Details for by Steven A. Queenan TORTOISESHELL
by Steven A. Queenan TORTOISESHELL GLASSES T ortoiseshell exudes class and sophistication in a way that few other eyeglass frame materials can. The distinctive pattern of mottled amber, honey, and brown shell spots seems to elevate the look of seriousness and intelligence of all who frame their eyes with the immediately familiar design. The popularity of this durable and decorative material can be traced back to the ancient Romans, who used it as a veneer for furniture. Later, in the 18th century, the cabinetmaker to Louis XIV of France used tortoiseshell to infuse luxury into his works by backing thin inlays of tortoiseshell with metal. By the 1920s, tortoiseshell glasses were a Hollywood staple. Thanks to advances in plastic and acetate technology, synthetic tortoiseshell frames remain popular. C hoosing a frame and lens that complements your facial features and skin tone can enhance your looks. It’s also important to consider your lifestyle and occupation. At REGIONAL EYE OPTICAL, we carry hundreds of designer frames in many different styles, colors, and sizes. Please call 587-6309, or visit our website www.regeyecenter.com. is located just inside Regional Eye Center at 1455 Montreal Street, S.E. Our business hours are Mon. & Thurs., 8:00am-7:30pm; Tues. & Wed., 8:00am-5:30pm; and Fri., 8:00am-1:00pm. 8:00am-4:00 pm. P .S. “Horn rimmed” glasses are a type of thick, vintage eyeglass frames made of horn, tortoiseshell, or dark, thick plastic.