Saturday, April 30, 2011

Hoop Spring or Fingerpiece?

The advantages and disadvantages of both a fingerpiece and a hoop spring pince-nez have been previously noted in great detail on this site. Some of our readers who desire to wear a pince-nez and, after studying the Renaissance, are still having trouble making a choice.

Here is a simple solution based solely on the length of one's nose. If your nose is short, a classic saddle bridge fingerpiece will make the nose appear shorter. A classic C bridge hoop spring, with its high curved arch, will serve to make the nose appear longer. Conversely, if one thinks his/her nose is too long the saddle bridge fingerpiece pince-nez wil decrease the appearance of length.

Naturally, we at the Renaissance advocate that a serious full-time pince-nez wearer should get both the fingerpiece and a hoop spring, then alternate wearing each one!

Friday, April 8, 2011

The Zyl Hoop Spring: Rimmed or Rimless?

Zyl rimmed fingerpiece and hoopspring pince-nez became very popular from about 1915 to the early 1920's. If you look closely at the photos you'll notice the "straps" and lens screws of a typical rimless pince-nez. If one were to purchase one of the same design and wanted to have it re-lensed, it would have to be fitted with rimless lenses because the zyl would crack and break due to age and dryness. Note also the closeup showing the screw holding the strap and bridge spring. Quality. The wonderful flat, thin sanitary type nose guards are easy to adjust and silicone nose pads can easily be applied for increased comfort and security. This is a great example of a fine quality pince-nez with an elegant yet minimalistic appearance guaranteed to enhance ones looks!

[LeDandy's note: My colleague provided this post. I would add that only an advanced user of pince-nez experiment with this style. ]

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Adam's Pince-Nez

Adam is an American veterinary student doing a year of study in Scotland. A full-time spectacles wearer, he has been interested in wearing a classic rimless fingerpiece pince-nez. Despite long delays he was finally able to obtain a pince-nez which was a perfect fit. He also had thin polycarb prescription lenses which were just the right size and shape. Unfortunately after a couple of weeks his pince-nez suffered a broken spring and they cannot be repaired.

Adam, while discouraged, is not about to give up on wearing a rimless fingerpiece pince-nez. He is obtaining a few mountings in fine condition and will have his lenses fitted to the best one. We will keep our readers posted on his progress and eventual success. Luckily opticians in Scotland are more willing to spend quality time and effort with their clients.


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