Humans as a race have always been attracted to shiny things, coveting the most brilliant and rare of Earth’s treasures. Perhaps that is why crystal chandeliers have never gone out of style.

CRY-3Pictured above: ‘Trilliane’ chandelier by Schonbek

Gone are the days when crystal chandeliers were synonymous with large, stately homes. Nowadays, crystal is used in a variety of applications to highlight, accentuate and decorate.

19 Aug 2010 --- Modern family room with glowing fireplace and grand piano in this Chicago IL residence. --- Image by © Michael Robinson/CorbisPictured: ‘Jasmine’ chandelier by Schonbek

Crystal can be fun as well as formal. Natural, yet precise. It absorbs its surroundings, reflecting and refracting back into the world.

Swarovski are world-renowned as creators of crystal jewellery and artefacts and their chandeliers are the perfect example of Peter York’s portrayal of chandeliers as the jewellery of architecture.

19 Aug 2010 --- Modern family room with glowing fireplace and grand piano in this Chicago IL residence. --- Image by © Michael Robinson/CorbisPictured: ‘Apta’ pendant by Swarovski