There are pearl-like beads that light up at the end of the branches. It is really quite gorgeous. It can be used as a stand alone piece or center piece for dining. I get many compliments on it from friends and family. It is very romantic and can be used as a Valentine’s Day decoration. Very easy to operate- you just turn it on by gently touching the on button at the base. Uses household AA batteries which great so you don’t have to buy special batteries. I wouldn’t mind purchasing another one.