I would say the beads carry the most weight because they are glass. The shade itself is of some hard plastic resin material with a metal framing. As for beads, there may be 2 maybe 3 strands that are missing but you dont really notice it because the strands lay very tight together.There are no strands that are broke though. The item "Vintage Glass Beaded & Bronze Large Lampshade" is in sale since Wednesday, December 12, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Lamps, Lighting\Shades". The seller is "rfproductions" and is located in Hurricane, Utah. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Dominican republic, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica.