As my title says: You get what you pay for. Ordered these for my wife as a inexpensive Christmas present, since money was tight and we weren't going to exchange gifts this year. I liked these because she has no jewelry with her birth stone in it, and since we are in the process of relocating I thought I'd mail them to her as a little surprise. The bright red garnet in the picture turned out to look more brownish than red. They're okay, but I guess you expect a whole lot for around $40. I would say that they're nice, but nothing special. Also, I had ordered 2 other items at the same time, and while those came within a few days, these took a while. I didn't have time to mail it out for Christmas, so they're still sitting here. She'll love them just because of the thought.
They must have had more background light on these than is there when I wear these, because they are fairly brown with just a hint of red and a bit dull. Overall, they are pretty, but not the stunning earrings you see pictured. Also, they are bit smaller than they appear. A little disappointed, but I guess that's "fair."