I eagerly awaited the delivery of this item - having scoured loads of sites for a proper sterling silver cz necklace and finding that so many were either plated base metal or far too high in price. Even this was a bit of a spend for me at this current time, but when it arrived I knew it was perfect for what I wanted! I'm getting married next year and wanted something elegant, yet not something likely to fade into the background and not be noticed. This necklace is all of that and I love the fillagree work on the back of the main stone. Perfect for a bride who doesn't want pearls or for any woman who wants a lovely, eye-catching but non-garish piece of 'bling' around her neck.
No surprises if you're buying based on the picture. They're have a nice impact but not overstated. Very fashionable and tasteful amount of bling. I can't tell if the plating is cheap and thin or if the metal underneath is just irregular. For some reason I expected them to look a little bit more solid. I still like them though. Price could be $15 instead but in my opinion cuff links are always overpriced. Mine also came in just a white cardboard box instead of something fancy.
The problem is that the metal started to tarnish and become pink...which shows the metal base. It not really sterling silver...which made me sad, but the ring overall is beautiful...i love this ring, I wear every day.
WHEN I OPENED THE GIFT BOX CONTAINING THESE EARRINGS I WAS PLEASANTLY SURPRISED. THE STERLING SILVER BASE METAL WAS JUST THE CORRECT WEIGHT/SIZE HOOPS WELL BALANCED FOR MY EARS. THE DIAMONDS WERE PLACED INSIDE AND OUT OF THE HOOP CONFIGURATION AS DESCRIBED. IT APPEARS THAT THE (J-K 13) CLARITY OF THE 1/4 CT DIAMONDS WERE JUST TWINKLY/SPARKLY ENOUGH TO PULL OF THE LOOK OF, "FINE" JEWELRY. ALL THINGS CONSIDERED THE CRAFTSMANSHIP BORDERS ON VERY GOOD. OVERALL APPEARANCE TO IS IMPORTANT TO ME HOWEVER, BECAUSE I HAVE A SENSITIVITY TO NICKLE METALS THESE WERE PERFECT. I HAVE A HABIT OF ACTUALLY WASHING MY EARRINGS, (EXCEPT PEARLS) IN MILD DISH WASHING LIQUID AND RINSING THEM IN WARM WATER, BLOTTING DRY ON A SIMPLE WHITE PAPER TOWEL, BEFORE WEARING THEM THE FIRST TIME. THE DAY I CHOSE TO WEAR THESE EARRINGS THAT FIRST TIME I WENT THROUGH MY CLEANING RITUAL, DRESSED AND WENT TO AN EVENT. I HAD TO REMIND MYSELF TO CHECK MY EARS TO MAKE CERTAIN I HAD NOT LOST THEM, THEY WERE JUST THAT COMFORTABLE! WATCHING MY REFLECTION IN THE MIRROR I THOUGHT, "THESE ARE RATHER PRETTY!" NOW WOULD I GIVE THEM AS GIFTS TO BRIDESMAIDS??... MMM, NOPE! I AM VERY SELECTIVE ABOUT ITEMS I PURCHASE FOR MY FRIENDS. IF THESE WERE TO FALL APART LATER THEN I WOULD BE EMBARRASSED. NOW MY TEENAGED FOLKS OR MY OTHER PICKY RELATIVES WHO COMPLAIN JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING, OH YES! THEY WOULD GET A PAIR. THEY BOTH HAVE TENDENCIES TO LIKE WHATEVER I WEAR AND THEY WOULD NOT HESITATE TO COMPLAIN LOUDLY, IF SOMETHING HAPPENED OR IF THE THEY FELT THE QUALITY WAS NOT QUITE RIGHT! THESE ARE JUST MY OBSERVATIONS. I HOPE THEY ARE HELPFUL.
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