I can't even express how much I love this lamp...it is so beautiful! I was fascinated by it the minute that I saw it on Overstock, & once it arrived...I had to order a second one! I now have both lamps in my living room, & I adore them. They are simply gorgeous and unique...especially for the price! As others may have mentioned, the shades are made from cut/colored plastic...not glass. But it's hardly noticeable, and most people would never realize that they aren't genuine. They are very heavy, and very well made, with rich & beautiful colors. I loved these lamps so much that I bought another pair in blue, for a second room. Those lamps were very slightly irregular...as one of them was a little shorter than the other...but I don't think many people would notice, & I didn't have a problem like that with these lamps. Another thing that I love is the fact that the switch is at the bottom...it's a little button attached to the cord, and you can simply tap it on or off with your foot, when entering or exiting the room! Great feature! Assembly was easy, as most floor lamps are easy to assemble. These are very heavy though! The only other thing that I feel is important to know is that: These are really more of accent lights, than primary lights... I wouldn't recommend these lamps as a primary source of light for any room, unless you want a very dim den-like room...and even then, they are very muted. The color shines through beautifully...but they don't project the light throughout the room...they simply light up the small area that they are in...like a corner. And I have tried them with all different variations of light bulbs. I have the 2 red ones in my living room, and they're nice to have when watching TV...but for anything else, I need a lot more light! Still, I would purchase these lamps over and over and over again, because they are just so gorgeous and unique, and affordable!