Glasses Frames: All About the Small Details

Last Updated on May 16, 2023 by amy

The small details on glasses often escape people’s perceptions. Typically, the larger, broader details—the style of the frames, the materials used, the fit, and the comfortability- influence our opinion on a particular set of spectacles. Contrary to what many people may think, the small details on glasses are things to marvel at because they’re the understated elements that make the glasses more beautiful than they would be without them.

Think for a second about Apple commercials and keynotes. Apart from the fact that iPhones don’t have much to do with small details on glasses, what they do so well is the fact that they illuminate the detailed design and craftsmanship which went into the products they make. And it’s these details, down to the tiniest of them, that make people marvel at the ingenuity and precision of Apple.

The point of mentioning the Silicon Valley company is to illustrate that it emphasizes seemingly insignificant particulars because seeing and knowing these minute details makes the product more beautiful. In the same way, small details on glasses help to make glasses more beautiful. So what is precisely meant when we talk about small details on glasses?

There doesn’t seem to be much to see on glasses, but therein lies how minuscule these small details on glasses are. Regardless of what we may think, several small details on glasses exist, from rivets to bridges to end pieces. As we go through the small details on glasses, we’ll see that while many of the small details on glasses may indeed be meager in physical size, they are not so in their significance in making glasses beautiful.

Rivets
You’ve probably wondered at some point, what are those two metal dots on the ends of some glasses? As you might’ve guessed, they’re called rivets, probably one of the more noticeable small details on glasses. While they have a certain charm, rivets’ primary use is to mount eyeglasses and sunglasses. Glasses are a consolidation of parts—they are not just molded as one whole piece. Manufacturers use rivets to mount the temple arm onto the glasses.

Rivets are more or less tiny metal pieces, like screws, which are gently hammered into the frame to hold the temple arms to the rest of the frame. And like screws, rivets are inherently exposed on the outer surface even after being allotted in the right place, which is why you’ve most likely seen them around; many glasses use rivets, so the abundance of these particular small details on glasses is not uncommon.

The intentional use of rivets as a sort of “look” or “style” of glasses is uncertain. Perhaps their first use was a coincidental pairing of utility and characteristic style. Yet the possibility of such a coincidence makes rivets one of the small details on glasses that beautify them. They have a peculiar effect that makes glasses more appealing by giving them more character. Some glasses might use three rivets or specialized rivets to exhibit enhanced style. The variety of possibilities with rivets makes them one of the small details on glasses that make spectacles more beautiful. Moreover, as one of the small details on glasses, rivets hold the glasses together, which helps us appreciate their significance despite their size.

Hinges
Like rivets, hinges are one of the small details on glasses that are crucial to glasses. Without hinges, rivets would serve no real purpose, and vice versa. For hinges, their beauty as one of the small details on glasses lies in their functionality.

As with rivets, hinges hold the glasses together. But even as they hold the glasses together, they serve the purpose of folding and opening the temple arms—they’re the only moving part of the small details on glasses. Without the hinges, no one could put their glasses away, lie them flat on the table, or hang them from shirts.

Now, most hinges are typically metal, but some use plastic. Metal hinges are more durable, but it’s not to say plastic hinges won’t do the job. Metal hinges give the glasses a greater structure and rigidity than plastic hinges, which may sometimes make the glasses feel flimsy.

Another aspect of metal hinges is that they may have more barrels to them, meaning the small loops the screw goes through to hold everything together. The glasses tend to last longer with more barrels, which means more durability. Hinges have more practical value than aesthetic value. Still, to the wearer, metal hinges help to give a pair of frames more personality as it is a noticeable feature whenever they’re put on or taken off.

Temple Arms
A pair of glasses will often have a specialized design on the temple arms. Certain glasses have a design on the inner surface of the temple arms, and most people fail to recognize them because they’re not visible. It’s only during instances when you take them off that anyone can see the design. However, the wearer is always aware that there is a design on the inside which makes this one of the small details on glasses that adds to their beauty.

The Bridge
Another one of the small details on glasses that may not strike us as small is the bridge. Like the temple glasses, the bridge is such a crucial part of the glasses and so visible that most of us are oblivious to it as one of the small details on glasses that help make them beautiful.

As one of the small details on glasses, the bridge exhibits a minute difference: they are not all exactly alike—similar, but not the same. Some bridges have deeper carvings into them than other glasses, some bridges are thicker, some bridges are more curved, and some bridges exhibit more ridges.

In any case, the bridge is one of the small details on glasses as they’re not given much thought and yet have an innate ability to characterize how the glasses are perceived. The glasses will have a smoother, flowing feel if they’re more curved. The glasses tend to exude a bolder, more aggressive look if they have more pointed ridges.

The Endpieces
Of course, we can’t leave out the endpieces among the small details on the glasses. The endpiece is the portion that curves at the end of the glasses frame and acts as the transitional component that connects to the temple arms.

As with all the other small details on glasses, the endpieces are important because they have a practical function in keeping the integrity of the frames intact. Stylistically, the end pieces can have various designs, which, like many other small details on glasses, help to add character.

This particular member of the small details on glasses contributes to the look and feel of the glasses as does the bridge—the curvature or rigidity of the endpieces can help to define the relative “theme” of a pair of frames. The temple arms will most likely be thick if the end pieces are thick. The temple arms will most likely be thin if the end pieces are thin. And it’s in this way that the endpieces demonstrate a symbiotic relationship with the rest of the glasses.

A lot of different things come together to make glasses beautiful. The fascinating aspect is that there is not one among the small details on glasses that are more important than the other. Instead, all of the small details on the glasses seem to come together and help to complement each other to make create an exquisite pair of glasses; the rivets cannot exist without the hinges, the hinges cannot exist without the temple arms, the temple arms cannot exist without the endpieces. The closer we look, the more we can see that the small details on the glasses help each pair stand apart in their unique design.