I am in love with my chandelier. I replaced the ugliest chandelier in the world (no joke) with this elegant, sophisticated piece - and love it every time I enter my dining room. The shade is very thin wood - it looks like birds eye maple, and the frosted glass at the bottom throws off a warm glow. This a very high quality piece; the light bulb sockets are ceramic (not cheap plastic like you'd usually find). Installation? Forget it. I had to have a handy friend install the chandelier. I have no idea how to wire anything. My only issue is that I wish the chandelier hung about 5 inches shorter.