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Ceiling Cut Glass Chandeliers

Advances in glass making technology in the early eighteen century led to the widespread production of cut-glass and lead crystal chandeliers. Glittering crystal chandeliers do not necessarily require the formal setting of grand reception rooms as crystal chandeliers can be just as much at home in an uncluttered contemporary interior. If you would like to know the difference between crystal and glass please see the information below the products.

Chrome & Glass Crystal 5 Light ChandelierChrome & Glass Crystal 5 Light Chandelier

Chrome & Glass Crystal 5 Light Chandelier

 
£285.00
Two Sizes & Matching Wall Light Available
Chrome & Glass Crystal 8 Light ChandelierChrome & Glass Crystal 8 Light Chandelier

Chrome & Glass Crystal 8 Light Chandelier

 
£453.60
A Wonderful Statement Piece for Your Home
Diana Crystal Chandelier - 8 Arm

Diana Crystal Chandelier - 8 Arm

2 Products
£504.00
Brass or Nickel finish
Silver & Gold Patina ChandeliersSilver & Gold Patina Chandeliers

Silver & Gold Patina Chandeliers

3 Products
£165.00
5, 8 & 18 Light Chandeliers Available
Silver & Gold 18 Light Chandelier

Silver & Gold 18 Light Chandelier

 
£2,650.00
Wall Light & 3, 5 & 8 Light Chandelier Available
Polished Nickel & Cut Glass Droplet ChandelierPolished Nickel & Cut Glass Droplet Chandelier

Polished Nickel & Cut Glass Droplet Chandelier

3 Products
£200.00
3, 5 or 8 Arm plus Wall Lights to Match
3 Light Ornate Chandelier - 30% Lead Crystal3 Light Ornate Chandelier - 30% Lead Crystal

3 Light Ornate Chandelier - 30% Lead Crystal

 
£270.00
Bronze or Black Silver Finish
Crystal Teardrop Chandelier with DropletsCrystal Teardrop Chandelier with Droplets

Crystal Teardrop Chandelier with Droplets

 
£475.00
Antique Gold Leaf Bobeches
Murano Glass Contemporary Styled ChandelierMurano Glass Contemporary Styled Chandelier

Murano Glass Contemporary Styled Chandelier

16 Products
£1,157.20
4 Sizes and 4 Colour Options

Cut Crystal Chandeliers

Confused as to the difference between crystal and glass? Crystal has a lead content of at least 24% whereas glass has no lead. Very fine quality crystal will contain anywhere from 36% to 70%. Higher lead content increases clarity, brilliance and weight however lead crystal is soft and more susceptible to scratching.

So, the difference between glass and crystal is the lead content and glass contains little or no lead. Glass will usually have softer edges than crystal.

Whether a product is labelled as crystal or glass (or sometimes cut glass) differs from country to country. In the Western world crystal usually indicates the presence of lead with a content of at least 24%. Lights containing 10% of lead oxide can be labelled as crystal and products containing more than 30% of lead oxide are labelled as "high-lead crystal".

In the Czech Republic, the term "crystal" is used for any exquisite, high quality glass. Therefore "leaded crystal" means that the crystal contains more than 24% of lead oxide.

The presence of lead softens the glass and makes it more suitable for cutting and engraving. Lead increases the weight of the glass and causes the glass to refract light. If crystal contains less than 24% of lead, it has a higher proportion of barium oxide which ensures that the light refracts well.

A crystal chandelier will cast a high spectrum of colours around the room and if its content of lead is higher the chandelier will provide even more sparkle.

Acrylic Crystal Beads

Acrylic is a useful, clear plastic that resembles glass, but has properties that make it superior to glass in many ways. It’s lighter making it less easy to break or shatter.

Acrylic may have a transparency rate of 93% making it the clearest material known. Very thick glass will have a green tint, while acrylic remains clear.

There are some misconceptions about acrylic, namely that it yellows, turns brittle and cracks over time. Though this might be true of very cheap forms of plastic, it is not so with acrylic. Some people worry that acrylic scratches too easily, but unlike glass, scratches can be easily buffed out of acrylic.