The chandelier took a bit of time to put together as it comes in pieces but it fit together nicely. No plastic parts - just metal and glass. The directions were helpful, but really I just needed to look at the pictures. What isn't clear from the online listing is that included with the chandelier is a length of black chain. Having an older home with standard ceilings, I only needed two chain rings to install it, but for those with higher ceilings the chain will come in handy. (Sorry, forgot to measure the chain length before I threw out the remainder.) I installed it myself without any problem in my dining room and operate it on a dimmer switch. It looks elegant - a combination of modern styling with a more traditional finish for my 1940's Dutch Colonial home.