Chandelier. Wednesday , January 31st , 2018 - 05:24:48 AM
Between the 11th and the 15th century, the Flemish town of Dimant became famous for its chandelier brass works, and in the 16th century the Dutch brass ball chandelier became popular. Over the next couple of centuries, chandeliers became popular, particularly for the very wealthy and royals. The chandeliers changed in many ways, shapes and sizes as technology and fashion modernised and transformed. In the 17th century, the first chandeliers featuring rock crystals were manufactured. These chandeliers were the first of the more extravagant and decorative chandeliers.
Crystals in chandeliers were originally used to help reflect and spread the light. Crystal glass was found to be the best material for this purpose. Into the 19th century, roped pendants and hanging drops were added to chandelier designs. With the discovery and use of electricity, the antique chandelier has of course moved with the times, and now incorporates electric or gas lighting. Candlelit chandeliers are still available, however, and can add some wonderful unique elegance and personality in the lighting of your home.
To find the style that suits you, shop around. To help determine your style, take pictures of your rooms and pictures of your favorite pieces in that room. Now go to a lighting gallery or two with pictures in hand. Check out the lighting styles available and pick a few that seem to fit in with your pictures. Now take pictures of those chandeliers and other hanging lights and take them home. Review your pictures while keeping the size and the brightness of the chandelier in mind. You want a chandelier that will provide adequate lighting for its location, but will not blind your guests.
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