The favorite of collage, assemblage and jewelry artists for some time, optical lenses (originally from an optometrist’s trial lens sets) are great to add focus to any project. Ours are in excellent condition with few (if any) nicks.
The rims may be silvery or golden - and many boast a rich patina or aging, adding to their charm and value. Lenses also differ in thickness and may have some frosting and even a number or symbol on the metal or on the lens itself.
Most hail from the early to mid 1900s; some from a bit later. Some of the lenses have small holes in the handle that make them perfect for your jewelry project - add a jump ring or split ring easily.
We know these would be great as an embellishment or gift tag on a special package for an optician, ophthalmologist, optometrist - or anyone working with eyes - and for collectors of vintage optical instruments and implements.
These are vintage items and no two are alike. So, yours will vary from the pictured lenses (Two lenses shown for illustration only).