These tables are beautiful and substantial in weight and size. The tops are indeed a thin real marble veneer with a clear coat. The gold is very polished and gleaming, so if that's the look you're going for you will not be disappointed. One end table unfortunately had to be exchanged twice because of obviously defects/flaws and the third try was also flawed but I was tired and just requested a discount. Macy’s customer service was a dream to work with and I couldn't be happier with the table set.