Absolutely beautiful stained glass shade. I plan to install an in-line dimmer to better use the lovely light for mood lighting. The base is resin made to look like brass, but still looks like a resin base - not really ugly - just not brass. The hollow metal three-section stem with a spiral motif is also meant to imitate real brass. It's not bad looking. Fortunately one buys stained glass lamps to enjoy looking at the illuminated colored glass shades, so the less than authenic appearance of the rest of the lamp is a very minor issue. It came packed to withstand a fall from a two-storey building! The lamp was very easy to assemble - no tools required (took me about 7 minutes) - and is very solid and sturdy. The shade gets 5 stars, the rest of the lamp, 4... I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves the beauty of real stained glass without the high price tag.