They are much shinier and glossier than they appear in the advertisement, and the red color is much more vibrant. However understated they were on the website, these earrings were exactly what I wanted to get for a close friend as a gift. They are really cute, and go well with a lot of casual wear (I took the liberty of trying them out, she's in a different city anyway). I'm really excited to give them to her, and really pleased with the purchase. They also come in a box, so that makes packaging easier.