Once positioned and hung, a chandelier can stay damage-free for decades. There are only a few reasons why a chandelier will get damaged besides the aging process. During earthquakes a crystal chandelier may drop a few pendants or break an arm. During an upstairs flood, you might end up with a rusted and wet chandelier. During a fire a chandelier may get burned or smoke damaged. Maybe a child throws a ball in the house and knocks down a crystal drop.