Less is More! Little else embodies this phrase better than rimless glasses.
Rimless frames have their roots in the late 19th century, and these enduring classic and timeless styles are ever more popular. Combining ultra-strong titanium frame parts with minimalist styling, there is no other frame type that is lighter in weight. Because the lenses are mounted to the frame using holes precision-drilled through the lenses, special lens materials are required. These materials, such as Trivex® are not only very strong, but also very light in weight, further adding to your wearing experience. The result is a pair of spectacles that could weigh as little as a HB pencil, depending upon your prescription of course! If you also have the lenses anti-reflection coated, they can be as invisible as practically possible.
Because rimless spectacles are even more of a precision item than the average pair of spectacles, they need a greater investment in time and materials to produce the ultimate end product. This process starts in the design and production of the frame to ensure the frame is durable and comfortable and will not tarnish or scratch in everyday normal wear. Combine all this with the sophisticated (and expensive!) machinery required to drill the lens holes to the correct diameter, angle and finish for your individual requirements, the careful setting up before glazing, and assembly afterwards, by experts in their field, and the end result is a pair of spectacles that could not be better made or more comfortable. The final process is the careful fitting by our qualified Dispensing Optician to ensure you have the best wearer experience possible.
You might ask “If they are minimally styled, then surely they are all the same?” Rest assured they are not. We carry three manufacturers rimless ranges (see below), who all offer a wide variety of frame colours and styles, some more subtle than others, not to forget the myriad of lens shapes available. We can also make a lens to your own choice of shape – bring us your designs to challenge us! The other practical benefit here is the ability to make frames as small or as large as you require, so if you struggle to find frames big enough or small enough, rimless might just be the answer. To put it bluntly, people with larger than average heads can finally wear glasses of a suitable size without the expense of having a frame custom made, (which we can also do). Alternatively if you require a larger frame in a full rim, we can source some frames in large sizes.
Ranges we carry in stock:
Silhouette - A name that is synonymous with rimless. Classic, high quality frames that last and last. The range can be viewed here.
Minima – French design incorporating easily interchangeable sides to give you a range of looks – see a quick video here
Stepper – Titanium for lightness, and a great range of available styles at affordable prices
Superlite – our entry level rimless range – many models made of lightweight and strong titanium, featuring the choice to select any of the lens shapes from the range – a true mix-and-match option at an affordable price!