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Guide to Picking Perfect Crystal Lighting

Posted by Gavin Martin on Wed, January 13, 2010

Crystal Lighting 

(S) STRASS CRYSTAL : Absolute perfection.
Considered the finest crystal in the world. Strass is manufactured by Swarovski AG in the Austrian Alps. Strass is an optically pure crystal, clear as spring water, totally free of flaws, unique in purity and brilliance. Strass crystal is characterized by razor-sharp cutting of facets with the lead content in excess of 30 percent. Cutting and polishing are done by machine to achieve perfect optical clarity. Strass crystals are treated with an invisible coating which eliminates dust attraction and makes it easier to clean and maintain.

(SAQ) SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL: A beautiful value.
A passion for perfection has made Swarovski the world leader in production of cut crystal. Swarovski & Co. manufacturer of Strass Crystal, has created a new alternative quality crystal. Swarovski used advanced technology with olde world knowledge to produce brilliant crystal with precision cutting and superior light reflection. This crystal type is designed for a crystal connoisseur demanding quality at an affordable price.

(MWP) MAJESTIC WOOD POLISHED: The choice of traditionalists.
Our majestic Wood Polished crystal is cut by hand in two stages on an iron and then a sandstone wheel. Each crystal is then polished on a wood wheel with marble dust. These methods go back centuries. If you look closely you will notice faint traces of the wood-wheel attesting to the concentrated labor of the artisan. This is a mark of authenticity. Each piece is a unique and original masterpiece.

(I) ITALIAN CRYSTAL: Venetian heritage.
Venetian crystal (from the glass-making regions in and around Venice) is molded, not cut. You will notice a rounding of edges that comes form fire polishing. Molded crystal though never as brilliant as cut crystal, has a subtle charm and is an exceptional value. It is an ideal budget crystal for heavily dressed and or commercially oriented chandeliers.

MURANO CRYSTAL: Imaginative form.
Each hand blown piece is an original work of art. No two crystals are alike. When color is added, the crystal takes on a whimsical form. It comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. Including fruit, spheres, tear-drops and flowers.

Now that you have learned about the different quality of crystals, read our article entitled The 5 C's of Crystal Chandeliers to help you pick the perfect crystal chandelier. 

Crystorama Lighting is the prefered Crystal Lighting manufacturer on LightingCatalog.com. Be sure to check out Crystorama Chandeliers.

Tags: Crystorama, Crystal Lighting, Design tips

The 5 C's of Crystal Chandeliers

Posted by Gavin Martin on Sat, January 09, 2010

Crystorama LightingLearn the 5 C's of Crystal Chandeliers to ensure you pick the perfect Crystal Lighting Fixture for your home.  We talked with the crystal experts at Crystorama Lighting to help guide you in your purchase decision.  

Circumference:
Understand the right size chandelier for your room. Proper scale 2" per foot of room. If circumference of room is 12' X 14', a 26" diameter chandelier is correct.

Additional Guidelines
4 - 6 person dining table: 20"-24" chandelier
6 - 8 person dining table: 25"-29" chandelier
8 - 10 person dining table: 30"-36" chandelier
Height above dining table: 30"- 32".
Two story Foyer: 10'-11' above the floor.

Collection:
Select the desired shape and style to fit your lifestyle and taste.

Cutting:
Select your quality cut of crystal (refer to above "Types of Crystal"). Buying a crystal chandelier is similar to buying a diamond. Choose your preferred shape and style of the chandelier. Next, the cost of the chandelier will depend on chosen quality of crystal.

Color:
Select desired finish. Glass arm chandeliers are available in Gold or Silver.
Silver: The authentic color. Will reflect the true color spectrum of crystal. Works in all interiors.
Gold: A dramatic color. Works well when complementing furniture and hardware in brass.

Confidence:
Crystorama Lighting has earned confidence with 40 years of experience and worldwide reputation for quality and professional service. A crystal chandelier, whatever its shape, size, or cost, is an important purchase. We encourage you to seek the help and advice of experienced personnel before choosing the chandelier that will become a part of your personal history, future and lifestyle. Crystorama is the leading manufacturer of Crystal Chandeliers sold on LightingCatalog.com.

Tags: Crystorama, Crystal Lighting, Design tips

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