain optical stores in any large shopping mall, choose the desired frame type, and even complete the matching work within half an hour to an hour. In recent years, another type of glasses has been gradually understood and selected by more people. You may have heard of it, that is, hand-made glasses. Although hand-made glasses seem to have better design and texture than ordinary brand glasses, many people still stay at the price level in the face of the price of hundreds of dollars and there are not many channels for in-depth understanding.

Regardless of the price, the design and texture that just looks better cannot be the reason for us to buy hand-made glasses. Many people still ask: are hand-made glasses really worth the price?

As a glasses lover, after communicating with several friends, I realized that there are still some people who are still interested in their knowledge, culture and even history, although they do not have the need to buy hand-made glasses. Therefore, through this article, I would like to explain to you, from a relatively objective point of view, what is good (expensive) about handmade glasses. This article is not intended to provide you with suggestions on purchase, or do you want to compare the advantages and disadvantages of hand-made glasses with general brand glasses; No matter what kind of eyewear product you buy, it is a reasonable personal choice, regardless of right or wrong, advantages and disadvantages. If you are also interested in this topic, you might as well read on.

A Brief History Of Handmade Glasses

As the name suggests, hand-made glasses are hand-made glasses products. Different from the industrial assembly line machine production, each pair of hand-made glasses needs to be manually made and polished by the glasses master, so it takes longer time to make and more complicated production processes, and the per capita production capacity can only reach the level of 100 pairs per day or even lower. In addition, due to the complexity of the processing of hand-made glasses, the yield is very low. Many brands only employ teachers with more than 50 years of work experience to make glasses, so as to ensure the high standard of products and improve the yield as much as possible.

 

Speaking of hand-made glasses, Fukui Prefecture, one of the world's three largest glasses production places, is certainly a topic that cannot be bypassed. According to historical records, the history of making glasses in makojiang city can be said to have started from the zuowaimen of zengyongwu, a farmer in the city at that time. At that time, farmers and fishermen were limited by climate and other reasons, so they had nothing to do after winter. Zengyong five left guard gate, a member of the village council at that time, foresaw that the demand for glasses would certainly increase, and wanted to take glasses manufacturing as a sideline of farmers and fishermen in their spare time to ensure the lives of farmers. In 1905, zengyong wuzuoshaimen introduced craftsmen from Osaka, which already had a certain scale of glasses production, and started making glasses mainly by local young people. Zengyong glasses Co., Ltd. was established, which is now the Japanese hand-made glasses brand masunaga.
At that time, as it had just entered the eyewear industry, the quality of eyewear products was still far from the industry level, and the eyewear produced in Jingjiang City was also considered as a "third rate product". In order to change this situation, zengyong wuzuowaimen has established a guild system, allowing official glasses craftsmen to freely establish portals and brands. As a result, the glasses manufacturing industry has slowly developed in Jingjiang City, and thus there are so many Japanese hand-made glasses brands today.

Jingjiang has become the "holy land" of the glasses manufacturing industry in Japan and even the world. In addition to the time of origin, it also has something to do with its leading level. After the end of the first World War, the demand for glasses increased again, and the status of Jingjiang City as a well-known glasses producer in Japan was further clarified. Since then, Jingjiang glasses industry took the lead in using celluloid, sun platinum and other advanced materials to make glasses. In 1981, it also developed the first pair of titanium glasses with both lightness and durability by using titanium materials for the first time. Since then, Jingjiang's status as the world's advanced glasses producer has been established.

Three styles of handmade glasses I understand

Since the development of the glasses industry, I think it can be divided into three styles: Japanese style, American style and German / European style.
Japanese style is a Japanese local brand mainly produced in Jingjiang City, Fukui Prefecture, Japan. It is characterized by exquisite Japanese carving and other design elements, such as Matsuda and kame Mannen.

 

 

German/European style, mainly Lindberg, Marcus T and other brands, the design style is relatively "modern", mainly high-grade materials and precision manufacturing technology, while emphasizing the comfort of wearing.

