I bought these as a present for my niece, who just got her ears pierced. They're not too big for small ears, yet not so small she'll outgrown them later and will go with a wide variety of outfits and styles. The order was shipped promptly, and arrived in a cute little purple sateen box accompanied by a surprise box of Seattle chocolates. I was pleased to see the three prong setting was extremely sturdy, and the backs fit nice and tight. The backings are also sturdy - plenty of metal so they won't loosen up over time. The stones are a lovely medium shade of purple - think lilac - not overly dark, although as with any good gemstone the exact shade changes a bit depending upon the lighting. But what really sets these apart from ones sold by other jewelers (and makes them worth the extra cost) is the cut of the stone - these are a checker cut, and have lots of extra facets on them that catch the light and sparkle like crazy with even the slightest movement. For a simple stud earring, these are downright luxe. The best part of all though was when she opened the box - she suddenly turned pink, skipped a little bit in place, and squeaked, "Oh!" all at once! Now to decide which color to buy her next!