These earrings are so classy and beautiful, I regret not having bought them sooner. I rarely splurge on myself, so I was reluctant to buy these, even on sale. But when they were marked down to 70% off, I decided to bite the bullet -- and am SO glad I did. They are classy, classy, classy! Sometimes jewelry gives the imperssion that the owner/wearer is trying to impress. These are impressive in a more classy way. The shape, size, and drop are perfect, and the gold "sweep" adds a beautiful accent. The onyx is substantial. It's not just a little sliver; it has some heft in your hand, but the earrings don't feel heavy when you're wearing them. I think these would be perfect in a variety of situations -- a dressy casual setting, weddings, funerals, important business meetings, etc.