 

American style, mostly based on the American style frames from the 1930s to 1940s, retains the rough style while adding complex handicrafts and playful details, such as TVR (true Vintage revival), Julius tart, effector, etc.

 

Of course, many countries in the world, including China, have excellent eyewear brands, such as tavat in Italy and rigards in Hong Kong. Although they have the same strong style, I think they can all be classified into the above style system, and some brands are even difficult to define a specific style system.

The above is only the style system summarized by me as an individual through contacting different brands and different frame types, combined with the brand's own positioning. If you have different views, you are welcome to discuss them together.

What are the advantages of handmade glasses

As different brands of glasses have great differences in materials, design and technology, the evaluation criteria cannot be generalized. I will combine the specific products of specific brands and select the design points of universality and uniqueness to show you the advantages of hand-made glasses.

First of all, the conclusion is that hand-made glasses are not simply made by hand instead of machines, so the work itself will lose its charm. The reason why so many experienced artisans still make glasses by hand after more than half a century is to inherit the ancient mirror making technology. Excellent hand-made glasses have details and processes that cannot be manufactured by machines in terms of design, and can solve problems in materials and manufacturing processes that cannot be solved by machines. This is also one of the reasons why hand-made glasses can survive for a long time and can continue to exist today with the continuous rise of industrial technology.

Please note that this does not mean that hand-made glasses are good glasses, or that the value for money; In the market, there are still products that sell products under the name of "manual" or use manual technology to make glasses meaninglessly. To understand a brand or a product in depth, you must understand the history and culture of the brand, contact the products and communicate with employees.

Materials used

Materials must be the most intuitive factor for most people to understand the value of products, and glasses are no exception. Next, I will select several representative materials and explain their excellence in material use in combination with specific brands/frames.

Board

Plate should be one of the most common materials for glasses. In terms of style, the size, frame type and color of plate glasses are more than those of general metal frames, which is the most powerful auxiliary role for personal style; At the same time, because the plate spectacle frame is large, it can accommodate lenses with higher degrees, and is applicable to a wider range of people; In terms of texture, plate is also a material that allows most people to more intuitively feel the "good" or "bad" of different frames.

At present, most of the sub plate glasses on the market use materials called "acetate". What you may not know is that acetate is a kind of cotton extract. The plate in glasses is actually a natural material made of more than 80% cotton fiber mixed with wood pulp. Acetate board has the advantages of not easy to burn, light texture and high hardness; Thanks to high-quality material selection and excellent processing techniques, good plates are also very outstanding in terms of gloss. We evaluate the quality of a pair of glasses at the first sight, but also through the gloss of the frame surface.

A good pair of plate glasses, in terms of gloss, gives people the greatest feeling should be "bright". At the same time, the surface of the frame will show different texture and color in different light. However, with the continuous use of the frame, the gloss of the frame surface will gradually dim, and many small scratches, sweat stains, oil stains, etc. will be generated. If you want to maintain the plate texture for a long time, you need to use polishing paste, or ask a professional glasses master to use a machine for polishing and simple repair.

However, the preference for gloss and texture may vary from person to person. Is there a more objective dimension to evaluate the quality of plates? When making plates, the indispensable step of the factory is to dry the moisture in the plates; Due to the increasing demand of users for glasses and the high time cost of completely drying the water, most brand frames in the market have a short time of standing and drying, and the water has not been completely dried before it is used to make glasses. After a long period of time, the frame will be "bent" and the legs will be expanded. The reason for this phenomenon is not that the frame is deformed, but that the frame is "shrunk" in the process of use. You may see that the bending range of the frame is exaggerated or the bending degree of the same frame glasses is different in the glasses store. This is the reason.

