- Arm ~ The light bearing part of a chandelier sometimes known as a branch.
- Bag (there it is again) ~ A bag of crystal drops formed by strings hanging from a circular frame and looped back into the centre underneath, associated with Regency or Empire style crystal chandeliers.
- Bead ~ A glass drop with a hole drilled right through.
- Bobeche ~ A dish fitted just below the "candle" nozzle designed to catch drips of wax. Also known as a drip pan.
- Candelabra ~ Not to be confused with chandeliers, candelabras are candlesticks, usually branched and designed to stand on tables, or if large, the floor.
- Canopy ~ An inverted shallow dish at the top of a chandelier from which festoons of beads are often suspended, lending a flourish to the top of the fitting.
- Cage ~ An arrangement where the central stem supporting arms and decorations is replaced by a metal structure leaving the centre clear for candles or other embellishments.
- Corona ~ Another term for a crown-style chandelier.
- Crown ~ A circular chandelier reminiscent of a crown, usually of gilded metal or brass and often with upstanding decorative parts.
- Crystal ~ Glass with a lead content that gives it a special qualities of clarity. Also known as lead crystal.
- Drip Pan ~ The dish fitted just under the "candle" nozzle. Also known as a bobeche.
- Drop ~ A small piece of glass usually cut into one of many shapes and drilled at one end so that it can be hung from the chandelier with a brass pin. A chain drop is drilled at both ends so that a group can be hung together to form a string or festoon.
- Dutch ~ Also known as Flemish. A style of brass chandelier with a bulbous baluster and arms curling down around a low hung ball.
- Festoon ~ An arrangement of glass drops or beads draped and hung across or down a chandelier or sometimes a piece of solid glass shaped into a swag. Also known as a garland.
- Finial ~ The final flourish at the very bottom of the stem. Some Venetian glass chandeliers have little finials hanging from glass rings on the arms.
- Hoop ~ A circular metal support for arms, usually on a regency style or other chandelier with glass pieces. Also known as a ring, collar or gallery.
- Neoclassical Style Chandelier ~ Glass chandelier featuring many delicate arms, spires and strings of beads.
- Prism ~ A straight, many sided drop.
- Regency Style Chandelier ~ A larger chandelier with a multitude of drops. Above a hoop rise strings of beads that diminish in size and attach at the top to form a canopy. A bag with concentric rings of pointed glass, forms a waterfall beneath. The stem is usually completely hidden.
- Spire ~ A tall spike of glass, round in section or flat sided. To which arms and decorative elements may be attached, made from wood, metal or glass.
- Tent ~ A tent shaped structure on the upper part of a chandelier where strings of drops attach to a canopy and at the bottom to a larger ring.
- Venetian ~ A chandelier typically from the island of Murano, Venice but also used to describe a chandelier in Venetian style.
- Waterfall ~ Concentric rings of icicle drops suspended beneath the hoop or plate.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Chandeliers Master Class
For those of you who'd like to know more about chandelier terminology (after all, you can only get so far talking about a bag), here's a brief glossary: