Black Wedding Bands: Unique Trend, Unique Choice
The wedding band as we know it is changing. After nearly 100 years of traditional gold wedding bands dominating the jewelry market and weddings throughout America, the last 5 to 10 years has seen an explosion of options for brides and grooms-to-be.
The 1920s ushered in the era of the modern wedding band. Once only for the bride, after World War II, many men began donning simple gold bands similar to their wives. Ever since, couples have been on a quest for the perfect pair of wedding rings to seal their union.
Fast forward to today. And while the wedding band trend is strong as ever - men, no matter how hard they try, can’t get out of wearing their wedding rings - the makeup of the wedding band has changed: color and composition.
After breaking away from the gold standard, the color of wedding bands has become as various as the tastes of the couples buying them. Silver, platinum and tungsten wedding bands have introduced us to wedding bands in a more muted, greyer shade of jewelry. White gold and cobalt rings have spiked recently in the search for a “whiter” metal. And now, black wedding bands have taken the color craze a step further.
Coming in many different styles, and even different material compositions, black rings are on the cutting edge of fashion. They also provide their wearer with a wedding band in a color that never goes out of style and is finally getting its due in wedding circles. Here are some of the more popular black wedding rings:
Black Tungsten Wedding Bands
A modern marvel of science and designer beauty. Black tungsten rings exhibit a high polished black finish completed via an ionization process that bonds the color to the tungsten ring. The result is a smooth, sleek black wedding ring with midnight tones and a supreme shine. A bold choice, black wedding bands like black tungsten rings come in varying widths and can be customized with laser engraving on the interior or unique laser designs on the exterior featuring warm, golden hues.
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Black Ceramic Wedding Bands
Like tungsten, ceramic wedding bands are renowned for their inherent hardness. It’s that very same hardness that bestows ceramic with its superior scratch resistant capabilities, making this lightweight material another excellent choice as a wedding band. Unlike tungsten, black ceramic wedding bands need no plating. Ceramic can be made in a variety of colors, with black wedding rings being the most popular along with combination rings featuring black ceramic and tungsten inlay rings, in which the tungsten is inlaid into the ceramic for a unique juxtaposition, or tungsten rings with black ceramic inlay.
Black Zirconium Wedding Bands
Exploding onto the wedding scene (pun intended, as a transition metal, zirconium has other uses as an explosive primer), black zirconium wedding bands offer a smoky, sultry look in comparison to the high polished shine of other black wedding bands. Similar to titanium in many ways, zirconium is a lightweight metal with moderate hardness. When heat treated, zirconium bands transition from dark grey to their unique black finish. Due to its malleability, black zirconium wedding bands have an abundance of style choices including channel set diamond rings and precious metal inlay styles.
Posted by: Vincent LR, Press Officer