I receive many compliments on the chandelier- it looks much more expensive than it was. Crystals are nice quality and the light really sparkles off of them. I think the Chandelier would look gorgeous even without the shade. My only complaint is that it's a very tight fit for the shade to fit over the light fixture, thus there are a couple of spots where the fixture pieces push the silk on the shade outward, making it look slighty misshapen in spots. I would be able to fix this with a simple adjustment, just haven't taken the time to do so yet.