Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Nick's Story

This is the second of two responses to our call for readers' stories. Nick from the UK was kind enough to send in his story.

I imagine some people may be interested in wearing pince nez, but are nervous about sticking out. When sitting side by side with a pair of modern glasses, they are certainly different. Even when worn, the lack of temples and whatever mechanism grips the bridge of the nose set pince nez apart from spectacles. But how noticeable are they really? After several years of wearing pince nez for sunglasses and for reading, I’ve started to wonder.

When I first started wearing pince nez, I only had sunglasses, since I didn’t need them for my eyesight. I spent some time talking to a friend outdoors one day, and had them on due to the glare from the snow. She saw me again a couple days later (I was wearing them again), and asked, ‘Your glasses don’t have temples, do they?’ She hadn’t noticed the first time. Now, a few years later, I need reading glasses, and have a fingerpiece pince nez. I had been wearing them for a few weeks, when in one class I took them off. The person sitting next to me, who I often sat by, noticed that my glasses were ‘missing bits!’ And as a last example, I spent over an hour talking with my advisor about a proposal I was writing, wearing them all the while. She didn’t mention anything about them, but a couple weeks later, I talked with her again. I took them off and set them down on my notebook, and she suddenly noticed the lack of temples.

Of course, sometimes people notice right away, and they will almost invariably be interested in how they stay on. They may even ask if they can try them on. Chalk up another advantage for pince nez, they’re an excellent conversation starter!

Tadd's Story

The Renaissance's call for participation was answered by two brave souls. Presented below is the first entry. Tadd presented his story and he was kind enough to send a photo. He writes as follows:

I recently turned thirty-two years old and I've been wearing a 14K gold hoopspring pince-nez for ten years. I've had the lenses changed once so far. I plan on wearing a pince-nez for the remainder of my day and I'll never go back to regular spectacles again!

I suppose I was drawn to pince-nez because of my love of history. I used to see old photos in books and I loved the look of pince-nez. After high school I started scouting antique stores for pince-nez and began collecting them as a small hobby. I prefer to buy antique pince-nez in person so you can try them on and make sure they fit before you buy. It wasn't until 1999 that I finally took a gold hoopspring and had the lenses changed out with new ones for my prescription.

I've always received positive compliments on my pince-nez, some people don't even notice them - most do though! I find pince-nez to be very comfortable. I use no additional padding and I can't even feel them on my nose when I wear them. I can do most anything while I'm wearing them and I do wear them all the time. I'm terribly glad I made the decision to start wearing a pince-nez and I've never looked back.

Thanks Tadd for your wonderful story and photo.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Is the Renaissance a Community Blog?

It is up to you.

The mission of this blog is to assist people who want to wear pince-nez eyeglasses by providing the necessary information and advice. It has succeeded far beyond my expectations. Yes, we are a highly specialized interest group and I didn't expect many hits on this site. I was wrong. There are many people interested in pince-nez around the world.

My learned friend and I who run this website intended to make the Renaissance a community blog and not focus entirely on the two of us. To that extent we have asked for readers to submit their own stories related to pince-nez. We have not received one story for posting to date. Pictures alone are not enough. We need to share our stories with each other as it helps in so many ways. You can email me at the address in the left hand column.

The Renaissance will continue with its mission which is going so well. However, it would be improper to present the Renaissance as a community blog if there is no input from our readers. In life there are many things which are beyond your control. This is not one of them.


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