My husband had wanted this ring for months. I purchased it for his birthday and couldn't wait to get it. When the ring arrived, I was a bit disappointed. Don't get me wrong, it is a terrific ring, but it looks different in real life than the picture. It is actually black just as the description says but the picture does not show it well. We still really liked the ring, it just isn't what we were expecting. Also, my husband is a bigger guy and desired a wider ring. This one is 7mm so if you like wider, this one is not for you. Otherwise, terrific product. Just know in advance that the background on the ring is indeed black.