A Beginner’s Guide to Antique Chandeliers

February 23, 2020 - Antiques, Art and Collectibles

Do you associate antique chandeliers with royalty and aristocracy?

Once upon a time, this might have been the case. But nowadays, anyone can get involved in the antique chandelier business.

Whether you’re buying and selling antique chandeliers to turn a quick profit, or because you want to inject some class into your home’s design. They might be antiques, but they never get old.

You can’t get started unless you know a thing or two about vintage chandeliers. Go ahead and check out our beginner’s guide to antique chandeliers.

1. Buy What You Love

If you’re searching for the perfect chandelier for your home, it’s important to focus on what you love.

It’s easy to get carried away with the latest trends and fashions. But you have to go with what you love. While one year, decorative Victorian chandeliers are the top-selling light fitting, the next year it’s antique crystal chandeliers.

2. Sourcing Antique Chandeliers

There’s a skill involved in sourcing the best antique chandeliers on the market. You have to create networks and contacts to make sure you build up your collection.

You can source your chandeliers from a wide range of places from auctions to antique fairs. By collecting chandeliers from many different origins, you’ll build up an impressive and varied collection.

3. What Period to Look Out for?

Mostly the period to look out for depends on taste. It’s always changing.

But there’s a shared understanding among buyers and sellers of antique chandeliers that the Georgian England style is the greatest. Many people are searching for Georgian chandeliers with the elegant and simple style.

4. What Style for What Room?

It’s always important to keep in mind the setting in which your chandeliers will reside.

There is a long history of chandeliers being used in grand and classical designed rooms. But interior designers are increasingly realizing the benefits of a chandelier in a minimalist modern setting.

For some people, kitchens aren’t the place for chandeliers. While for others, dining rooms are always going to be the best place to show off your antique chandeliers.

5. What Makes a Chandelier Stand Out?

With antique crystal chandeliers, the most important sign of quality is the sharpness of the glass cut.

It’s also good to look for the quality of the metal work. If it has the appearance of a thin and cheap metal, this won’t be a top quality chandelier.

But it’s always useful to look out for the best designers in the business. Top names include Perry & Co, John Blades, and F & C Osler.

6. What’s the Price Range?

You can capture beautiful antique chandeliers for as little as $100. However, you can’t expect to find anything special for such a low budget.

However, when it comes to the maximum you can pay. The sky’s the limit. You can find people paying over $100,000 any day of the week.

A pair of Italian gilt metal and rock crystal chandeliers were recently sold for $677,203. Fancy making that kind of cash?

Use Pawn Guru to Buy and Sell Your Antiques

Now you know some of the top tips for buying and selling antique chandeliers, it’s time to go into business.

David Stiebel
David Stiebel

David Stiebel is one of the cofounders of PawnGuru. David was educated at MIT, where he studied Math. He subsequently worked at Bain as a data scientist before starting PawnGuru in 2015. He started PawnGuru to build a better tool for pawn shops and consumers to connect.

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