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Traditional Crystal Lights

These lights are more traditional in their approach and are those which would grace a stately home (if you are lucky enough to have one!). Choose from a wide selection of fittings and, if you are unsure of the difference between glass and crystal, please see the information listed below the products.

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Elstead Mignon 8 Light Chandelier - Crystal Teardrop DropletsElstead Mignon 8 Light Chandelier - Crystal Teardrop Droplets
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Elstead Mignon 8 Light Chandelier - Crystal Teardrop Droplets

 
£399.00
Antique Gold Leaf Bobeches
3 Light Elegant Rococo Style Chandeliers - Crystal Adorned3 Light Elegant Rococo Style Chandeliers - Crystal Adorned

3 Light Elegant Rococo Style Chandeliers - Crystal Adorned

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£252.45
Bronze & Gold or Black & Silver Finish
Bronze Patinated Chandelier - Gold Gilt With Glass DropletsBronze Patinated Chandelier - Gold Gilt With Glass Droplets

Bronze Patinated Chandelier - Gold Gilt With Glass Droplets

3 Products
£290.00
Three Sizes & Other Products in the Range
Crystal 8 Arm Chandelier with Multiple Crystal DropletsCrystal 8 Arm Chandelier with Multiple Crystal Droplets

Crystal 8 Arm Chandelier with Multiple Crystal Droplets

 
£467.00
Chain Link Suspension with Velvet Cover
Rose Coloured Crystal 8 Arm ChandelierRose Coloured Crystal 8 Arm Chandelier

Rose Coloured Crystal 8 Arm Chandelier

 
£510.00
Crystal Octagons & Drops - Velvet Chain Cover
Chandelier with Crystal Droplets - 8 Arms Chandelier with Crystal Droplets - 8 Arms

Chandelier with Crystal Droplets - 8 Arms

2 Products
£785.00
Choose Gold or Antique Silver Finish
Cut Crystal 10 Arm Chandelier Scrolled & CurledCut Crystal 10 Arm Chandelier Scrolled & Curled

Cut Crystal 10 Arm Chandelier Scrolled & Curled

2 Products
£870.50
Clear Glass with Either Gold or Chrome Finish
Blown Glass & Cut Crystal 18 Arm ChandelierBlown Glass & Cut Crystal 18 Arm Chandelier

Blown Glass & Cut Crystal 18 Arm Chandelier

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£935.00
Choose Chrome or Gold Metal Frame
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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 is 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.