In the photo, this medallion appears to be a matte finish--not shiny, but in fact, it's very shiny! It really sparkles when you wear it, but it's very dainty. I generally wear two boma necklaces at the same time--one at 16" and one at 18". You have to be very careful not to tangle the chain and not to lose the pendant, as it falls off the chain fairly easily. Probably not a great gift for a youngster. I love it, and am happy with the purchase.