In person, the color of the necklace is a lot more bright gold than pale, as depicted on the website. However, I could tell that this was a well-made, high quality piece. As someone who usually buys costume jewelry at Forever 21 or Express, Ellie Vail is not even in the same comparison bracket. The gold is shiny and bright, and has a nice weight to it. It was quite pricey, but I love it. The shipping was timely, and my necklaces were packaged beautifully. I would definitely buy from this seller again.