Yes, these are REAL EMERALDS. I import these from India, therefore keeping the cost reasonable. Each stone is hand-set in a securely surrounded mounting. It is 22k gold-plated over silver, of course you may special request silver only. One of the best features aside from the beautifully faceted stones is the double latch hinge, this assures easy off and on as well as locked to guarantee against it slipping off. I also offer this style in rubies, and blue sapphire.