These are gorgeous even if I say so myself. How long they will last I can't tell/They are made from both macassar ebony, the bases and strems, and black ebony, the top. As with all my candlesticks they have a fire proof insert for the candle. They stand just under 7"(175mm) tall. They are finished to a very high level with hard acarnauba wax polish making them extremely tactile as well as beautiful to look at. Perfect for any decor, contemporary or traditional.