I think, after extensively looking around the internet for wrought iron crystal chandeliers, that if you are looking for a big bang for only a few bucks this is a great purchase. It is not, however, a high quality piece of lighting. When I opened the box, the leaves and bobeches were bent and more than half of the crystals had easily visible defects. They also have very little light refraction or sparkle (rainbow effect). What I can say is that once the crystals are hung, in whatever design you choose they make a very impressive piece (there is an endless opportunity for fun creativity here, because they give you extra crystals and lots of places on the chandelier on which to attach them). I wish there was a place to upload a picture of the finished product, because it came out nicer than the version online. It's the extra crystals...use them! And I would also suggest using 15 watt bulbs. When I used the 25watts on the 12 lights...it was waaaay too much. All you could see was light bulbs. With the 15watts, the focus is back on the graceful lines of the chandelier and the modest light refraction of the crystals. Obviously the assembly was a bit of a hassle... you first attach all the arms to the center post, then you must wire all the arms to each other BEFORE you wire it to the ceiling. I went into a home improvement store, with the thing half assembled and begged for a lesson on wiring. I got lucky and the guy said, "Just go shop around and I'll wire it all together for you." Such a nice guy. After all is said and done, it was more work than expected, but I knew (from reading reviews) what I was getting myself into, and I think the end result was definitely worth the money.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? I was warned that it would be darker than pictured and it was. I used a hammered bronze spray on it before I assembled it and it was much better.
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. I wouldn't say that the quality was the highest. Many of the flourishes/leaves and such were bent and had to be reshaped. It was a good thing I was repainting it, because as soon as I bent the metal leaves back into place, their paint flaked off. And it would be more accurate to call the crystals just glass (there is almost no prismatic effect). More than half of the crystals had flaws or scratches as well. But considering the decent size of it and the full effect of so many crystals it was none-the-less a good buy.
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? semi-accurate