Tortoiseshell Sunglasses, Weathering the Changes of Time

Sep 29, 2013 Olympic Eyewear


Ever since their popularity in the 1900s, tortoiseshell sunglasses have been a top choice for sunglasses designers who are always searching for new ways to add to classic trends.

Did you know, though, that the earliest tortoiseshell sunglasses were made from the real shell of hawksbill turtles? The material was popular at the time and was being used for a number of different products in addition to sunglasses frames. The species, however, became endangered for obvious reasons prompting the banning of its exploitation. After an international trade ban in 1973, real tortoise shell was no longer produced. Sunglasses frames, and other products have incorporated tortoiseshell plastics ever since.

The look of tortoiseshell has remained a top choice among sunglasses aficionados. Tortoiseshell frames are classy – they have the look of fineness and are timeless. Tortoiseshell also appeals to people with an artsy fashion sense. Tortoise shell is additionally adaptable, and easily-matched. The mottled multi-color pattern of it makes it great for contrasting with or complementing a variety of colors in your outfits.

Olympic Eyewear is your one stop resource for designer wholesale sunglasses. We carry brands like DG Sunglasses, Biohazard Sunglasses, and Locs Sunglasses.We pride ourselves in great service and offer discounts on certain orders.

We carry many unique tortoiseshell models in our vast collection. Choose classic designs or go vintage with a contemporary twist. We have options. Come check us out!

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