Most Amazing Chandeliers In the World

Where Do Chandeliers Come From?

The earliest recorded chandelier was from the medieval times. They were generally made out of wood and used candles for illumination. Wooden stakes would usually be assembled in a cross with spikes to secure down the candles. The whole thing would then be hung up on rope. The fifteenth century is when chandeliers got more complicated. They began to design "ring" chandeliers, or chandeliers with a crown design for the elite. It was a symbol of status then, as it is somewhat now. (They are extremely expensive!)

Not until the eighteenth century did we start seeing cheaper chandeliers. Thanks to developments in glass, we were introduced to the crystal chandelier, that is ever so popular today. This list explores the ultimate modern takes on chandeliers, featuring the craziest, most unique chandeliers in the World!

Recycled Chandeliers

Recycled Chandeliers

Aren't these chandeliers just amazing? They're completely made out of recycled materials! The first is made by artist Stuart Haygarth. It is made out of recycled plastic bottles and called "Teardrop." The one right above was created by a Yale student, Tyler Velton and is made out of old plastic bags! It's amazing to see the intersection of high art, interior design and recycled materials.

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Kitsch? Or Outrageous?

These massive pieces are created by an artist named Hans Van Bentem. You can call him imaginative or crazy but if you want one of these pieces, you better be "rolling"; in dough that is! His pieces run for an average of $25,000, and even Madonna has one! (In the shape of a revolver!)

And don't even get me started on the phallic shape of the second piece above. It apparently was NOT created to depict anything phallic!

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Eva Menz

Eva Menz is a German installation designer. She is well known for creating dramatic chandeliers and installation light pieces. Her fab clientele include Marriott hotels, Starwood hotels, Selfridges and DKNY. Their work DOES NOT come cheap, so get ready to pay!

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Timothy Horn

These unique pieces were designed by Australian artist, Timothy Horn. He meant them to resemble jellyfish and designed them around 19th century engravings of jellyfish by a German Zoologist named Ernst Haeckel. He used cast silicone rubber and fiber optic cables to make these giant pieces.

I can't say that I'd put one of these in my own home, but they sure are unique.

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Royal, Er Presidential Chandeliers!

This magnificent chandelier resides in the White House! I almost wrote "with the Obamas", but realized that would eventually change over time! This monstrosity of a chandelier however, is here to stay!

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Artsy!

This is another one by Stuart Haygarth. To construct this glowing ball, he used discarded prescription glasses! 620 prescription glasses to be exact! Doesn't it look like a disco ball? And with objects that were meant to be thrown away no less is now being used to create something so beautiful. I love it!

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Energy Efficient Chandeliers!

These chandeliers are energy-efficient as they use only LED lights. LED lights burn cool, but are bright, they are long-lasting and they are very durable. They save you money, and the environment, so what's not to love?

The top one is a Bruno Fosi chandelier featuring individual ceramic pieces. The ends are magnetic so you can change the design and shape as much as you want! Can you imagine an ever-changing chandelier? Price? $4500.

The one below is also an LED chandelier made by Studio 1. The chandelier has 91 arms! Price? $2350

World's Largest Chandelier

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World's Largest Chandelier

This is the world's largest chandelier! (Approved by the Guinness Book of World Records, mind you!) It resides in the Grand Mosque of Sultan Qaboos located in Muscat, Oman. The chandelier is made from Swarovski crystal and gold-plated metals. It weighs in at a whopping 8.5 tons and hangs down for 14 meters!! It's not a chandelier, it's a monstrosity!

Hope you enjoyed the World's Most Amazing Chandeliers!

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Ingenira 5 years ago

Wow, you have a good collection of cool, spooky, cute, exquisite and beautiful chandelier !


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Oh these are just great! I love the creativity. Now I want to create my own.

When I was teaching in Seoul, my super colleagues took me on a first class trip to Jeju Island where we stayed in the spectacular Shilla hotel. They had one of the long hanging chandeliers in the lobby coming down through the staircase (I have a photo somewhere) and I tell you, you can just sit and stare at it.

Thanks for the great photos - I'll save the hub so I can share.

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yenajeon 5 years ago from California Author

@Ingenira: Thank you, some of them were indeed fairly strange or "spooky"!

@BkCreative: Wow, I can't imagine myself being so crafty! Wouldn't it be cool if you became a lighting gallery owner? Lol! I LOVE the Shilla in Jeju, it's a gorgeous hotel! Thanks for the support again!


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almasi 5 years ago

Wow, thanks for a beautiful hub.


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yenajeon 5 years ago from California Author

@almasi: Glad you loved it! =)


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Eclectic Travel 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

Those are some awesome chandeliers.


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yenajeon 5 years ago from California Author

Eclectic Travel: Thanks!


ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

Those are the most awesome chandeliers I have ever seene!


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yenajeon 5 years ago from California Author

ExoticHippieQueen: I've been so into interior lighting lately. Thanks!


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Tolovaj 23 months ago

I had no idea even chandeliers can come with parental guidance! So many spectacular photos, I am really sad I don't live in a castle, where I could hang at least few of them. More lights, please;)

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