Today I'm going to experiment with cutting to the chase. The list below represent everything I've learned over the past 7 years about where to get beautiful outdoor lanterns. These DO take maintenance, but they are THE BEST for stunning outdoor lighting during the warm months ahead and will last for years...
>> Casamidi Lanterns - These are the finest I know of. Designed by a couple of ex-New Yorkers (who fled to the good life), they now come in many sizes and finishes. We particularly like the oversize - 36" - standard Symi lantern (above) as well as the new Punta Maroma Lantern (below).
>> Santa Rosa Candles are recommended
>> Ikea Rotera lanterns - These are the cheap workhorses that we've used for years. They are great and you will see them used in fancy restaurants, slipping into the decor without notice. We go for the original metal version only.
>> NotNeutral's Pinhole Lanterns - Spotted this past fall at a number of fairs, these are particularly elegant when lit, are inspired by Mexican and Moroccan lanterns, and come in three sizes and three colors.
>> Dietz #90 D-Lite "Bright Tin Plate" Cold Blast Lantern - These can be a little tricky to maintain, but they offer the best all weather lighting in the handsomest vintage design. This is the original pre-1943 version and it will run you only $19.
>> One More DIY Idea - Large glass candy jars like those above from Crate and Barrel are easy to buy and cheap. Place a pillar candle inside on a bed of sand or attractive rocks and you are golden.