Details for by Steven A. Queenan TORTOISESHELL

by Steven A. Queenan


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.


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
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.


.S. “Horn rimmed” glasses
are a type of thick, vintage
eyeglass frames made of horn,
tortoiseshell, or dark, thick plastic.