These are very lovely earrings - but they cannot be sterling silver, even though the description says sterling silver construction. After a couple of months they silver coating has worn off in places leaving a pink metal base showing. It is not tarnish, because when I tried cleaning them w/ silver polish I removed more of the silver coating. Same as some inexpensive "sterling silver" earrings I made the mistake of buying from Target. Maybe the hooks are sterling silver. Unfortunately, I do not recommend.