So, how to deal with a good glasses brand? Taking the American retro Japanese brand TVR as an example, when talking with the optician, I learned that the plates used by TVR are made by the owner for 5 years or more, and have a long enough air drying time, so this problem will not occur again after the user purchases. Of course, due to the long production cycle and small stock of boss materials, the production capacity of brands using such materials is also relatively low, and even the production capacity is further reduced due to the inevitable yield problem.

Celluloid

Strictly speaking, celluloid is also a kind of sheet material. Celluloid is a kind of synthetic resin. Due to its similar texture, it was used as a substitute for ivory materials in the early stage and was also used to make table tennis. Obviously, celluloid, which can be used to replace ivory, has more outstanding gloss and excellent permeability than plate. Glasses made of celluloid even show different color and texture performance in different light. In addition, celluloid produced in Japan has high toughness while having high hardness and gloss of the plate, unlike the plate that "breaks when broken". Therefore, many glasses lovers are flocking to the frames made of celluloid.
However, celluloid also has a fatal disadvantage: low ignition point. Due to this characteristic, celluloid is easy to burn in high temperature environment, so it can not be industrialized mass produced by machine, but can only be polished and produced manually. There are certain requirements for the master's own skills. At the same time, due to the harmful substances produced during the formation of celluloid, celluloid used for glasses often needs to be air dried for 3-6 years before it can be used, and superior Celluloid materials even need to stand for more than 10 years before they can be used for glasses after their texture is more durable.
There is another interesting story about celluloid. Due to the "anti industrialization" shortcomings of celluloid, few products use this material except handmade glasses and pens. The International Table Tennis Federation has also promoted the R & D and production of table tennis of other materials. At that time, some people questioned whether this move of the ITTF was not entirely for the sake of safety and environmental protection, or to reduce the speed of table tennis by changing materials and reduce the advantage of Chinese table tennis players in international competitions. Of course, it's good to listen to such unofficial histories.
Back to glasses. In recent years, due to the increasing market demand for Celluloid products, some Wenzhou businessmen established a celluloid company in China in 2003, which met a certain market demand; After that, many Japanese brands began to purchase Celluloid materials from Chinese companies due to the increase of market demand.
However, many Japanese hand-made glasses brands, including TVR, have always insisted on using the old-fashioned and superior Celluloid materials made by the ancient Japanese method. At present, there may be only one workshop in Japan that insists on using the ancient method to make Celluloid materials. The inventory of the old-fashioned materials has been used up, which also makes this kind of celluloid frame particularly "precious", further enhancing its value and becoming the target of many fans.

Titanium metal

After that, let's talk about the most common metal material: titanium. Titanium is a rare metal, which is dispersed in nature and difficult to extract. Therefore, titanium products are more expensive than general metal products, and are often used as the focus of brand publicity. Titanium has the advantages of high strength, anti-corrosion, anti allergy and ultra light weight. As a spectacle product, it is durable and can bring excellent wearing comfort.
At present, you can see titanium mirror frames in various brands of products, with prices ranging from hundreds of yuan, thousands of yuan to thousands of yuan. Therefore, titanium naturally has "advantages and disadvantages". However, the price difference of titanium mirror frames is not only related to the advantages and disadvantages of titanium itself, but also closely related to factors such as technology, R & D and design. Here, only the differences of materials themselves are briefly introduced.
The titanium metal we most often see in glasses products should be pure titanium. The hardness of pure titanium is relatively soft, so it is not suitable to be directly made into mirror frames for daily use. Therefore, it is often mixed with carbon, iron and other dense metals, and the cost is relatively low. The titanium content of pure titanium mirror frames is generally more than 98%.
Because pure titanium lacks elasticity, brands with higher requirements will use it β Glasses made of titanium. β Titanium is a kind of titanium alloy. It retains the characteristics of pure titanium and has elasticity. The cost is higher and the price is naturally higher. However, there are some mirror frames in the market that use titanium alloy waste to make products, which is also called β Titanium ", so you may see some frames marked with" β In the name of "titanium", the price is much cheaper than the brand frame.
And memory titanium. Memory titanium refers to a nickel titanium alloy made of 50% titanium and 50% nickel. Nickel titanium alloy has memory property below 0 ℃, which can be used to shape the frame; 0 - 40 ℃ shows high elasticity, which can be bent at will and is not easy to be damaged. Since the cost of nickel titanium alloy is generally β More than ten times of titanium, most of which are used by middle and high-end brands.
Take Lindberg, a Danish eyewear brand, as an example. Although Lindberg did not specify the type of titanium used on its official website, its products are made of titanium materials with strong bending resistance. Some frames can still be restored to their original state after being artificially pressed, which is not easy to be damaged. One of the major characteristics of Lindberg's titanium material is that it has a "gravel" like texture. The grade of this kind of titanium metal has reached the standards in the aviation field, and the cost is very high. This is naturally one of the reasons why Lindberg's lens frame has a high price.

