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What Does a Black Wedding Ring Mean?


Wearing a black wedding ring is a relatively new and growing trend, particularly among men. But what does a black wedding ring mean? Is there any significance to wearing a black wedding band?

Some say a black wedding ring symbolizes the strength of one’s love and dedication to their spouse while others say it’s a symbol of mourning worn by a widower to show their love for their late spouse.

In truth, however, a man who chooses to wear a black wedding ring probably just likes the color black or is trying to buck tradition. The slightly edgier appearance of a black ring is especially appealing to men who have more eclectic tastes or who like being trendy.

Not only is a black band unique and fashionable, compared to the more traditional silver or gold-colored rings, they can be less costly. If you’re interested in knowing more about the cost of men’s black wedding rings and where to buy them, read on.

What Does a Black Wedding Ring Mean (for Your Wedding Budget)?

Typically made of tungsten, titanium, zirconium or even ceramic, men’s black wedding rings are usually more affordable than traditional metals like gold or platinum. That doesn’t mean they are your cheapest option, however. Stainless steel or sterling silver bands are often cheaper than a black band.

While prices will vary depending upon what they’re made from, black wedding bands can range anywhere from $50 to more than $500. When mixed with a high-quality metal like platinum or 18 karat gold, a black wedding band will likely top $1,000.

One key drawback that can ultimately impact how much you spend is that black wedding bands cannot be re-sized. If you should ever need your ring size adjusted, you’ll be out of luck. That means either buying a new ring or going without.

Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of buying a black wedding ring.

The Pros:


1. Affordability

Most black wedding bands will cost less than the more traditional platinum or yellow or white gold wedding bands.

2. Durability

Black rings made from ceramic or tungsten are extremely durable and scratch resistant. In fact, tungsten carbide is the most scratch resistant of all the metals, making it a good choice for men who work with their hands. Black rings made from ceramic or tungsten also won’t corrode or tarnish and will hold their shape well.

3. Hypoallergenic

Some black wedding bands, such as those made out of ceramic, zirconium or pure tungsten are hypoallergenic, which is great for anyone with metal allergies.

4. Trendy

Black wedding bands were pretty much unheard of until 2016 when they first began making an appearance in jewelry stores. Now, in 2023, this unique colored-band is completely on-trend and there are a ton of options available to you.


The Cons:


1. Most black bands can’t be resized

Unlike platinum or gold, less traditional tungsten, zirconium and ceramic rings cannot be resized. Titanium rings can be adjusted, but not by much. Titanium is extremely hard to melt down and that makes it very difficult to resize. In most cases a titanium ring cannot be adjusted by more than half a size.

2. They can’t be repaired

While black wedding bands are exceedingly durable and difficult to damage, cracks or chips can occur and, when they do, you have to either replace the ring or wear it as is.

3. They can’t be cut off in emergency

If an emergency occurred that caused your hand or fingers to swell, medical professionals would not be able to cut your ring. Instead, you’d literally have to have the ring smashed off of your finger.

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Where to Shop Online for Men’s Black Wedding Rings

While not as prevalent as the more traditional gold, silver or platinum metal rings, there are still a lot of jewelers stocking black rings. Even if you can’t find what you’re looking for at a bricks and mortar store, you can always hop online and peruse the selection of rings at online retailers like Amazon and Etsy.

Keep in mind, if you do opt to shop online you MUST know your ring size because most black rings can’t be sized up or down. We suggest going to a jewelry store and looking over rings in person first. Even if you can’t find anything you like, you can at least have your finger measured by a professional, so you’ll know your ring size.

If you’ve had no luck in-store, here are some of the best places online for men to find black wedding bands:

1. Etsy

Etsy is an online marketplace that gives smaller businesses a way to bring their wares to the masses. With a focus on handmade and vintage items, Etsy is a good place to shop if you are looking for something truly unique. While there are numerous merchants selling black wedding bands on Etsy, here are two bestsellers you won’t want to miss.