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Buying Crystal Lighting - Capitol Lighting Lighten Up! Series

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Buying a crystal chandelier is not unlike buying a diamond. When considering the actual crystal for your chandelier, you should pay close attention to three elements: shape, grade and color. Let's start with crystal shapes. A crystal chandelier is typically dominated by the crystal with which it is dressed so it stands to reason that the style of the crystal itself will greatly impact the style of the chandelier. This chandelier from American Brass andamp; Crystal's Rosetta Collection is adorned with Pendalogue shaped crystals. The subtle curves and precise cuts of the Pendalogue give it a romantic and stately feel. Now that you've selected the shape that will dress your dandeacute;cor, let's move on to the discussion of the all important grade of crystal. Your typical every day crystal is hand cut from a mold and then polished, often with the use of spinning wood wheel. As the leader in crystal, Swarovski has perfected this century old art with its perfectly cut Strass crystal, shown here on this chandelier from Schonbek's Olde World Collection. A clear crystal chandelier is as classic as it is timeless. But if you're feeling bold, consider adding a dash of color to your home's new jewelry. Adding a touch of color to your crystal chandelier can truly make your dandeacute;cor come alive. Subtle touches of color can cause the crystal to bathe your wood dining room in gold or bring out the subtle veins in your marble surfaces. This chandelier from Schonbek New Orleans Collection is dressed in Swarovski's Golden Shadow crystal. Other earth tones available from Swarovski are Golden Teak, Silver Teak and Silver Shade. Off course, if you really want to see crystals explode with color, take a look at our episode on Schonbek's Geometrix collection.andnbsp;
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