This ring looks as new as the day I gave it to my then-fiance. It's been more than a year and he wears it everyday, even to sleep. He does take it off when rock-climbing (safety issue, not for fear that the ring will get scratched). We've gone hiking, done some minor rock scrambling, etc with nary a scratch. It's a very sturdy ring that has retained its shine for more than a year now. I believe the ring is true to size.