A perfect black, with the right amount of shine, and uniformly round. The holes were a little small for one stringing material I was using, yet I was able to gently ream them with no breakage; a plus for a small bead. I've used all the beads of 2 strands and will come back for more. I love Auntie's Beads seed beads
, but it's so nice to say made of Onyx occasionally.