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About Crystal

Our knowledge of crystal reaches back to nineteenth century Bohemia, then the world's source of the finest cut crystal. Today, SCHONBEK® chandeliers are trimmed with the finest crystal available, ensuring an heirloom quality chandelier will be in your family for generations to come.

Crystal can be crafted in a number of shapes and colors, and may be machine-cut, hand-cut or molded. But no matter what the style, the quality remains superior.


SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS
SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS is the premium brand for the finest crystal elements manufactured by Swarovski. Available in a myriad of colors, effects, shapes and sizes, these elements provide a fabulous palette of inspiration for designers in the lighting industry and interior design, as well as in the worlds of fashion, jewelry and accessories. SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS have been designers' choice since 1895.

Machine-cut and polished to perfection, the logo is engraved in miniature in each crystal to prevent imitation.

SPECTRA® CRYSTAL
SPECTRA® CRYSTAL stands for machine cut Swarovski crystal with reliable Swarovski quality. SPECTRA® CRYSTAL has been a registered trademark since 1999 and offers the most important cuts in clear crystals.

HERITAGE HANDCUT® crystal
HERITAGE HANDCUT® crystal is cut by hand in two stages, first on an iron and then a sandstone wheel. Each crystal is then polished on a wood wheel with marble dust. HERITAGE HANDCUT® crystal is the most authentic, handcrafted crystal in the world.

Optic Handcut
Hand-cut and remarkably refractive, optic crystal was formerly used exclusively in optical and scientific instrumentation, until SCHONBEK's engineers began to incorporate it into their chandelier designs. Optic Handcut crystal is also available in selected Jewel Tones colors.

Gemcut®
This machine-cut crystal is characterized by visual purity, sharp faceting and precise polishing that offers clarity at industry standards.

Vintage Crystal®
Recalling the fashions of a bygone era, these fanciful beads, dainty droplets and antique-style faceted ovals are woven into chains creating a jewel-like brilliance. Vintage Crystal® is also available in a selection of Jewel Tones colors.

Legacy Crystal®
Legacy Crystal® comes from the traditional glass-making region around Venice. Modestly priced compared to cut crystal, this Venetian crystal is molded and fire-polished to produce a subtle luminosity.

Rock Crystal
When Adolf Schonbek began crafting chandeliers in 1870, social life was illuminated by candlelight. This weak flickering light was refracted and magnified by quartz pendants adorning the chandeliers. The same crystal that illuminated the grand palaces of Europe centuries ago is still available to those who value lighting as an art form and a SCHONBEK chandelier as a work of art.

Rock crystal is mined, not manufactured and therefore it cannot be mass-produced. Skilled gem cutters grind, cut and polish each rock crystal by hand to enhance its splendor and luminosity. No synthetic process will ever replicate the natural prismatic beauty of rock crystal.

Lighting Care

Every SCHONBEK luminaire is of heirloom quality and will last for generations. To ensure it retains its brilliance and splendor for years to come, proper care and regular cleaning are necessary. Read More