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Guide to Chandeliers



Glass Chandeliers


Find out more about Glass Chandeliers

The surest, most drastic way to give your home an instant makeover is to install a chandelier. Chandelier lighting can help express your personality, set the mood, and generally light your rooms in a much more efficient manner. Table lamps and floor lamps are the most common interior lighting technique in the world today, and anything that common can become tedious and dull from a decorative point of view, so dare to stand out from the crowd by adding a chandelier. It’s been said that chandeliers are beautiful to look at even when their not lit, and this is mostly true of a hand-blown glass chandelier.

Many of the thousands of types of chandeliers on the market today use glass to some extent in their construction. Most often the glass component is merely the frosted chandelier shades surrounding the electric light bulbs that shields the eye from glare by diffusing the light gently around the room. But there are some types of chandeliers that utilize glass in a more substantial way. In fact, some mostly glass chandeliers rank as some of the most beautiful and fantastic chandeliers on the planet.

Hand blown glass is made by melting glass at very high temperatures on the end of a long metal pipe. The glass blower then blows through the pipe whilst slowly rotating it, making the molten glass stuck to the other end slowly fill up with air until he has created the shape he’s after. While still very hot, the glass can be coaxed – with the right tools that is - into taking virtually any form. Hand blown glass chandeliers are made in just this way, and as you can imagine, they take on literally thousands of different styles, shapes, colors, and forms. Glass, being such malleable substance at very high temperatures, makes virtually anything possible. The imagination of the glass artist is the only limitation.

Glass chandeliers have been made now for centuries. The sophisticated glass blowing techniques were first applied to chandelier making on the Venetian island of Murano around 1700. These techniques have been passed down and improved upon through the centuries, making the blown-glass chandelier a real treasure and a joy to own. The only unfortunate aspect of glass chandeliers is that, because they are so painstakingly hand made and usually possess some element of originality and “one-of-a-kindness”, the prices are often quite steep. It’s difficult to find much worth mentioning for under $400, and these would still be rather simplistic.

For a truly memorable piece, the kind of thing that becomes a family heirloom, you should be prepared to spend over $1000. I know it seems like a lot of money, and of course it is, but bear in mind that essentially you’re buying a work of sculpture which is likely to appreciate in value if well looked after.