These lamps are beautiful. The shell finish is good quality. For me, the shell body of the lamp appears lighter in color (more white/pearly/iridescent) than in the Overstock photo. Actually I think the lamps look even better in person than in the photo. I took one star off because on one of the lamps, the body was not attached level to the base--it is tilted just enough that the whole lamp is slightly but noticeably tilted. I did not bother to return because the lamps are beautiful and I think with some effort, I can detach the base and re-adhere it to the body to make it level.