I've had this ring for almost six months now and it has held up extremely well for all the wear and tear I put it through. The black background on the CTR design has faded, but only the slightest bit. The band is the perfect size for it to be subtle but still noticeable to the wearer. I'm not sure if it's only my ring or if others have had the same experience, but the band has varied from the perfect circle shape it came in, but for me, it was a good thing and it now fits my finger perfectly with its modified shape. Overall, it is a wonderful ring and I'd highly recommend it!