Chandelier crystal components- the quality reflect the price!
Chandelier crystal components and their quality are the major cost
reflected in the price of your light fixture. Below is a list of
the many types of chandelier crystal grades to make it easier for
you to decide what grade glass you are looking for; or to learn
more about the type of crystal components within a lighting fixture
you own-- or are soon to purchase.
Types of chandelier crystal
Strass Crystal- Finest crystal in the world and is manufactured
by Swarovki in the Austrian Alps. It is machine cut, polished includes
razor sharp faceting to achieve perfect optical clarity and unique
purity and brilliance. Lead content in excess of 30%. An invisible
coating makes Strass crystal easier to clean. Components used in
making Swarovski crystal chandelier.
Swarovski Spectra Crystal- This crystal grade offers a high degree
of brilliance at an attractive price. This crystal is just like
Strass but without the optical coating. (AQ- Alternate Quality Crystal)
Component used in making Swarovski crystal chadelier.
Gemcut Crystal- Top quality, machine-cut crystal of a clarity and
flawlessness beyond industry standards. It is characterized by prismatic
brilliance, visual purity, sharp faceting and precise polishing.
(Egyptian / Moroccan crystal)
Heritage Handcut- The methods of producing this type of crystal
date back centuries. The labor intensive process includes: cutting
crystal first by hand in two stages on iron and then sandstone grinding
wheels. Each crystal is then polished on a wood wheel with marble
dust. (Turkish crystal)
Legacy Venetian Crystal- This crystal comes from the historic glass-making
region around Venice. Venetian crystal is molded & fire-polished
rather that cut, which results in subtle luminosity rather than
fiery brilliance. Interior designers often prefer the antique look
of Venetian crystal. (Italian crystal)
Chinese Crystal- Mass produced - this entry level crystal is modestly
priced. It is cut and polished like more expensive grades, but lacks
the optical quality and precision of facets. Good if you are looking
for high value and more for less.
Rock Crystal- Not real crystal glass- crystal rock is mined not
manufactured. It can't be mass produced. Each rock crystal is completely
unique, created by geological events and pressures taking place
over millions of years. Authentic rock crystal bears a unique mark
from this process, and can be identified by visual appearance and
Some shapes of chandelier crystal include: diamond, icicle, spear,
pear & octagonal.
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