Here's the gospel truth about these earrings. They really are breathtaking. Seriously. I've been pricing the real ones for a few years now, and they're always in the $6000 to $8000 range for inside-out huggie hoops that have substantive diamonds in them. And they ARE substantive in size; the diamonds, that is. If you're the type person who looks like they can afford luxury items, then I assure you your peripheral friends that don't know you're frugal enough to buy CZs will think they're real. I catch people staring at mine daily. I have a job where people assume they're authentic. Having said that, these earrings are pretty flashy and will definitely get people's attention. To me, they're the perfect size also. I couldn't be happier with my purchase.