The saying “To each their own” comes to mind with the story of a woman who proposed to a 90-year-old chandelier. Yes, a woman and a chandelier are engaged, with a commitment ceremony happening sometime in the future.
While it’s a lovely chandelier, for sure, Amanda Liberty’s love for her beautiful light fixture, who she calls “Lumiere,” may be a little intense. How did this relationship come to be?
Amanda bought the antique online, spending over $500 to have it shipped to her in 2016. Her love for the light was evident immediately, as she told The Sun (via the NY Post): “As soon as I saw Lumiere on eBay, I knew immediately that she was the one for me and it was love at first sight.”
Amanda added: “She was based in Germany and although I knew it would be tricky to get her home, I knew I needed to find a way to make her mine. I couldn’t stop thinking about her and how beautiful she was — she has such a beautiful shape and I could feel really amazing energy coming from her.”
With that connection, it’s no surprise that Amanda won the auction and added Lumiere to her collection of 24 chandeliers. She had a bit of a wait until they could finally meet, as Amanda explained: “After buying the chandelier, I patiently waited for her to be imported into the UK and after six days of waiting, she was finally in my arms. She had been disassembled for her own safety, but once I put all her pieces together and she settled into her new home, our relationship just went from strength to strength.”
As for the light fixture’s name, Amanda explained the inspiration: “A friend of mine actually named her Lumiere because of the film ‘Beauty and The Beast,’ after the candlestick who comes alive.”
Given her love for the piece, Amanda took their relationship to the next level, noting how she popped the question: “Last Valentine’s Day I proposed to her, to signify our long lasting love. I hope at some point we will have a commitment ceremony — I haven’t been engaged before so it’s very new and exciting!”
As for her unique relationship, Amanda explained: “I’ve always loved the look of chandeliers and when I saw my first chandelier, Luna, it was love at first sight. You can’t control who you fall in love with and things just went from there.”
Her impressive collection is a labor of love, as Amanda said she restores old and broken pieces “to their former glory” in her spare time, noting, “which I really enjoy as I can tell that they enjoy the attention that they receive.”
Amanda identifies herself as someone sexually attracted to inanimate objects, an Objectum Sexual, explaining that she loved a drum kit when she was 14 and later, fell in love with the Statue of Liberty. Her love of the grand monument even inspired her to change her last name to “Liberty.”
For those confused by Amanda’s love of objects, she noted: “People often can’t understand that this is just a natural orientation for me, that I can find the beauty in objects and can sense their energy. I want others to see how happy the chandeliers make me and how much they’ve enriched my life.”
She added: “I’m not hurting anyone by entering into a relationship with them, I am simply just following my heart.”