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Lamps Plus Tip: A crystal chandelier is in a category by itself. When lead crystal became cheaper to manufacture in the 18th century, crystal chandeliers were created. A chandelier hung with crystals did a better job of reflecting candlelight into a room, and quickly became the lighting fixture of choice for the well-to-do. Today, true lead crystal is one of the most expensive choices, but also one of the most beautiful. The well-known Swarovski company makes a brand of crystals called Strass especially for chandeliers.