I really liked the look of these earrings and the other pair I bought from here. I wore them constantly, but this was my unfortunate mistake. My piercing holes were constantly inflamed, irritated, itchy, and swollen. My husband is a doctor and said it was contact dermatitis from the metal/impurities in the metal, which leads me to believe that these earrings are not gold plated. As such, I'm super dissatisfied at the pricing.