These are lovely pearl studs. Just the right size to fit nicely in the first piercing. When I received my set, the backings were extremely tight; I was afraid that I was going to pull the setting off the pearls. I loosened up the backings a little and now the backings slide easy on and off but still secure enough to keep my earrings in place. My purple pearls are a lovely shade of purple; not a dark, muddy color nor a pale shade and the lavender is a soft, lighter shade of purple with a silver undertone and the white is a classic pearl staple. I am extremely delighted with these pearl stud earrings.