Round Chandelier with Crystals: Crystals Then & Now

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Round Chandelier with Crystals: Crystals Then & Now

When you think of a crystal chandelier, you might think of something traditional in style or maybe something ornate; it all depends on your personal taste. But whatever that may be, elegance certainly comes to mind. These grand light fixtures started out as candle chandeliers. Today, chandeliers come in all shapes, sizes and materials, from a tiered mesh chandelier to a round chandelier with crystals.

A Quick History Lesson

Some of the earliest forms of chandeliers began as mobile candle chandeliers that were unfixed to any ceiling or wall and were small enough to be carried from one room to another, making them more like candelabras than chandeliers. They were usually made of cast metals or gilded wood, or both. Going as far back as some time in the 15th century, candle chandeliers began to take on more intricate forms and larger sizes. They began to mimic the rings and crowns of royalty on a larger scale.
It wasn’t until about the 18th century that lead crystals could be produced more affordably and used more and more as a light dispersing material for chandeliers. This gradual progression eventually led to the many varieties of chandeliers we see today in homes, hotels, restaurants, banquet halls and more.

Today’s Crystal Chandeliers

Today’s crystal chandeliers come in all shapes and sizes. Some are more traditional, with a tiered birthday cake shape, dangling crystal beads and electric candelabras with twisted candle shaped bulbs, while some are linear with a few dangling crystals and a mesh lamp shade hiding the bulbs.
Whichever look you’re after, there are a couple of things to consider when shopping for any type of chandelier made of crystals:
  1. What are the types of crystals?
  2. How do you clean and care for the crystals?

Types of Crystals

All types of chandelier crystal offer that timeless sparkle that has become synonymous with the material. However, the varieties each have different types of oxides and oxide ratios, as well as different manufacturing processes. Different cutting and polishing methods make some crystals are more time consuming to produce and some crystals are more light reflective.
Some of the more common types of crystal include:
  • Strass Crystal: the most expensive of the bunch, this crystal includes Swarovski Elements as it’s made by Swarovski AG. These crystals are usually machine cut and polished, making their edges very clean and their clarity and luminosity very bright.
  • Turkish Crystal: This is a handcut type of crystal that is also called heritage handcut crystal. It is made using an old technique from centuries ago. As such, it is laborious and time-consuming. It is handcut using iron and then sandstone grinding wheels and is polished on a wood wheel using marble dust.
  • Italian Crystal: this crystal is also called legacy or Venetian. Unlike the other two, this crystal is polished by fire. This gives the crystal a subdued brilliance and shine. Cool right?!

How to Clean Your Crystal Chandelier

Some crystal chandelier manufacturers use a coating on their crystal beads and prisms, making it easier to keep them clean. Dusting your chandelier with a feather duster or microfiber cloth will help maximize the time between deep cleans. When lightly or deeply cleaning your crystal chandelier, it’s recommended that you lay down a thick blanket or sheet beneath the light fixture to prevent any damage should a piece fall. For deep cleans, all you need to use is a mild dish soap.
Today, there are not only more varieties of crystal chandeliers but also more modern varieties, such as linear, square and round chandeliers with crystals. With so many style options now available for crystal chandeliers, they are great for any room of the house, from the foyer to the dining table to the bedroom. To learn more about the various types of crystals and how to care for them, speak to a lighting fixture expert at Prima Lighting