The Renaissance previously put up two posts on Kelley, a pince-nez enthusiast from Idaho. She has a blog of her own called "Our North Idaho Life" which is quite aptly named. Kelley's pince-nez evolution mirrors my own as she shows that one must be determined to pince-nez. The problem: finding the right optician. Newcomers to this eyewear believe the difficulty lies in the mounting. Wrong. It is finding a competent and motivated optician.
Kelley found the right optician in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho: Little Mo's Optical. She knew that she found the right place when she presented her pince-nez to the optician. The optician said "Oh, pinch nose. I have a pair that were my grandmothers." Kelley knew she was in the right place at that point.
The pince-nez shown are transition lenses with the classic size oval lens. It is a winning look and the Renaissance wishes Kelley much happiness with her new glasses.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Several Renaissance readers have written to us as they are reluctant to obtain an antique pince-nez mounting, even "new old stock" or one in near mint condition. These readers insist on a mounting which has been recently made. As we have stated many times, these pince-nez do not work for full-time wear and are not worthy of re-lensing. The reason is simple: these manufacturers have not bothered to investigate the reasons how and why the classic pince-nez were so successful and popular. Clearly, many manufacturers haven't even looked at old photos. This modern pince-nez has nothing slightly resembling the quality nose guards of the past. The frames pictured below are an abomination from a pince-nez perspective.
If you recall, there was a Renaissance post showing a page from a Sears catalog dated 1908. The price of a pince-nez was $1.25. One may believe that these pince-nez were cheap items from the past given the current value of $1.25. Please keep in mind that back in 1908 a highly skilled workman would make about $5 a week. These glasses were not cheap items.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
It can be varied and even be square.
But if you're beginner we need be aware
That you've understood very simple inform
The best of pince-nez shape is just oval form.
Yes, oval lenses are universally the best choice. Stick with a proven winner. The Renaissance thanks Max for his thoughtful and well-crafted poem.