The Albany Onyx frame is a deep black, yet has tiny grooves in, not dissimilar to an old vinyl record. perhaps not as indented. take a look at the closer up photo, you can see the lines as you look at the frame in different lighting. It has a slight shine and feels really lovely. it is made form a good quality wood and so feels substantial to hold. Black frames work well with most kinds of home décor and match well with graphite pencil drawings. This frame is suitable for an engraved plaque which I would recommend having the silver colour with this particular moulding. The client who commissioned the portrait below matched the frame with two colours of mount / matts - charcoal black as the main mount and a pale grey for the inner mount / matt. This moulding would work equally as well with pale grey or cream as the main mount / matt. Amanda makes this frame bespoke for each of my clients, if you are interested in ordering one for your portrait, let me know and I will obtain a quote for you.