Various materials are used in the manufacturing of glasses today, with designs for every taste. Likewise, sunglasses come in all shapes, colours and sizes, and their frames can be made from metal, plastic or natural materials.
Your choice of frame material depends largely on what you want your sunglasses to be able to do. The materials offers different advantages when it comes to weight, flexibility and stability. Here we’ll introduce the most common materials.
Stainless steel is far less likely than some materials to irritate the skin. It’s robust, corrosion-resistant and has high elasticity.
Titanium Sunglasses score highly when it comes to weight, being up to 50% lighter than other frames. Titanium is a high-quality material that requires skilled workmanship, and this tends to be reflected in the price. As titanium contains no nickel it can be a good choice for people with allergies.
Weight is also a benefit of aluminium frames, which are very comfortable to wear. Another advantage is their resistance to corrosion.
At a glance: Advantages and disadvantages of metal
Allergy alert: To be on the safe side, go for frames that don’t contain nickel or copper.
This material consists partly of cotton fibres. Acetate Sunglasses are robust and therefore ideal for sport. Another plus: there are almost no limits when it comes to colour, with acetate models available in almost every shade imaginable, including clear frame sunglasses.
Sunglasses made from polyamide are less likely to suffer cracks or become brittle. However there is a risk of them breaking under high stress. Glazing and fitting adjustments are also quite a challenge with this material.
At a glance: advantages and disadvantages of plastic
Wooden sunglasses are a sign of individuality, as every model is unique. So if you’re looking for something a bit out of the ordinary, you might want to consider investing in sunglasses with a wooden frame. Depending on the design, the entire frame or just part of it, such as the temples or front, will be made from this natural material.
The material for these frames comes from the horns of water buffalo that are not listed as protected species. Sunglasses made out of this material often have a glossy appearance and are very gentle on the skin. However, they don’t react well to intense heat or moisture. Nowadays there are an increasing number of models that mimic the look of horn glasses but are made out of plastic.
At a glance: Advantages and disadvantages of natural material
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* Sum of regular shop price for the frame and the recommended retail price (RRP) for two anti-reflective, scratch-resistant single vision plastic lenses (refraction index 1.5) no greater than sph. +6.0/-6.0 D; cyl. +2.0/-2.0 D.
** All frames include two anti-reflective, scratch-resistant single vision plastic lenses (refraction index 1.5) no greater than sph. +6.0/-6.0 D; cyl. +2.0/-2.0 D.
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