What Parts Does a Chandelier Consist Of?

by | Sep 2022

How many times has it happened to us, upon entering a sacred building, a theatre or a sumptuous hall, to raise our eyes to the ceiling and to stand in admiration and amazement at the glittering chandeliers that often adorn those rooms!

We are captivated by the splendour, shine and magnificence before us, but we often fail to dwell on the many details that make up the splendour of the whole.

Today we will look at what parts a chandelier is composed of, what elements make it up and what the functions of each element are.

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The Upper Part

The top part of a chandelier is of fundamental importance, as it connects the chandelier from the ceiling attachment to the main part of the structure, from which arms and other elements of the lamp can then be led out.

The function of the ceiling rose is that. of a cable-guide box, i.e. a canopy that conceals all electrical connections. In addition to the mere utility of the element, there is also an aesthetic function, thanks to which even an element that at first glance seems more useful than anything else can take on decorative importance.

From the rosette most often starts a chain, or in any case a connecting element, which joins the rosette to the subsequent elements: crown, ball and mace.

These three elements, most often found in glass chandeliers and which you can see in the adjacent photo, are elements with both an aesthetic function (thanks to the many decorations) and useful as a further connection to the rest of the lamp.

Structure and Arms

The base of the chandelier supports the entire structure and is the part from which arms and further elements of a lamp can be started.

Most often made of metal, it is also one of the most important aesthetic elements of a chandelier: the structure itself can be finely carved or decorated, while precious crystals, prisms and other decorations can be hung from the base itself.

As already mentioned among the most important structural elements are the arms, i.e. the base of the lighting body, which are essential for holding lights or candles in place.

The arms may also be finely decorated with carvings or elegant designs, so as to go beyond their simple function as a support for the lighting.

The arms often end with cups, elements to which candles or other lighting sources are attached.

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The decorative part of chandeliers is the one that most generates the admiration and amazement we mentioned at the beginning of this article.

The decorations on a chandelier can be so many, and to create each one requires unparalleled craftsmanship.

Take a look in the photo opposite at the leaves, high and low, that we have made: the small veins, the softness, the impression of looking at something real!

Among the main materials for decorating a chandelier are crystal and glass. Numerous decorative elements can be made with these materials, such as flowers, bunches of grapes and shiny prisms.

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