This is a nice set of dishes. The outside rims of the plates, outside rims of the salad bowls, outside of the mugs, and the outside of ice cream bowls is very gray/silver (not black). I ordered them because they were listed as black, but I am actually very pleased because they match the stainless in my kitchen well! I have hand washed them and have not had any problems with spots (my dishwasher is down). They are very pretty and they are not overly delicate as some I have shopped for seemed. They were packed nicely and I didn't have any that were broken.