This lamp is a disappointment, frankly. I have two other more expensive lamps with mica shades, and — whatever this stuff is — this shade is not mica. There's a sort of warp and weft pattern visible when the light comes through the shade. That being said, the lamp looks better illuminated than it does turned off. The dim but pleasant light coming from the fixture draws one's attention away from the crude trimming job done on the imitation mica, and from the thin, warped, and machine punched metalwork which trims the shade. The base is claimed to be metal, and it may well be some sort of die-cast material, but the finish is so lacking in any visual interest or nuance that the fixture might as well be made from resin. For my use of the lamp, it will do — just barely — given the lamp's reduced price. I will run it 24/7 in a dimly-lit below-grade room. The lamp sits atop a hand-carved Gothic Revival cabinet from 1900, and is badly outclassed.