Special materials

The above materials are the materials we have the longest contact with when purchasing glasses. In addition, in order to improve the texture and value of the frame itself, there are many other materials used in the glasses industry.

For example, Lindberg's "buffalo horn series" uses high-quality natural buffalo horns from India, Vietnam, Africa, southern and Central America. This kind of buffalo horn not only has better texture performance than the above panels, but also has unique colors and lines due to the characteristics of natural materials. Meanwhile, in order to fulfill the corporate responsibilities of environmental protection and sustainable development, the buffalo horns purchased by Lindberg are all domesticated animals from legal channels.
In addition, Lindberg's precious series and some brands also use high-quality K-gold, platinum, diamond and other materials. The price of such products has become expensive due to the high value of the materials and the difficulty of processing. It has been out of the scope of discussion on daily use and will not be further developed.

Tortoise

By the way, I also want to say "hawksbill". When most people buy glasses, they should see the option of "hawksbill color". In fact, hawksbill is the name of a sea turtle and the only sea turtle in the world that can digest glass. Hawksbill shells have beautiful patterns, so they are often used to make jewelry and sculpture.
However, as the number of hawksbill has decreased sharply in the world and is on the verge of extinction, most countries have issued laws to prohibit the hunting of hawksbill, and now there should be no brand using hawksbill materials to make glasses. When you buy glasses, the tortoiseshell color styles you see are "substitutes" made of materials such as plates and celluloid that imitate the tortoiseshell color and pattern, which is why this color is called "tortoise".

 

Design

"Design" is also an important and intuitive dimension for us to evaluate the quality of a pair of glasses. I will not discuss in this article the judgment on the shape based on subjective preferences. For different frame types, different people have different preferences, which has nothing to do with price and value.
Next, I will take the general design of specific brands and the design details of specific frame types as examples to explain the cost of hand-made glasses and why such a design occurs. Due to the diversity and span of the frame type and design of the mirror frame, it is impossible to give an objective judgment standard from the perspective of universality. If you have other brands and frame types you want to know, it is suggested that you can understand and judge them through the official website of the brand and by communicating with the local optician.
First, take TVR as an example. TVR frames are all based on vintage frames from the 1930s to 1950s, combined with modern design details. For example, the old-fashioned seven "butterfly fans" are used to connect the lens legs and frames. This technology requires glasses workers to manually install hinges for assembly, which takes a long time. The purpose of this design is to improve the smoothness of the opening and closing of the mirror leg and enhance its durability.
In addition, most of the frame types of TVR use the mitter cut method. By manually operating the machine to cut, the joint between the frame surface and the mirror leg will show a 45 degree oblique cutting angle, and the mirror frame will show a 90 degree angle when worn on the face. For some face shapes, this can enhance the wearing comfort of the frame.
The end of the mirror leg of TVR is also designed with anti-skid strips, which can slow down the sliding of glasses due to sweat, oil and other reasons.

