We know what you’re thinking. Black wedding rings? Yes, black wedding rings. Black wedding bands are a thing and they’re a rising trend in the wedding industry.
Far from traditional, black wedding rings are fashion forward, sleek and modern. Coming in a variety of material types and styles, the selection of black wedding rings available to couples is growing as quickly as the trend itself. In a world where weddings are shared across multiple social media platforms, black wedding rings are providing couples daring enough to wear them the chance to flaunt their bold choice of individuality.
Thinking of going with the “back in black” wedding trend this season, consider these style tips to showcase your individuality with the multitude of black wedding ring styles out there.
True Black vs Black Plating
Wedding rings have come a long ways since the days of the traditional gold band. Today couples have a spectrum of colors from the brightest white gold to midnight black ceramic rings when it comes to their wedding ring choice. Like the variety of gold ring options out there, black wedding rings come in varying colors completed in various ways. Knowing your black rings material will give you a better idea of its limitations and durability.
The most common variety of black wedding band is the IP black ring. Short for “ionized plating,” IP black rings come in a range of metals: black tungsten, cobalt chrome, titanium and stainless steel. These rings are created by applying a black plating via complex reverse ionization processes that we won’t bore you with. What you need to know is that because these rings are plated, they can wear if you are rough on your ring but their black coloring is very dark and noticeable.
True black wedding rings, or in other words black rings that are black all the way through the ring, are made from ceramic rings. Ceramic can be made in any color and this form of black ring will provide the best protection against scratches. The only downside is that ceramic bands can chip or crack with impact because of their extreme hardness. They are always very lightweight, which can be plus or minus depending on personal preference.
The wild card in the bunch is black zirconium rings. Zirconium rings are naturally dark grey in color but when heat treated they take on a black color that is very scratch resistant. Black zirconium wedding rings also come in a wide array of styles because their malleability making them a great choice for custom diamond wedding bands and precious metal inlays.
Two-tone Black Wedding Rings
A twist on the black wedding rings trend is the rise of two-two black wedding bands. These rings are a mash-up of traditional and modern. By combining materials like black ceramic and tungsten carbide, a groom can wear a ring with contrasting colors and high scratch resistance. In turn, a bride might want to combine two of the season’s hottest colors in rose gold and black by wearing a black zirconium ring with rose gold inlay.
Two-tone black wedding rings are simply another extension of the original impetus that brought us black rings in the first place. Couples aren’t limiting themselves to tradition and as a result the styles jewelry makers are creating is growing.
Pop of Black
But then again, there’s good reason why traditions last so long. And maybe you’d prefer to just dip your toe into the black wedding ring trend instead of jumping head first. A pop of black would suit you just fine.
To get the pop of black look for black wedding rings for her or him, ask your jeweler to have the traditional white diamond replaced with a solitaire black diamond. Rings coming in both the traditional metals like gold and platinum and non-traditional like cobalt and tungsten can have black stones set in them. With a variety of simple yet stylish bands, the subtle nuance of a black stone complements your material choice.
Vincent LaRosa, Press Officer with TungstenWorld.com:
Boasting an extensive knowledge of wedding band metals and materials, Vincent has been writing about the benefits of durable wedding bands for nearly 6 years with TungstenWorld.com. Matching couples with the tungsten wedding bands or cobalt rings that suit their lifestyle and tastes, while keeping his readers hip to the latest and greatest in new fashions has always been Vincent’s goal. If you’re looking for an in fashion wedding band, casual ring or jewelry sure to look as good as the day you bought it, rest assured he’ll have more than a few suggestions for you.
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