The Beautiful Candelabras Can Spruce Up Your House
Candelabras are candlesticks with two or more branching arms. Traditionally, candelabras were used as a source of light, and they continue to be used ornamentally in regions with electricity, especially during the winter holidays, when a glow of light from a candelabrum can be a reminder of brighter times ahead. Candelabras are available in a variety of materials such as crystal, bronze, wrought iron, brass and gold and silver-tone metals. Some candelabras are quite large, intended for use as free standing pillars of candles on the floor; you can see examples of this style in some churches. Others are smaller, more ideally suited to use on the dinner table or mantel. In antiquity, candelabra were made from metals like bronze, brass, and silver. In some cultures, clay candle holders with multiple arms were made, and when glass blowing was perfected, ornamental glass candelabra also became available. However, metal continues to be the most common production material for candelabra, presumably because it is extremely sturdy and easy to shape.
The arms of candelabras may be at the same height, or different heights, and they can be ornamented with leaves, twists, grooves, and other features, or entirely plain. Often, a candelabra has numerous decorative accents like scrolls, foliage, and spirals in the metal which make it ornamental as well as functional. The candles are held in cups which are affixed to the arms and central column.