Schonbek crystal chandelier advice
We're looking for a chandelier for our formal dining room. We have been to a few local dealers, but their in stock selection is limited in styles, crystal types and metal finishes.
We saw one chandelier with Spectra crystals and it was absolutely striking. We liked the hand cut crystal chandelier that was next to it in the showroom, but the difference between the sparkle of the Spectra and hand cut was significant. The Spectra was absolutely stunning and brilliant. Our salesperson told us that the difference in price between the Swarovski Elements and the Spectra was "minimal" at that price point and that the Elements crystals were even more beautiful. Unfortunately, he did not have any chandeliers with elements crystals in stock.
So there's the background leading up to my question. Is there really a significant difference in appearance between the Swarovski Elements crystals and the Spectra crystals? We're willing to pay for quality if it really is apparent. Unfortunately, we don't have any options for seeing the differences in person. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Also, does anyone have any long term experience with the polished silver finish? Does it hold up? Does it tarnish or flake off? We were in Circa Lighting in Charleston this week and they had a beautiful chandelier with crystals. We almost purchased it until we saw how the finish had aged (horribly).
Thanks for any advice you can offer.
And in case anyone's interested, this chandelier will be for a formal dining room in a traditional renovated 60 year old home. We have a Henkel Harris mahogany table (46" x 120"). Long narrow dining room (10' x 24'). 8' ceilings that are significantly limiting our options.
Last bit of info. Our sales person told us that he will order anything we want as sell it to us at 40% off MSRP. That seems like a great deal. Even less than the Internet pricing that I've found. Is that a good deal?