I would only recommend these earrings if you don't care about the size of the pearls. These are darling earrings for the price, but the pearls are very, very small. The pictures are really deceiving and the pearls are not even close to 5 mm. I was very surprised and disappointed when I first opened the box. I tried to be very careful in determining the size of the pearls from the photos, but they look much larger than the actual size. If I had seen them in a store, I would not have purchased them. I would return them except I like the design of the earrings, and I am impressed with the quality of the earrings (yes, they are sterling). I must admit that the tiny little freshwater pearls are just a beautiful shade of milk chocolate.