Tumbler is very solid and feels great in your hand. The etching will only appear if you have a very dark liquid (such as straight whiskey) in the glass. I tried it at first with a Margarita, and I literally couldn't find the etching on the glass. I put some R&R whiskey in it, and the design shows. I've tried photographing it to show a friend, but I can't find an angle or a liquid where the design will show up on film. But, it is cool.