The chandelier was very well packaged and pretty easy to assemble -- it just takes a long time to string all 48 strands of crystals to the frame. The non-crystal ring/top and bottom frame is definitely dark with very visible amounts of brassy gold in it, which was fine for us but just know that if you buy this fixture. We will have professional electricians install it in our powder room in our new home and it'll look great. But it didn't seem too complicated as there was a mounting bracket, a ground wire and clearly labeled N and L wires. I paid up for six 40W replacement LED bulbs that allegedly last 20+ years and I hope they work once it's installed (the recommendation is for incandescent 40W or 60W bulbs). But given all the crystals that I'd have to undo to access the bulbs, I don't want to mess with changing them. So far it seems like a good purchase that'll add a lot of character to our powder room, but it's not installed yet.
I have this chandelier hanging in our front living room/sitting room. It looks amazing! I noticed another review saying it looks cheap and I don't think that at all. It really adds a nice elegant touch to our living room. Very happy with this purchase.
Based on all the great reviews for this item, I had high hopes. I am truly bummed that I found so many small issues with it. In order for me to be happy with any purchase I make, I like to be able to say I'd give it four or five stars, if that makes sense. I figure if I would score it a 4 or a 5, that means I'm happy enough to keep it. This one is a 2.5 or 3 for me, so I'm debating sending it back as I don't know how much of a hassle the return process will be. I will update my review once we decide in the next few days. To help other buyers, here is a list of my personal evaluation of this item's pros and cons. Pros: --It does have a very elegant look (from far away, at least) once assembled. --It was a pretty good value for the money. --The crystals were fairly decent quality, and the strands themselves came put together already, just not assembled onto the fixture itself yet. Cons: 1. The color is nowhere near antique copper. It is aluminum-esque metal (some edges were bent and had to be straightened out), painted brassy gold and then brushed over with black. I could have understood almost any shade of brownish-orangish, or even greenish (you know, antiqued to the point of being oxidized), but yellow + black never equals copper in my experience. 2. Assembly is tedious, and the little circular rings they supply look cheap AND create a small amount of "space"/a gap between the base and the crystal chains (not that anyone is getting that close, but since I assembled it and knew about it, my eye looked for it every time I glanced at the chandelier). 3. The finish of the fixture and the shiny chrome-like finish of the "links" that hold the crystals together look cheap overall. I think I got what I paid for, and if I want a "classier" finished item of higher quality, I now know I'll need to choose a different brand that may cost more in the hopes that it also uses better quality materials.
We hung 2 of these above our dining table and they look stunning! It took us 45minutes per chandelier to set up.. I suggest hooking the rings first then the clasps. We balanced the chandelier on a full paper towel roll while attaching all of the crystals. They look way more expensive than their price :)