This gown is fabulous! I love how extravagant I feel when I wear it! There are well over 700 pearls and crystals on the bodice and sleeves. The beading took me far longer than I had planned, not because of difficulty but because of procrastination...I admit I'm rather lazy at times. I don't think I'd use bridal satin again (waaay too easy to snag!), but it does have a lovely sheen and weight.