Overall I must say I am far more impressed with the picture of the product than the product itself. The shade is not a true white, but more of an off white color. Also I feel that it looks VERY CHEAPLY made..hardly the elegant contemporary look I had hoped for. The pole is actually 3 peices and you can see the notches, the shade is off white not white, and the "crystal" on the bottom looks more like a kids toy than a decorative peice. I gave it two stars only because it does work.