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How to Clean Your Crystal Chandelier

The holidays are the time for entertaining. Your family may have come over for Thanksgiving dinner and in a blink of an eye your home will be full again for Christmas or Hanukkah. So even though you probably have your hands full buying presents, planning meals, and wrangling your family together, if you have some down time, this is also a good time to clean your crystal chandeliers so they look perfect for the holiday season.

Luckily, cleaning a new chandelier is a relatively painless process. There are specialty spray-on cleaners made specifically for chandeliers that you can buy  from the hardware store. Otherwise, you can simply clean the chandelier with some soapy water. Either way, make sure you disconnect the power from the chandelier and lay down some towels beneath the light to catch any drips (or soften the blow should a glass bead fall).

With either the spray-on cleaner or soapy water, simply wipe the chandelier down with a soft cloth. Make sure you go all the way around the chandelier arms and reach all sides of the crystals. Wipe the chandelier dry when you’re finished to prevent streaks. Now you’ll have a glistening, gleaming chandelier that looks like new for the holiday season.

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Save on Crystal Chandeliers This Holiday

The holiday season is upon us and closing in fast. Your favorite TV show has already aired a Christmas episode, Starbucks has been serving holiday-themed “coffee” for close to a month, and the super market has been selling Christmas decorations roughly since September. The rapid acceleration of the holiday machine can be enough to make you forget the holiday shopping season hasn’t even officially begun yet, but it’s coming up on us quick.

If  you’re already feeling exhausted by the holidays before they’ve even properly started, don’t worry: Kingdom Lighting is here to help you get the perfect gift for that special someone. From now through December, simply shop our collection of crystal chandeliers and Maria Theresa crystal chandeliers online and use the coupon code “HOLIDAY13” to instantly save $25 on any order over $775.

This year, show your loved ones how much you care with an elegant and luxurious chandelier, or treat yourself for surviving another year with a new, striking addition to your home decor. Whether you’re buying for someone else or simply yourself, Kingdom Lighting has a large selection of chandeliers of all makes, sizes, and styles appropriate for any home and even any room. This year, skip the crowded brick and mortars; shop online and save!

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Chandeliers for Every Room

You may already have a crystal chandelier hanging from your ceiling, but that does’t mean you have to limit yourself to featuring the stunning fixtures in the usual places. Plenty of people have a chandelier hanging in the foyer over the staircase, but that’s just the beginning of how you can use chandeliers to improve your home decor.

For example, why not try adding a chandelier in the den? Keep it classy in the study. Light up the library. You can even add elegance to the bathroom: A simple crystal chandelier can hang over the bathtub or add a painted chandelier to match the room’s color scheme.

If you have the room for it, you can even add a chandelier to your walk-in closets. It may seem counter-intuitive to “hide away” something as opulent as a chandelier in a room devoted to storing coats and shoes, but adding a chandelier can transform even that mundane space into a luxurious retreat.

We also offer smaller chandeliers for children rooms. These mini-sized chandeliers will allow you to unify your entire home, even in nurseries or rooms for children, and allow your kids to have a beautiful lighting fixture of their own to admire. There’s no part of your home that can’t be improved with a crystal chandelier!

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Famous Chandeliers Around the World: Part IV

This week, we’ll continue to look at exceptional chandeliers found around the world, this time in Europe and the Middle East.

Escher in het Paleis: Located in the Hague, Netherlands, Escher in het Paleis, or Escher in the Palace, is a museum devoted to the work of the perspective-warping surrealist artist M. C. Escher. Many of Escher’s woodcuts, lithographs, drawings and paintings are displayed, giving an overview of the artist’s work from his early Italian landscapes to the optical illusions that made him famous. The third floor, in fact, is dedicated to these illusions, including a room that uses forced perspective that makes children seem larger than their parents.

And the name isn’t a misnomer: the museum really is housed in Lange Voorhout Palace, in which four Dutch queens used from the 18th to the 20th century. The museum is also famous for the 15 crystal chandeliers that reference Escher works, as designed by Hans van Bentem. Be on the look out for chandeliers shaped like a shark, a skull and cross bones, and even a globe.

