I was pleasantly surprised when my lamp arrived. After reading some of the reviews, I expeced to have to change the beads but they really aren't that bad unless you are actually touching them. When the lamp is lit they look great. My lamp is a lot darker than the one pictured but screen resolution can do that and I actually like it better un-lit. I put it in front of a window and the natural light shinning through is gorgeous. One of the reasons I chose this piece was because it uses 2 60 watt bulbs. I had hoped to be able to read by it. but it's pretty dark and I do need to use my kindle light at night. The base is superheavy. The quality is very good. The finial doesn't fit tightly so the shade wobbles. I bought a small washer at Home Depot for 25 cents and it helped a lot. I would definitely buy another of these lamps for another room.