Black Tungsten vs. Black Ceramic – What’s better?

By | 2018-06-15T05:37:43+00:00 May 30th, 2012|Categories: Tungsten Jewelry|0 Comments

Lately, black rings have been increasing in popularity, especially for wedding bands. It is not difficult to understand why as it is more unique than a traditional ring. The beauty of the dark color shines very differently than others. It has a very mysterious, alluring, yet sleek look to it. There are many reasons to fall in love with a black ring. Whatever your reasons for looking into a black ring, there is one thing that is very true of black rings: they are here to stay.

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If you have been researching the black ring you wish to purchase, you have probably realized that more and more black ring styles are being constantly introduced into retail market. In researching your purchase, you have probably come to realize that the two most popular materials used to make black rings are black tungsten and black ceramic. Below, you can learn about the differences between the two and choose which is best for you.

Tungsten is naturally a grayish colored metal and is not found naturally in black and cannot be made in a black color. Black Tungsten is, in actuality, not really “black tungsten”. Tiny particles of titanium zirconium alloy, which is black in color, are shot at an extremely high velocity on a tungsten rings. What essentially happens is that the titanium zirconium embeds itself onto the tungsten ring, giving it a black color. While tungsten itself is extremely scratch resistant, black tungsten rings are not as scratch resistant as the outer surface is actually titanium, which is not as strong and scratch resistant as tungsten. Be cautious of any retailer who claims that their black tungsten rings are scratch resistant. They are not being truthful.

Black ceramic, on the other hand, is an extremely hard, light weight non-metallic material that has recently become a staple in jewelry. Black ceramic is not a coloring like the black tungsten, so if it is scratches, you will not see another color underneath. Black ceramic is also extremely hard, harder than every metal used in jewelry with the exception of tungsten. Its lightweight also makes it ideal for women’s rings.

Both black ceramic and black tungsten are going to look great, and you will undoubtedly love whichever ring you choose. However, in our experience in the jewelry industry, black ceramic is a better option due to its greater scratch resistance and its true black color. There are many options you can go with in your choice in a black ring, but just make sure your choice matches not only your style, but your lifestyle.

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About the Author:

Before joining Tungsten Rings & Co., Zack Mason has worked in the jewelry industry for several years. Mason performed work on engraving, resizing, and jewelry working for several types of precious metals such as gold, platinum and even alternative metals such as palladium. Prior to working in the jewelry industry, Mason was a staff reporter for a local newspaper where he developed and tuned his writing skills. There are few jewelers in the industry with this type of experience. Read More

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