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Buying
a Chandelier?

Tips to Lighten Your Path!


Chandeliers 101

chandelierChandeliers
are considered to be one of the most elegant of accessories a person can
add to his or her home. There are literally thousands of chandeliers
available on the market today, and in vast arrays of different sizes,
styles, and choices of crystal or glass, wrought iron or rustic.

You can just imagine
the eminently distinctive and romantic beauty of a hand-blown
Italian glass chandelier bobbing along the canals of Venice in a
gondola slowly making its way to your living room.

Alternatively you may
feel much more comfortable with the clean lines and style of an ultra-modern
piece, or anything in between.  With options and choices for lighting,
you’re almost certain to find a style that suits your taste, your space, and
your budget.

The Marks of a
Craftsman

You should be aware that if
you’ve ordered a high quality design in hand blown glass, you may at first be
disappointed in some of the rough finishes. However to an expert these seeming
‘blemishes’ are regarded as its certificate of uniqueness; they are the
hallowed seal of a master craftsman.  So, before you buy, make sure you do
some homework on how to evaluate their quality, such as when rough edges mean
rough products and when they don’t.

Crystals – It’s
Not the Size That Matters

When it
comes to a crystal chandelier, it is the quality rather than the size of
those gleaming jewels that matters. Chandelier manufacturers use
everything from top-of-the-line Swarovski crystals and high-quality Murano
glass to the slightly lower qualities of glass perhaps of the
Bohemian-style glass lighting .

At the other end of the scale
you will find many cheaper quality products that simply use a transparent
polymer, but also to great effect. 

chandelier

Top chandelier designers like
Schonbek and James Moder use only the best Swarovski crystals for
their high-end models, and these materials quickly inflate prices into the
thousands of pounds and beyond.  However, for those of us looking for
something a little more modest in price, those designers, along with many others,
offer smaller chandeliers with a range of crystal quality to accommodate our
budget.

Your Chandelier and
Your Wallet

How much you want to spend on
a chandelier will most likely relate to where you plan to put the chandelier in
your home, and vice versa.  For example, if you want to feature one in one
of your main reception rooms, you might want to consider investing more into it
than, say, a chandelier hanging in your foyer.  Why?  Guests don’t
like to linger in the entrance hall for very long. A cheaper chandelier there
will suffice, welcome and impress.

chandelierThey will
however be spending more time in the dining room casually savouring the
glassware while imbibing their meal and wine. 

If you are going to
invest more in a piece, you can also actually consider it as a long-term
investment, and an heirloom. We would then recommend that you lean more
towards a well-designed, higher-quality model perhaps also with a famous
brand name.  After all it will be gazed upon and admired for long
periods of time and most likely every day if placed in the living room,
rather than one that will be noticed but not closely studied whilst
passing through the hall.

They become a conversation
piece and remember that there are few things more pleasing to you as the host
than being aware of your guests admiring, and listening to them commenting on,
the exquisiteness of your choice in centrepieces and features that you have gone
to some efforts to acquire.

Extra Illumination

Chandeliers
are just as much about making a statement and creating a mood in a space
as they are about lighting. 

Although your purchase will definitely
bring new illumination to the room, it may not be enough for all of your
lighting needs.  Most likely, you will also want to add table lamps,
floor lamps, and/or wall sconces that match or coordinate with your
chandelier design. 

You may want to add some extra light by your favourite reading chair or just have background lighting for a more cosy
ambience or perhaps while watching television or a film.

table lamp

A Family Treasure

The
Murano
Venetian chandelier has been a prized symbol of elegance and enchantment for
many years as has the cascading crystal designs.  Their beauty and elegance
make an absolutely wonderful addition to anyone’s home. And with the amount of
choices we have today, you can so readily find a chandelier that fits your style
and won’t put a huge dent in your bank account. 

A chandelier is a beautiful
piece of art that you, your children and your visitors will enjoy for years to
come.  You will be proud of your sparkling investment, which is sure to
become one of your more desired and treasured family heirlooms.

Author:  Julian Pollock is an
enthusiast of antiques and precious artifacts. He is the principal contributor
to a resource that illuminates everything from contemporary
and modern chandeliers to the more traditional rustic lanterns and sconces.


 


 

 

 

 

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