This is a modern reproduction of a centuries old earring style. The original earrings would have been real gold with genuine gemstones. These are made of gold tone metal that is textured and edged in caviar beading. They have white beads as centers. The effect is of heirloom earrings. The earrings are for pierced ears and have ear wires with leverback closures for security. The earrings are petite and great for the woman who doesn't like large or long drop earrings. The earrings have probably never been worn.