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What to Look For When Buying a Crystal Chandelier

Crystal chandeliers are usually quite expensive so you need to know how to choose the right one. Crystal chandeliers are very attractive and can add to the beauty of any room. They have a unique way of reflecting and refracting light and can spread warm light throughout the room. However, it’s important to choose a fixture that fits in well with the overall design of your room, and to make sure that you get good quality for the price you pay. Here are some suggestions to help you find the right one for your room.

Measurements and Size of the Chandelier

White ChandelierYou want your crystal chandelier to command attention but not overwhelm the entire room, which is why it's important to find the right size that isn't too big for your décor. There are several things you need to consider when you pick the chandelier size, such as:

  • The height and width of the room.
  • The height and width of the dining table, if you intend to place the chandelier above it.
  • The number of people at the dining table.
  • The height and width of the bed, if you intend to place the chandelier above it.

When it doubt, take several pictures of the room you plan to install the chandelier in and get help from the sales assistant at the lighting store.

Types of Crystals

The quality of the chandelier depends largely on the quality of the crystals, and that’s why some fixtures are more expensive than others. There are several options available to you, including:

Czech

Czech crystals are handmade. The ingredients are poured into a mould to harden in shape before they’re cut and polished. There’s no machine involved in the process but the cut and quality of these crystals is excellent. Because of this, Czech crystal chandeliers are very expensive.

Egyptian

These crystals have high levels of clarity and sharpness and contain good concentrates of lead. They’re brilliant and will reflect light wonderfully. They’re also more affordable than Czech crystals.

Italian

If you want to save some money on chandeliers, you should opt for one with Italian crystals. They’re made in moulds and polished with fire or hydrochloric acid, which gives the crystals unique, rounded edges. While they’re not as sharp and brilliant as other crystals, they’re still quite beautiful.

Murano

Murano is known for blown glass and they create crystals with the same process. These crystals have a unique shape that looks very beautiful and reflects light well. They also come in a number of colours, so you don’t have to choose something plain and white.

Swarovski

Chandelier CrystalsSwarovski crystals are well known for their quality and brilliance. The company offers two types of crystals; the Spectra and the Strass. The Spectra line contains products with 30% lead, machine-cut, and perfect symmetry. They’re brilliant, well-made, and very attractive, which explains their prize.

The Spectra crystals are the second most expensive ones available in the market. The Strass crystals are manufactured in the same manner but they have a dust and dirt-resistant coating on them. These are the most expensive crystals available on the market.

There are several different types of crystal chandeliers made from low quality crystals but they don’t offer the same look and brilliance that well-made crystals do, so when you shop for chandeliers, always pay attention to the quality of the crystals.

If you keep these things in mind, you’ll purchase a fixture that looks great and is durable. Don’t hesitate to spend a little extra on a good quality product because you won’t regret it down the line.