Zirconium is available in all black, or two-tone black and white. It is also an excellent choice to highlight another material as an inlay. It is hypoallergenic, has incredible chemical resistance, and is very lightweight. Zirconium is an ideal choice for customization in a modern, black ring, but is not ideal for wear in rough conditions or activities. Love is bold. Picking Zirconium for a wedding ring is similarly bold. The defining characteristic of Zirconium is that it is simply black. Black is classic and timeless. On a wedding ring, it is brave and daring.
Zirconium is an element on the periodic table. It has incredible chemical resistance and does not readily react with solvents, acids, bases or other common chemicals. Such unique characteristics make Zirconium a great material to use in exotic applications. Traditionally, it used as an alloy in nuclear reactors, submarines, and incendiary munitions.
Zirconium rings are made using this same high-tech Zirconium alloy, which is comprised primarily of Zirconium with a few trace elements. These unique combinations of metals make Zirconium rings a perfect option for those with nickel and precious metal allergies and sensitivities.
In its natural state, Zirconium is a silver-grey color. It earns its stark black appearance through a heating process, in which a layer of hard black oxide grows on the metal. This black layer is much harder than raw Zirconium, but it is very thin. Unlike oxidized silver and black rhodium, this layer does not rub off over time. It is also more durable than black-coated rings, such as black titanium and black tungsten.
Wear and Care
The black layer of Zirconium is, however, subject to scratching and the silver can show through if it is scratched. If you are very hard on your rings, Zirconium may not be the ideal choice unless you’re willing to take care of it. Elysium could be an excellent alternative for someone looking for a black ring that simply won’t scratch. On the other hand, Zirconium is the most versatile of all black metal rings and, if taken care of, can last many years.
We recommend Zirconium for customers complaining of nearly any type of metal allergies and other metal sensitivities. To our current knowledge, we’ve never heard of anyone with a Zirconium sensitivity or allergy.
Customization and Personalization
Zirconium gives the most options for design, style, and customization of any black material. These rings can be inlaid with hardwood, meteorite, carbon fiber, precious metals, set with diamonds and gemstones, carved and laser engraved, and made in unique designs and shapes. When a Zirconium ring has a carved or milled design on it, the ring can be either two-toned silver and black or all black.