Hagia Sophia: One of Istanbul’s most famous tourist attractions, the Hagia Sophia began life in 537 as a Greek Orthodox cathedral before it was converted into a mosque following Constantinople’s invasion by the Ottoman Turks. In 1935, the Republic of Turkey took advantage of the building’s famous domed ceiling, Byzantine towers, and massive size to create a museum displaying priceless works of both Christian and Muslim art. There’s plenty to see at Hagia Sophia, but be sure to look up once in a while to catch a glimpse of the massive pendant chandeliers hanging from the ceiling.

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Famous Chandeliers Around the World: Part Three

This week, we’re continuing to look at notable chandeliers from around the world, this time stopping in Las Vegas and Versailles.

The Chandelier (Las Vegas, Nevada): Plenty of hotels and casinos in Las Vegas contain elaborately themed bars and restaurants, but the Cosmopolitan Hotel on the famous Las Vegas Strip may have outdone them all. The Chandelier is a bar that, true to its name, sits inside a giant chandelier complete with strings of cut glass that envelope the entire place. Actually, it’s a bit of a cheat: the chandelier isn’t truly hanging from the ceiling but held up by marble and glass pillars. Still, if you’ve ever wanted to knock back a few cocktails inside a chandelier, this is probably as close as you’re going to get.

The Palace of Versailles (Versailles, France): The Palace of Versailles, which began construction in 1644, is known for its luxury and opulence. The château has 2,300 rooms spread across 67,000 square meters with over 6,000 paintings, 2,000 sculptures and 5,000 pieces of furniture. But perhaps the most famous feature of the Palace is the Galerie des Glaces, or Hall of Mirrors. Seventeen mirrored arches reflect the 17 arched windows overlooking the gardens outside while 17 large crystal chandeliers (and 26 smaller ones) hang from an elaborately painted ceiling covered in murals. In the 17th century, these chandeliers held over a thousand candles, lighting many of the most important ceremonies of the French Court during the Ancien Régime.

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Unusual Chandeliers Made from Everyday Objects

Chandeliers typically stick to a few tried and true materials that convey class and elegance: crystal, bronze, brass, chrome, et. al. But some trail-blazing mavericks have eschewed those classic looks in lieu of their own unique chandelier creations. Here’s a couple chandeliers made of some less-than-auspicious building blocks.

The Chandelier of MonkeysFirst released in 1965, the Barrel of Monkeys game continues to be a childhood staple even more than a half century later, letting kids build ever-expanding chains with the eponymous monkeys’ interlocking arms. Anyone who remembers the game fondly will get a kick out of John Niero’s piece “Monkey Around,” which uses the translucent monkeys as if they were the luxurious cut glass of a crystal chandelier.

The Fisherman’s FriendThe “Fishing Float Chandelier” created by British designers Pedlars is made out of, as the name implies, dozens of fishing floats and nylon fishing gut. The subdued color scheme of the floats themselves lend themselves to a surprisingly charming lighting fixture, one that seems like it’d be right at home in a rustic hunting lodge.

The Squishy Sphere: What’s most surprising about this chandelier made out of hand-cast acrylic gummy bears isn’t that someone thought to make it in the first place but rather how well the finished product works. That someone was Kevin Champeny, whose “Candelier” features 5,000 bears in the candy’s familiar vibrant hues to create a genuinely attractive piece of home decor.

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Crystal Chandeliers in Hip Hop

People love crystal chandeliers all over the world, but one group is particularly fond of the ornate lighting fixture. We’re referring, of course, to hip-hop MCs, who mention chandeliers nearly as often as premium liquors and luxury SUVs.

On Big Sean’s “Sierra Leone,” the Detroit MC describes his living situation: “Chandelier, marble floor on the feet. She said I’m a Don, I gotta agree.” Curren$y has a similar idea on “Right Now,” in which he commands, “chandelier these ceilings, Italian marble these floors.” Meanwhile, on Rich Gang’s “Bigger than Life,” Birdman has “chandelier lights, Persian on the rug” while Wiz Khalifa’s “Glass House” has a “chandelier ceiling, plush linen” according to Big K.R.I.T. Jay-Z, on the other hand, is “just chilling, watching chandelier ceilings” on “Diamond is Forever.”

