So it has been nearly a week since I put the 150+ glass beads on this light fixture and some of my finger tips are still numb and scabbed - and I'm not kidding. This is a beautiful little pendant and the pain you go thru to put on the glass beads is worth it in my opinion. Yes, you could pay $300 more and get it assembled from that other popular home retailer, but that wasn't in the budget. It took me two hours to hang all the beads. I learned from other posts which suggested hanging the fixture first, which we did. I started at the top ring and worked my way down. I found working across from me on that first level was best because it's tough finding those little holes since they are partially covered by the decorative rim. We hung this above a claw foot tub in our guest bathroom and it really adds the character we are trying to build in the room.