The Latin word candelābrum arrived in Castilian as chandelier. The term refers to a candlestick that has, at least, two arms or branches.

ChandelierTo know what a candlestick is, therefore, you first have to focus on the idea of ​​a candlestick. This is the name of an object that allows hold up one candle or candle.

The candles and candles are elements made with paraffin or wax that, on their axis, present a candlewick or wick. When lighting this wick, they serve to illuminate.

Once the wick is lit, it is necessary that the candle be kept straight to avoid accidents. For this, candlesticks are used, which have a foot attached to a hollow cylinder where the candle is placed.

Candlesticks, in this setting, are useful when you want to light several candles simultaneously. As they have two or more arms, in each one a candle can be placed, thus obtaining more light.

From the arrival of the electric power, the chandeliers lost everyday importance. However, they are still used when a cut in electricity supply or when you want to generate a special setting (for example, for a romantic dinner).

In ancient times, on the other hand, candlesticks were essential utensils. In many cases they were true works of art, since some pieces were made with gold and ornamented with precious stones. Of course, these chandeliers were not present in every home, but in palaces.

It should be noted that chandeliers are also used for burning aromatic substances. In these cases, they used to be smaller than those intended for illumination.