I am so happy with this purchase! I was a little nervous ordering this before seeing it in person, but was pleasantly surprised when i opened it. The item was packaged very securely and arrived in perfect condition. The steel is sturdy but has a little 'give' due to the depth of the various strands of hair. The colors are vibrant, her hair has blonde streaks, which just adds to the beauty of this true piece of art. I have it hanging on a pale yellow wall so her blue fin really contrasts nicely. I actually loved this so much that i ordered the Shy Mermaid too, so now I have a pair of them! If i could upload a picture i would share.