Nas may have outdone all of them, however. On “My Way,” he describes “gateways, marble floors, chandeliers. Jacuzzis, Gucci soap, throwing cash in the air.” 50 Cent gives him a run for his money on “Happy New Year,” in which he says “Look, this is my house. We got 50… rooms here. Butlers, maids and them Baccarat chandeliers.” Rick Ross knows how to keep it classy as well. In “The Transporter,” the Boss suggests, “Look up to my ceiling, ladies; chandeliers galore. Look into my closet, then you know I love couture. Even more, shoe collection too fly for the… floor.”

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The Etymology of Chandelier

As we’ve mentioned before on this blog, chandeliers have a long and esteemed history, so it should as come as no surprise to learn the word “chandelier” has similarly deep and stately roots. The origin of the word is the Latin verb candere, meaning “to be bright or glisten.” Candere led to the Latin noun candela, or “candle,” which in turn gave us candelabrum, meaning “candlestick.”

The French were the first to utilize these Latin words. They adapted them to their own purposes to create chandelle for “candle” and chandelabre for “candlestick.” As early chandeliers were typically wooden structures hung from the ceiling to hold candles, chandelabre eventually evolved into “chandelier,” appearing in French in the 12th century, but the word still had a ways to go before it began appearing in English. First, the Spanish language adopted “chandelier” for its own purposes and it was about two centuries later, in the 1300s, when “chandelier” made its way to English.

Today, chandeliers are as popular as ever, especially thanks to the elegant look and light scattering properties that came along with the advent of crystal chandeliers. And just like the word itself, chandeliers have managed to spread to just about every culture in the world.

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More Famous Chandeliers

Continuing our list of famous crystal chandeliers from around the world, this week we’ll look at a couple more of the planet’s most beautiful places, enhanced by the timeless opulence of the chandelier.

King Abdullah Mosque (Amman, Jordan): Though it’s only a couple decades old, the King Abdullah Mosque in Amman is worth seeking out, which shouldn’t be too hard thanks to its distinct blue dome. The massive mosque can hold 7000 people inside with another 3000 in the courtyard, but the octagonal prayer room isn’t the only attraction. The mosque also features a museum of Islamic art and photographs as well as a giant, three-ringed chandelier with Quranic inscriptions.

Koninklijk Paleis (Amsterdam, Netherlands): Though it was originally built in 1665 as a city hall, the Koninklijk Palace, found in the Dam Square in the center of Amsterdam, eventually became the royal palace of King Louis Napoleon, brother of Napoleon Bonaparte, in 1806. Since then, the Paleis has continued to be a tourist attraction thanks to its gorgeous architecture and opulent interiors, filled with intricate murals and chandeliers.

Teatro Nacional (Panama City, Panama): Located in Panama City’s Casco Viejo, or “the Old City,” the Teatro Nacional de Panamá was built in 1907 by Italian architect Genaro Ruggieri in the style of his home country with a neoclassical façade. The theatre is even more beautiful inside, however, with two floors of balconies, a ceiling fresco painted by Roberto Lewis and topped off with a sizable crystal chandelier.

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Famous Chandeliers Around the World

The majesty of crystal chandeliers transcends both time and geography: You can find chandeliers in various forms in just about any time in human history and all over the globe. With that in mind, here’s a few of the world’s most beloved chandeliers from around the world.

Bibliothèque (Reims, France): Located northeast of Paris, Reims is a popular destination for tourists known for its astonishing Gothic cathedral, but Reims also features plenty of architecture from the Art Deco era. The bibliothèque is a particularly gorgeous example, filed with mosaics, stained glass, frescoes and a beautiful chandelier.

Casa Poporului (Bucharest, Romania): Built in 1984, the Bucharest Palace of Parliament remains an enduring symbol of the Romanian government’s corruption and excesses, but the world’s second largest building (right behind the Pentagon) is also an astounding piece of architecture. It took five years to build, features some 3,100 rooms, sits above a vast nuclear bunker 65 feet underground and includes a two and a half ton crystal chandelier in the Human Rights Hall.

Main Street Station (Las Vegas, Nevada): Las Vegas is known for over-the-top excess, but the Main Street Station casino and hotel has gone in a different direction, replacing kitschy neons for elegant neo-Victorian ornamentation. In fact, Main Street features many decorations from throughout history, including antique pressed tin ceilings, an art-nouveau chandelier from a Parisian opera house and even a piece of the Berlin Wall.

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