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.