The earliest chandeliers were simple candeliers made of wood that were illuminated by candles. It wasn't until the 17th century that chandeliers were adorned with sparkling quartz, known as rock crystal and glass drops. In the 18th century advances in glass making created lead crystal, which soon was used to decorate chandeliers as well as wall sconces and other lighting. Originating in Bohemia, now the Czech Republic, crystal decorated chandeliers became known as Bohemian chandeliers. The English firm of Waterford began to produce lead crystal in the 19th century. Crystal chandeliers can be found in the finest homes, palaces and public buildings. Today's crystal chandeliers can be composed of rock crystal, lead crystal and Swarovski crystals.
The crystal chandelier in this living room adds a touch of glamor to a contemporary space. Crystal chandeliers are not just for traditional or ornate interiors. These sparkling beauties bring elegance and glamor to any space or design. The beautiful light refracted by hundreds of crystal prisms draws the eye to the center of the room. Keeping the furniture and decorative accents simple lets the chandelier be the star of the room. Rich fabrics on windows and upholstery emphasize the sense of luxury the crystal chandelier creates. Neutral colors on walls, furniture and floor put the focus on the shapes and textures of the design elements, allowing the glass crystals to shine.