How to Measure and Match a Crystal Piece for Replacement on Your Chandelier
Are you trying to measure or match your crystal pieces for replacement on your light fixture? We can help!
Ideally you want to get that measurement correct the first time as most folks, including us, charge restocking fees on returns of parts or they don't accept returns at all.
Replacement crystals frequently are sold with an attached octagon or button and a hook. Keep in mind that this top piece is not included in most measurements. In other words, a 2.5" almond is just that... 2.5" of almond shaped crystal with the added bonus of a top piece.
Below is a 2" measured.
We try to include the overall length (in this case 3.5"), but this height includes the pinning which can make the overall height vary a bit.
When trying to match crystals, it is more important to compare the height than the width. An off width will blend with different crystals better in most cases.
It can be quite difficult to verify that top "button" and the pinning on the piece you are wanting to purchase is the same as the piece that you need to match. If you are examining our parts, feel free to send specific questions. In most cases, we are happy to change the pinning or top piece for a small fee.
Quality is very difficult to determine by photo. Generally, if you tell us the chandelier is pre-1980's, we can assume that the crystal are Italian quality, Czech quality, or Swarovski Strass. What does this mean?
Older Strass is unmistakable. It is thick, heavy and blindingly refractive. Newer Strass is a lighter due to the lack of lead oxide, but it is still gorgeous. (It is also thinner and etched with a trademark.)
"Italian Quality" usually means leaded crystal without great clarity. It is heavy, but whitish looking. Frequently the edges are duller and more molded looking as opposed to cut.
Czech Quality means the good, old stuff! It is a heavy, clear crystal, but not brilliantly sparkly like Strass. Sadly, this is being replaced by a newer, lighter crystal. Good for the environment (no lead) but sad for us traditionalists. Czech quality has edges that look more polished instead of molded.
Hope this is helpful.
- King's Chandelier Company