I kept this lamp, but the shade is kind of funky. We can't tell if it is glass or plastic. It looks ok unlit, but when lit it has a cloudy appearance. It was a nightmare to put together, as the directions were poor and had a zillion parts. Basically, I think the whole thing is composite of some sort. If it is going where you won't see it up close, like a stairway or high foyer, it is ok.