Mesh Chandeliers for
Chandelier light fixtures today are available in all sorts
of materials, shapes and sizes, which offers more of a variety to customers in
terms of appearance, functionality and, not to mention, price! What started out
once as an unfixed, candlelit light fixture made of wood and/or cast metal that
was held to light the way from one room to another, chandeliers now come in a
variety of styles, such as mesh chandeliers, crystal chandeliers and more.
Background: How Chandeliers Began
Prior to the 15th century, chandeliers were more
like small candelabras and lanterns. They had to be small enough to carry by
hand, as they were used to light the way of the holder and illuminate whatever
room in which the candelabra or lantern would be placed. It wasn’t until the 18th
century that crystal chandeliers started to be made more and more.
Today, crystal chandeliers come in a diverse range of
styles, colours, sizes, shapes and finishes. Some are pure and clear, with
branches and dangling beads, while others are coloured with no branches or arms
and made of crystal prisms. Regardless, all types of crystal chandeliers are
sure to give off that brilliant sparkle when illuminated. Some of the most
popularly used crystals are:
- Heritage Handcut
- Strass Swarovski
The different types of crystals differ in their oxide ratios
and the techniques used to cut and polish the crystals.
Heritage handcut crystals are also referred to as Turkish
crystals. They’re cut by hand and they’re polished by hand. Cutting these
crystals is a two-step process. First, an iron grinding wheel is used. Then, a
sandstone grinding wheel is used. Polishing these crystals involves a wood
wheel and marble dust. This approach is one that has been used for centuries,
making it ideal for those looking for something more "authentic.”
Strass crystals are made by Swarovski AG. These crystals are
extremely pure in clarity and luminousness, as they are cut and polished by
machine. These crystals are also given an application of an anti-dust coating,
making it easy to maintain their shine.
Legacy crystals are also referred to as Italian crystals or Venetian
crystals. They are not cut or polished using machine or hand. They are cut – or
rather, moulded and polished – using fire. This results in a quieter, less
Whatever type of crystal you go with, crystal chandeliers
are perhaps the most traditional and common type of chandelier seen today. A
modern take on this type of chandelier is the mesh chandelier, as it tends to
have a more modern flair. Chandeliers made of both crystal and mesh offer the
best of both looks.
Chandeliers that use mesh often use the material to make up
almost a type of lamp shade. By using mesh, a more elegant, sophisticated look
is achieved in comparison to regular lamp shades. The mesh helps to diffuse the
light and project a softer, ambient mood lighting.
Mesh can also be used to make up the entire chandelier,
rather than being limited to the shade. These mesh curtain chandeliers are more
opulent and achieve a more traditional and ornate appearance.
Whether you go with an all crystal chandelier, all mesh, or
a mixture of the two, there is a style to match your personal style and décor –
and your budget.