 

And Lindberg. The biggest feature of Lindberg glasses should be that the whole series of products emphasize the assembly process without screws and welding. While advocating environmental protection, Lindberg's hinge design can greatly increase the smoothness of the opening and closing of the lens legs, and the long-term use will not affect the tightness and smoothness of the hinge. I believe you must have experienced the experience that the lens legs become looser and looser after a long time of use, and you have to go to an optical shop to adjust.

 

 

In addition to the customized length of Lindberg's mirror legs, it also adopts an adjustable system. The optician can easily adjust the wearing position of the mirror legs according to your face shape to ensure the stability and comfort of the mirror frame.

 

 

In addition to the mirror legs, there is also a lot of knowledge about the design of the nose rest. Let's start with two daily examples:

There is no common nasal support for glasses other than the fixed nasal support commonly used in the plate. This kind of nasal support has a hard wearing feeling and is difficult to flexibly adjust the angle according to the wearer's face shape. The advantage is that it is not easy to deform and damage. In addition, there are common movable nasal holders, which are often made of skin friendly materials such as silica gel and titanium metal, which can adjust the wearing angle according to the face shape and improve the comfort.

In recent years, the "one mountain" type of nose rest is also common in the design of glasses. This kind of nose rest does not need too much adjustment, and can fit the nose shape. It is very suitable for the flat nose shape of Asians. Some frames of Wannian tortoise use "one mountain" type nose holders. Most brands launch small frame products with titanium, which can improve the wearing comfort in multiple directions. At the same time, as the nose bridge design used in the early mirror frame products, the "one mountain" type nose rest adds a lot of fun to the frame style temperament and details.

In addition to the above exquisite design details, many brands' products have very unique design styles and high standards. Next, I will show several brands' products as examples.

Mahiromaruyama, who focuses on asymmetric design style:
Rigards, a unique and "hard core" handmade glasses brand in Hong Kong, China, has won many design awards:
Nackymade, which was only made in Japan by nacky, the manager, and his wife, is full of playfulness in various design details, and also provides flexible style combinations:

Workmanship


After finishing the design, let's talk about the process closely related to the design. Take exlanss as an example.
In addition to the excellent characteristics of the sheet, the texture of exlanss glasses is also related to its manufacturing method. Exlanss uses the old-fashioned wet forming method when coloring the plate. It adds color in the process of solid forming, which can make the color naturally halo in the plate like watercolor and have a rich sense of hierarchy. In addition, exlanss' master will soak the frame in acetone for many times before making the mirror. On the one hand, it can make the surface more smooth and shiny. On the other hand, it can also make the nose support, lens groove and other places that are not easy to be polished by hand. The process is more complicated, and it can also ensure the quality of the product.
For Lindberg, take the buffalo horn as an example. Different from the buffalo horn frame on the market, Lindberg adopts the method of multi-layer horn composite pressing, which can improve the strength and stability of the frame. Due to the particularity of the buffalo horn material, Lindberg also needs to control the moisture in the frame through complex processes, which is not easy to cause the cracking of the horn.
For example, TVR or wanniangui and other brands will carve complex carvings and patterns on the inner column of the mirror leg and the frame of the mirror frame, which is also very "demanding" for the process and requires a lot of labor and time costs. The process design of these details not only shows the mirror making strength of the brand itself, but also adds "temperature" and playfulness to the product itself.
By the way, some glasses also have "frameless" products to choose from. As the name suggests, frameless products have no frames, and the lens legs are directly embedded in the lens. When selecting, you can customize the size of the lens to achieve flexible customization options. This kind of products generally have high requirements for assembly workers, and a little carelessness will cause lens fragmentation.

Personalized service

Compared with ordinary glasses, brand glasses provide you with multiple colors and sizes for each frame type. Especially when you finally find a satisfactory frame, but feel that your face is small or big, how annoying it will be to not find a product with the same frame and more appropriate size.
In addition, different brands also provide different personalized services, which Lindberg is most famous for. If you purchase Lindberg products from an authorized dealer, you can customize the frame color, size, leg length, nose support, etc.
Summary
For the part of materials, I have selected several common materials and explained to you the manufacturing methods, advantages and disadvantages of them. As for the production process, due to the numerous brands and complicated styles of hand-made glasses, it is impossible to introduce them one by one. I can only show you how difficult it is to produce a pair of hand-made glasses through my experience and sufficient understanding.
For hand-made mirrors and industrial production, we do not need to step on one by one, nor do we need to devalue other products through the price and advantages of the materials themselves. Buying glasses is a very personal thing. It is about demand and love, not about money and right or wrong.

