Who doesn’t love a bit of sparkle, some glamour, some bona fide bling in their home? Just a little something shiny thats adds a bit of magic to an otherwise drab day. As, sadly, not many of us are in a position to have their belongings and interiors diamond incrusted, we make do with Crystal, Lead Crystal that is.
Now, without getting too engrossed with the science bit, Lead Crystal is basically glass that has been treated with lead oxides then cut up to make facets. This process gives the glass a higher index of refraction, meaning it creates that sparkling effect everybody loves. It is then formed into glasses, bowls, vases, lamps, chandeliers, sculptures, elaborate cupboard knobs and countless other ornaments that cheer up homes across the world.
The most effective and dramatic use of Lead Crystal is when it is used with together with light. This is because of the facets on the surface. When light passes through each facet it acts as a prism, and prisms bend the light that passes through them, creating the colours of the rainbow, which works especially well if your room contains lots of White Fabric for the colours to be displayed on. Therefore the more facets there are, the more colours will be created and the clearer the crystal is, the better the light is transmitted through it. What affects the clarity of the crystal is the lead content, the greater the amount of lead, the clearer the crystal, that is until it is about forty percent lead and it will start to cloud. It is also more expensive to make, and more likely to have flaws in, but this is why the price of crystal can vary greatly.
When using it in your home, the greatest impression you’ll get from it is when you use it as part of your lighting. Chandeliers are possibly the most well known product for utilising crystal. It’s often thought that chandeliers belong in grand manor houses or prestigious hotel foyers, but the truth is they are made in almost every size and in tens of thousands of different styles suitable for practically all interiors.
They come in iron, brass and copper, and can contain one bulb to 500 hundred bulbs. They are ideal for added status and high class luminosity to a dining room, a dreamlike fairy tale look to a bedroom, or a theatrical welcoming in a hallway. Each style is different, and now emerging is a whole new range of contemporary designs, more edgy and dramatic that will suit any clean cut simple interior and really stand out.
A variety of lamps and wall lights are also made from crystal. From the simple and elegant table lamp base, that has a light and clean feel. To the more innovative wall lights that have moved away from the traditional style and developing new angular forms. New methods of using a mix of Halogen and crystal LEDs in ceiling panels is creating special atmospheres in rooms because of its unusual effects, they sparkle away on the ceiling like stars.
Vases are also effective in an interior, especially if placed in a window with Blinds. This way the natural daylight can be focused directly onto them and the result of the light going through the crystal vases will be evident on the walls of the room, giving a sense of movement, life and colour.