Black wedding bands are being heralded as a new fashion trend in men’s jewelry, but the truth is they’ve been around quite some time. Greek artisans carved rings from black onyx and Romans made their famous “ring seals” from the same deep black colored stone. Today’s black wedding bands are usually crafted from tungsten carbide or from black titanium, both known to be high quality alloys that hold up well over time. Some other black rings are made from ceramic or stainless steel.
Why the sudden surge in interest and demand for black wedding bands? Here are a few ideas about what make the idea of black bands compelling beyond their sleek, sophisticated good looks:
They’re strong. Not only does the color itself signify strength, black titanium bands and those made from tungsten carbide are quite strong and hold up well over the years. Difficult to scratch or mar, these eye-catching rings look newer, longer.
They’re different. Let’s face it, black rings are not as common as plain gold bands—or even as silver or white gold. Wearers are infatuated with the uncommon look of black wedding bands and enjoy that the character of the bands seems to be a good match for the unique qualities of their relationships. They can be created in a range of shades, and men especially seem to like the bands for their masculine personality and deep, dark looks.
They’re easy to care for. Tungsten carbide bands are easily cleaned with mild soap, warm water, and a soft cloth by hand. The same method is used to wash a titanium ring, although some manufacturers advise using a glass cleaner after washing with soap and water. Dry either type of ring with a soft, dry cloth, and it’s ready to be worn again.
They’re durable. Titanium rings will acquire blemishes and scratches as they are worn, adding to the personality and vintage look of these handsome bands, that are also super lightweight and make for easy wearing. Tungsten carbide rings are heavier and denser and a lot more difficult to scratch—making them shine long after your vows are said. Choose which black ring you’ll wear based on the feel and eventual look the finish is certain to have.
They’re hypoallergenic. Black Ceramic and cobalt free tungsten rings removes this problem so that those with sensitive skin can continue to wear their rings in comfort for years.
They’re affordable. Black rings made from titanium and from tungsten, as well as stainless steel and ceramic rings can be purchased at a fraction of the cost of gold or silver bands, making them a great choice for young couples and those who are budget conscience.
No matter why you choose a black wedding band—whether it be for its uncommon aesthetic appeal, the low cost, or it’s ability to stand the test of time, you’ll be certain to turn some heads with a handsome dark design of your choice and will love all of the benefits men and women have loved it for since the early days of written history.