This ring looks like sterling silver, not stainless steel. The color is much lighter than stainless steel usually is. I really love this ring because of the inscription on the inside band (the serenity prayer). The inscription is not visible when the ring is worn, so it's more about the personal significance for me; a good reminder of how I should live my life. It's also a great conversation starter... people like to take it off my finger and closely inspect the writing when I tell them about it. I know the serenity prayer is often referenced by AA members, but I just like it because I agree with its message. One of the reviews mentioned that the black lacquer rubbed off the writiing, but so far it hasn't happened to mine and I wear it often. The only negative is that there are little fuzzy scratches on the outside fot he ring (bc it's a concave shape and rubs against hard surfaces), but that happens to a lot of rings and it's not noticeable unless you look closely.