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Capiz Shell Chandelier

Updated on February 16, 2014

Capiz Shell Candelier

Bring a touch of the tropics to your home with an elegant capiz shell chandelier. All the styles you want are here - round, extra large, pendant, and more.

Capiz is a natural shell material from the Philippines that is gathered by hand. It's been used for many years as a substitute for glass in windows, lampshades, and even jewelry. Capiz shell chandeliers are popular with interior designers for their beauty and soft, diffused light. If you plan to install your shell chandelier near a window or air vent, you'll have the pleasing sound of delicate wind chimes as the shells move with the air currents. For natural elegance, beauty, and light, you can't go wrong with a capiz shell chandelier.

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Round Capiz Shell Chandelier

When most people think of shell lights, they picture a round capiz chandelier. The iconic shape is perfect for the naturally round shells and highlights the surface sheen by allowing the capiz shells to move freely.

You can hang these chandeliers in nearly every location in your home. The globe-shaped lights can be tucked into a corner, or used for drama in the center of the room. The longer round capiz chandeliers are usually placed in a corner, but consider the effect of one of these beautiful shell waterfalls in a tall foyer or over a staircase. It's easy to see why capiz shell chandeliers are popular in modern home decor.

Handcrafted Midnight Round Capiz Chandelier

Crystorama Palla Round Capiz Chandelier

Laura Ashley Daliya Round Shell Chandelier

Large Capiz Shell Chandelier

If you're considering a large shell chandelier, you either have a location in mind or you appreciate the dramatic effect of a singular accent piece in your home décor. This elegant light will not go unnoticed, whether hung over your dining table, kitchen island, or even under a pool cabana. The soft ambiance provided by a capiz chandelier adds atmosphere and shimmering beauty to any space. Place your large shell chandelier where you can enjoy its beauty and drama every day.

Handcrafted White Large Shell Chandelier

Southampton Large Capiz Chandelier

Laura Ashley Chandelier, Eau De Nil

White Capiz Shell Pendant Chandelier

This lovely capiz shell chandelier is a bestseller, due as much to its versatility as to its timeless beauty. Constructed of stainless steel with a chrome finish, this light is covered in white capiz shells with an approximate overall diameter of 18 inches (45 cm). The single bulb illuminates the shells from the inside, providing a glowing sphere that glimmers as it moves with the air currents.

Consider using a pair of these elegant shell chandeliers on either side of your bed, framing the fireplace, or above your dining table. Use your imagination, too. Liven up your bathroom, give your breakfast nook a touch of class, or surprise your teen with her own shell chandelier. Trendy yet iconic, this classic capiz chandelier will add something special to your home.

Reviewers commented on product beauty, design, and suitability. Note this light requires self-assembly of the shells to the hangers.

The video below will help you hang your new capiz shell chandelier properly.

Capiz Shell Pendant Chandelier

While the free-flowing designs are more common, pendant shell chandeliers are just as beautiful and can be used in place of other, less impressive fixtures. The shell material itself is very versatile - you'll see lamp shades made of shell piecework (like stained glass) or crushed shells reformed into new shapes. The higher-end capiz chandeliers use shell and crystals with silver finishes for a very contemporary look. But because all these pendant lights are made with natural materials, your capiz shell chandelier will become a treasured heirloom for many years to come.

Crystorama Capiz Pendant Chandelier

Square Layered Pendant Chandelier

Capiz Shell 6" Wide Mini Pendant Chandelier

Dolce Rectangular Capiz Shell Chandelier

The Dolce Collection by Corbett Lighting takes the tropical capiz chandelier to new heights of elegance and beauty. Hand-crafted with a champagne finish over an iron frame, the design details of this light fixture create a true work of art. Soft, white capiz shells are mixed with crystal accents to add dazzle and sheen that captures the eye. This functional kitchen island chandelier features twelve inner lamps to provide excellent task lighting while enhancing the natural beauty of the capiz shells. If you have a place to showcase this exceptional rectangular chandelier, you'll appreciate the artistry and elegance it can provide.

Capiz Shell Chandelier Windchime

Here are some novelty options in capiz shell chandeliers. The first is a windchime that can be made into a chandelier with the addition of a light bulb fixture (not included). The attraction here is the variety of color choices that aren't available in other styles (see listing for more colors). The other two are solar-powered capiz chandeliers. Perfect for hanging around the pool, on a porch or deck, the solar feature makes these shell lights energy efficient and fun. They will run on artificial light as well - simply place them where they'll receive lots of direct light.

Handcrafted Lime Capiz Shell Chandelier

Asli Arts Solar Capiz Chandelier Windchime

Asli Arts Solar Shell Chandelier Windchime

Possini Euro White Flower Pendant Chandelier

There really aren't any faux capiz shell chandeliers. But this intriguing euro design pendant light is a close substitute with its own eclectic appeal. Crafted of shaped plastic petals, the lotus-inspired orb diffuses light with an architectural flair. Suitable for home or office, this simple pendent light would complement any décor you have in place.

Some reviewers recommended using a dimmer switch for more ambiance options. Others suggested using a color-changing bulb for a retro disco vibe. Which proves this is a versatile substitute for a faux capiz shell chandelier.

Reviewers praised this product for its style, quality, and versatility. Easy to install. "Modern and sophisticated."

The video below shares a bit of Philippine culture involving capiz shell artwork. Hope you enjoy!

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      3 years ago

      Great project! I do sew but love "no-sew" precojts... Couldn't you skip the sewing part and iron the string between two circles? -Wouldn't the wax hold on to the string when melted? Please advise.... Can't wait to start this project. Thanks!!!

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      3 years ago

      Great hammer of Thor, that is poullfwrey helpful!

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      5 years ago

      As far as I'm concerned, capiz shell chandeliers never go out of style. Their natural beauty can enhance just about any room, all the better if you can let the breeze in. I'm jealous - wish I had written this lovely lens!

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      5 years ago

      They are so delicate looking and quite lovely. Thanks for sharing. Take Care :)

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      Rose Jones 

      5 years ago

      These capiz shell chandeliers are so pretty!

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      6 years ago

      Very pretty capiz shell chandeliers

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for this info. My parents have a huge chandelier, antique one, in their home. It will be sad when they sell the house to see it gone. They are lovely. Thank you

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      6 years ago

      So that's what this style of chandelier is called! I had never heard of capiz shells but I've seen these in some of the restaurants and cafes we visit. There's one not too far from me that has these over the dining tables and I always think they're so pretty but I would never have known it was an actual shell that was used. They're so beautiful!

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      Michey LM 

      6 years ago

      Great idea for a lens. O think they will be just find in the living room.

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      6 years ago

      We need a new ceiling light fixture BADLY which currently hangs directly above our dining table. Time to get serious about looking for a new fixture -- and this lens with all the info and options about chandeliers is a great place to start. Thanks!


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