Metal Frame

Metal frames, aka wire frames, are made in materials such as Stainless Steel, Surgical Steel, Titanium, Beta Titanium, Aluminum, Gold and other metal combinations.  Here are some common characteristics of metal frames:

  • Adjustable Nosepads
  • Thin Profile
  • Light Weight (Depending on the material)

Plastic Frames

Plastic frames are made of materials such as Acetate, Ultra Dense Acetate, Optyl, Ultem, SPX, Nylon, Polycarbonate and more.  There is an almost uncountable amount of color combinations and styles.  Here are a few common characteristics of plastic frames:

  • Most do no have nosepads
  • More color options than metal
  • Bold, low profile and everything in between


Rimless frames, aka 3-Piece frames, are commonly found in materials such as Titanium, Beta-Titanium, Steel and in some cases plastic.  Here are a few characteristics of rimless frames:

  • Almost always have nosepads
  • Can be ultra light-weight
  • Lens shapes can be customized

Half Rimless

There are a few variations of half-rim frames but the most common version has a frame across the top of the lenses and a thin nylon string beneath the lens.  This type of frame requires the lenses to be grooved in order to accommodate the nylon string.  Here are a few common characteristics of half-rim frames:

  • Almost always come with nosepads
  • Most are made out of metal
  • Lenses are mounted through a groove instead of a typical bevel

Organic Materials

For those looking for something really outside the box, organic materials may be for you.  Here are a few:

  • Wood
  • Bamboo
  • Cork