Imagine a lodge with distressed wooden flooring, a willow wood table and chairs, and a fabulous classical fireplace. What’s missing in this lodge is a lighting fixture to illuminate it; nothing will complement and enhance the rustic environment of this lodge but an antler chandelier. These pieces, directly derived from nature, will complete the country-style character of your room or lodge. When getting one of these chandeliers from the wild, you need to decide whether to get an authentic piece or a real one. Here are some tips to help your differentiate.
How are they Made?
The fundamental difference between horns and antlers is that horns are permanent while antlers are naturally shed every year. Animals like deer, elk, moose, caribou, and reindeer shed their antlers during or after winter. These are then collected by hikers who sell them to companies that clean and polish them. They are then sold worldwide. The antlers taken from different species have dissimilar shapes and sizes. Also, the color, texture, and shape of antlers can different significantly based on the environmental conditions of the animals even if they are of the same species. The similar looking ones are then joined together to form a real antler chandelier.
A faux antler is made using resin and plastic. If made well, it pays attention to the most intricate details. The high-quality one is hand stained and painted to make them look real. Many reproductions achieve success in replicating the originals, and it is very difficult for even the experts to discern them as fakes.
Style, Symmetry and Weight:
Both the real and faux antler chandeliers generally follow the same style. The antlers are attached to each other so that they are arranged in a circle with the branching section of the antler pointing outwards. Candlestick lamps are joined with the outward facing part of the antler. The antler chandelier styles also feature a tier structure for more elaborate pieces.
No two real antlers are alike. They are like finger-prints unique to the animal they come from. They can differ in color, shape and size. Therefore, it is almost impossible to make symmetrical, genuine chandeliers. The asymmetry can be a good thing as well, as it gives it a more natural look and ensures the authenticity of the piece. On the other hand, the reproductions can be easily constructed into symmetrical structures.
The real antler chandelier weighs a lot since the antlers are not hollow. This makes them hard to carry, install and maintain. However, the faux antlers are much lighter because they are hollow. This makes it much easier to handle them.
The Major Difference is pricing:
Because real antlers are not easily available, they cost a lot. Also, it is quite an intensive task to make a symmetric and pleasing chandelier out of antlers which are generally dissimilar in appearance. Therefore, a genuine antler chandelier costs thousands of dollars. In contrast, the faux chandeliers are comparatively easy to construct due to their simple style, so they can be bought for between $200 and $300. The low price of well-made reproductions makes these chandeliers affordable for everyone.