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Buyers Beware: The Risks of Purchasing Imitation Chandeliers – Part 2

Part 2: Glass Type, Color Density and Luminosity Differences

After having discovered proprietary images of one of our talented artisan’s works being used to misrepresent a Chinese manufacturer’s cheaper, imitation chandeliers, we decided to dig deeper into the risks of purchasing from a questionable e-retailer. In Part 1 of this series, we covered Size, Shape, and Production Differences in the American-made versus Chinese-manufactured products. Now in Part 2, we’ll highlight the differences in our original, artisan-made versus imitation glass chandeliers with regard to their Glass Type, Color Density, and Luminosity.

Glass Type

Spruce Pine or Spectrum glass, which is manufactured in the US and is the chemical make-up of soft glass used in US glass blowing studios, is expensive. It is the best recipe for quality glass, and repeatedly produces pieces of beauty and longevity, as it has for hundreds of years. Chinese manufacturers do not use the same chemical make-up to create glass. If you do not use the proper calculation and quality of ingredients in your glass batch, the glass will combust over time –especially if a proper annealing method is also forgone.

We cannot guarantee how the Chinese are formulating their raw glass, or the quality of their annealing process. Therefore, purchasing Chinese imitation chandeliers presents an immense risk. Placing something as volatile as shard glass hanging in a location above your head could cause irrefutable harm or death to whoever is below the chandelier when it shatters.

Color Density and Luminosity

Comparing our artisan-made, original chandelier pieces and the Chinese imitations, you’ll notice that the color luminosity and density is significantly different between the two. The originals are bright and rich with color, whereas the copies have thinner color composition and appear washed out when lit.

Compare the glass pieces in the image below, and you’ll notice the original pieces have optics (texture and ribbing) on the outside of the pieces that provide unique and beautiful luminosity. Light bounces off the multi-dimensional curves and texture on the outer surface of the glass, which creates the desired, sparkling effect. If you look closely at the Chinese imitation chandeliers’ pieces, you’ll see their texture and ribbing is on the inside surface of the glass, which is much less effective in terms of luminosity.

Up close look at difference between optics in artisan versus imitation chandeliers Up close difference between optics of legitimate and imitation chandeliers

Up close of original glass chandelier texture and detail Up close detail of imitation chandelier

We hope you’ve learned some of the risks of buying imitation glass lighting so far, and will stay tuned for the final installation of this article: Part Three: Comparing Customer Service.

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