My love for chandelier crystals is intense and long-standing. I often find myself transfixed with lighted chandeliers as I stumble on them in the lobbies of old boutique hotels in the city, in posh clothing boutiques, and quaint antique shops.

There is something divine about the way a crystal has the power to take each drop of light and cast it in infinite directions. The facets of each crystal seem to radiate from within. Crystals, whimsical, time-worn and wise, have a way of helping us to find our own shine.

I've always believed that crystals shine best when paired with warm brass and copper tones. They have no need to compete with shining metal - the crystals would surely have the upper hand. They stand alone, in all their glory, elegant, refined and asking permission from no one.