Eyewear frames material: how to choose?
Current eyewear trends do not only aim to blend style and function but to provide customers with a different range of materials their eyewear can be made of. Manufacturers, on the other hand, seek to underline various features and role each material plays within eyewear price, comfort and design to make the selection of the right frames less complicated.
There are few basic frame materials customers might choose from: plastic, metal and other – more sustainable and style escalating options, such as wood, bone and buffalo horn. So let‘s review each of them shortly.
Plastic: lightweight, colourful and stiff
There are few types of plastic materials and the first one in the row is zylonite, also called zyl: it‘s the most colourful and cost-efficient material in the frames production.
Zyl is a highly popular solution for layered colours on the frames' interior.
If you‘re seeking for a hypoallergenic accessory, you might consider cellulose acetate propionate, which is famous for being lightweight. It’s also more transparent and glossier in comparison to other plastics.
Nylon, on the other hand, is both – strong and lightweight. For its stiffness, resistance to heat and cold, also ability to mold to different shapes, nylon frames are mostly used in sports and performance industry.
Metal: strong, durable and resistant to corrosion
Metal is one of the most diverse materials, especially titanium and beta-titanium, which is used in such industries as spacecraft production and medical implants. Titanium is hypoallergenic, corrosion-free, strong and lightweight. Durability is one of its signature features.
Beryllium type of metal is lower cost than titanium and is a good option for the wearers who have high skin acidity and spend a lot of time around salty waters.
Other - sustainable materials
Wood, bone and buffalo horn are the trendsetters to the customers who seek both – eco accessories and style. Talking about wood, it’s one of the lightest materials used in frames; it feels organic and warm while wearing. Customers love it for its natural essence.
The hardest part in wooden frames production is to extract smooth shape and thin construction. It requires a lot of time to work on the right design, because wood is hard to mold, yet, it‘s durable.
The charm of wooden frames is hidden in the blend of wood used while handcrafting: usually, it’s Ebony, Iapetus, Bubinga, Zebrano. Each of the types differs in pattern and colour, delivering unique look. Even without giving certain design, the wood already holds its character.
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