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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Crystal Lighting

I was never fond of crystal lighting until recently. My Grandparents had crystal in their home, and it looked too formal. Formality is no longer the rule, as we have stated in prior posts. Kitchens and dining areas have merged to form one great room, which has implications for appliances, furniture, cabinets and especially lighting. Today, lighting, especially crystal, has changed to reflect this shift in lifestyle.

First, lets look at the product. The best crystal has a better lead content, so it refracts light and sparkles brighter. Typically, it is termed Strauss. It will, however, cost 30-40% more than a lesser grade for the identical chandelier.

The styles now are almost endless. Now you can buy pendants and more contemporary pieces in a style that was exclusively traditional.




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