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history of the chandelier

Throughout the centuries, the chandelier has gained a reputation as probably the most popular decorative object. Since its beginnings, it was a symbol of triumph and social standing. The name itself was a synonym for luxury, power, and class.

The word ‘chandelier’ originates from the French word ‘chandelle’ meaning candle. The earliest chandeliers were of simple design: two wooden beams forming a cross, with spikes at the end to retain candles made of animal fat.

It was the expense of good quality candles made chandeliers exclusive luxury items from their conception. They were first used in Europe at the end of the 9th century by the Church and soon afterwards in castles and royal palaces.