Traditionally, horn eyewear has been a custom made frame product sold only in luxury frame boutiques and at prices ranging from $700 to well over $1,000. So why the expensive prices?
For starters, horn is a lightweight, comfortable and beautiful frame material that is able to command such a high price. While horn from Asian water buffalo is plentiful, few manufacturers have the skill to transform horn into eyewear. Only the most skilled workers at the best frame fabricators have the capability of carving and polishing horn materials in a manner suitable for luxury eyewear.
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When you select your horn eyewear, you will notice that it is polished to a shine. However, like many other natural materials, horn eyewear over time develops a unique patina. As it ages, the character of the horn will begin to show. Very subtle patterns and textures will appear. You will notice the frames further adjust to the shape of your face. This is due to the warmth of your skin. You will also note that areas where your skin makes contact with the horn, a matte finish will develop that will further enhance the fit of the frame.
Horn eyewear is naturally lightweight and strong. Unlike other frames, no wire is needed in the core of the temple pieces to hold the shape of the frame. Horn is hypoallergenic making it perfect for people whose skin reacts to certain metals or have sensitive skin.
A few items need considered when caring for your horn frames. Horn frames should be cleaned by wiping with a soft cloth. When necessary, you can use a mild soap and water and dry with a soft cloth. Never soak your frames. Horn is a natural material and over time, it will need to be moisturized to prevent it from becoming brittle. You should rejuvenate your frames by periodically rubbing them with a mineral based oil such as petroleum jelly or baby oil. Plant based oils are not recommended. One expert tip is to rub a small amount of Vaseline on your horn frames and leaves on overnight allowing the oil to fully penetrate the frame. In the morning, the frames are fully rejuvenated. With these simple care tips, your horn frames will give you years of enjoyment.