Frame material new revolution acetate frame is the most popular

When electronic products have become an indispensable part of people's daily life, glasses, which once belonged to old stereotyped and old pedants, have gradually become popular in our life. Nearsighted people need nearsighted glasses, eye users need protective glasses, and beauty lovers need cool glasses. Therefore, the material of glasses frame has also become the focus of attention. A kind of lens frame material called acetate fiber has become the last king in the new material revolution.
According to the latest report of mirror frames in 2014, the once popular nitrocellulose material has completely disappeared from the market because of its flammability. Instead, it is the acetate mirror frame material that Xiaobian will bring to you today. Acetate itself is a raw material invented by accident to improve the flammability of celluloid. Therefore, it is one of the biggest characteristics of acetate that it is not easy to burn. Also because of the non combustible characteristics of acetate fiber, this material can hardly change color under the influence of ultraviolet radiation, and can better maintain the gloss of the spectacle frame. Therefore, acetate fiber is favored by the majority of consumers and has become the leading material in the new revolution of spectacle frame materials.
Acetate glasses frame can be divided into two types, one is acetate plate frame, the other is acetate injection frame. The acetate plate frame is chemically treated with cotton wool into powder and then processed into large plate shape. It has good hardness and beautiful style. It is generally used by young people when used in protective glasses. While the acetate injection molding frame has low cost and general hardness. It is mostly used for decorative mirror frames. The main users are generally fashionable people, which are used to highlight personality and play with fashion.

About acetate (plate) material frame and sunglasses

When you want to change a new frame, you may feel confused about the various frames. Maybe you are confused about the information in the latest Baidu or Google search. What is the best material? Why should I continue to use the word "acetate"? Why is the price of acetate glasses so different?
Many glasses are made of acetate. But not all acetate glasses are the same. Let's start with the basics.
What is acetate glasses?

Acetate is also known as cellulose acetate (we often call it plate frame), zylyl or zylonite. Acetate is one of the earliest synthetic fibers. It is worth noting that the plastic used before was not used to make glasses until the late 1940s because of problems. Today it is an amazing thing, with dark luster and high transparency. The higher the quality of acetate fiber, the better the gloss and transparency. Wearers often describe this material as a more "natural feel" – the first of many differences compared to standard plastic.

Acetate consists of (biological) polymers derived from wood (tree) pulp and / or natural cotton fibers. Over the years, these cellulose fibers have been replaced by cheaper alternatives, such as injected nylon and polyester, both petroleum based plastics. In some cases, nylon is a reasonable eyewear material, such as impact or heat resistance in sports glasses or goggles. However, for fashion glasses, this material is almost always used to reduce costs. The result is a lower quality and less aesthetically pleasing final design.
Acetate is more suitable for eyewear than other plastics for the following reasons:
No harm to the environment
Made from renewable materials
It's hypoallergenic
Available in various colors
Can make exquisite transparent
Advanced version can be adjusted by the optician
These are several powerful attributes that indicate that this plant product is very unique. Today's premium acetate frames are known for their lightweight, thin construction and strength. However, they remain flexible and glassy. In addition, they have the widest range of finishes – high gloss polished, matte or brushed.

How to make acetate glasses?

In order to obtain the highest quality, it is important to use the highest grade of cellulose acetate. Each framework has hundreds of complex processes, and many craftsmen have contributed to the final product.

Cellulose acetate sheet: a new combination of cellulose acetate is formed by mixing the organic color with acetone and raw acetate plant-based materials. The roller helps to mix the paste onto the already thin plate acetate to achieve a special color effect. Complex shading is produced by layering several colors and clamping them together or pressing them through various molds. The acetate film can be cut into small pieces and rolled again. These layers are molded into large blocks. The technicians then intricately sliced individual new sheets, which were dried in large kilns for several weeks to solidify the material.

Cutting and forming: according to the design input of technicians, use the computer-controlled milling cutter to cut and form the frame. Then, each frame component is manually completed by different well-trained technicians. They form a curve at the front of the frame and press the core and hinge into the acetate material. They apply the nose support according to the design and manually complete many other functions.

Polishing: the frame assembly is placed in a bucket about the size of a washing machine filled with sawdust and small stones. These components rolled together for hours. After that, each frame is polished by hand by experienced technicians to obtain a highly polished gloss.

Assembly: further technicians fix the arm on the frame with rivets and small screws. Insert the lens and adjust and clean the frame.
The experience level of the craftsman in each of the above steps directly affects the surface quality of the frame. Investment in high-quality technology can produce exquisite frames.

Hand made acetate glasses frame

To illustrate the quality difference of acetate glass, we can compare it with coffee. We know that coffee looks similar on the surface, but all coffee is the same, right? Absolutely wrong! It all depends on the production, processing and manufacturing methods of raw materials. It is the same as glasses, but more complex.

Generally speaking, it is a high-end frame manufacturer located in Japan and Europe. They have created the best products. Due to the handmade nature of acetate frames, the skills of artisans are crucial. Japanese craftsmen are world-famous, and the frames made in Japan are usually considered superior. When acetate is used, they can provide fine details. The traditional material manufacturer takiron is famous for producing harder acetate fiber, so it can maintain its better shape even with a very thin frame design. Therefore, Japanese acetate (ZYL) is generally preferred and has unparalleled material life.
However, Italian acetate, such as Mazzucchelli, also has its benefits. Italians are brilliant craftsmen with a long history of acetate. Mazzucchelli has different processes in cutting and curing materials, called "acetate". The result is some of the most beautiful "Havana" tortoise acetate on the market. Cleverly combines the bright and dark spots of tortoise color. The only drawback is that the material is slightly softer than the Japanese material and may lose its shape faster over time.

Chinese manufacturers are improving rapidly. Therefore, the quality is similar to that of Japan or Italy.
Transparent acetate eyeglass frame
Although transparent spectacle frames have been around for many years, they have only recently become popular. Crystal clear acetate glasses are the big news this season. Not only is it a cool alternative without a framework, but you can proudly share their environmentally friendly and renewable energy.

Frames such as Platte in diamond or Richmond in Citrine are handmade from first-class acetate fiber, providing an exciting translucent effect. Colorless or slightly tinted, invisible from afar. Although many of us are used to choosing dark bold frames, this translucent trend should not be missed. Transparent frame glasses are suitable for almost any skin color and equipment. The ultimate timeless work.
Color acetate glasses frame
Over time, acetate retains its bright color because its hue is embedded in the material rather than sprayed. The technology also prevents any color from peeling off. The unique aging stabilizer in acetate can further prevent skin contact or UV fading or discoloration.

If you prefer dark color, please check the laminated version with light color on the inside, so that your glasses can "disappear" from the field of vision when wearing. On the other hand, the all black frame always looks more visible on the inside and outside.
Adulate Acetate

When considering acetate rather than other materials, it may be worth asking yourself the following questions:

Is your framework sustainable and has limited impact on our planet?
Is your frame durable and has a long pedigree?
Can your frame provide rich and lasting colors?
Is your frame handmade of high quality?
Although the frameworks are all considered to be the same product, they differ greatly. Think about the spirit behind our coffee analogy. Finally, whether you want to outline your face with symmetrical squares, prepared circles, inclined cat eyes or something in the middle, we strongly recommend exploring the acetate framework. They are really wonderful.
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