A new material for innovative alliances, highly attractive for adventurous and unconventional individuals. If you're looking for gray-colored rings but want to steer away from stainless steel, zirconium in its natural color is a good alternative. However, if you're seeking black rings, black zirconium is an affordable and versatile material. While high-quality black zirconium rings will maintain their elegant appearance for many years, titanium or tungsten rings treated to be black won't retain their superficial dark color for long.
Just a few years ago, no one thought of buying a wedding ring that wasn't made of gold. These gold and platinum rings have always been leaders (and still are) as they are timeless metals. However, alternative options for couples have emerged recently. First, there was steel, then titanium, and more recently, new materials like natural zirconium, tantalum, or "dark" wedding rings like black zirconium or carbon. All of them have gained popularity thanks to increasingly advanced manufacturing techniques that produce high-quality pieces and the trend of using more "technological" materials in jewelry.
This combination of trend and excellent quality has made zirconium a new chosen metal for crafting alliances, becoming an attractive alternative.
- Zirconium is derived from zircon, a gemstone known since ancient times. The Persians called it "zargun," which means "golden color," and that's where its name comes from. It was discovered in 1789, but pure metal was not obtained until 1914. With zirconium in its natural state, a silver-gray color, shining similar to steel or titanium, gray zirconium rings are made.
- Although "zirconia" and "zirconium" sound similar and are spelled almost the same, they couldn't be more different. Zirconia, commonly known as zirconite, is a worthless stone manufactured as a substitute for diamonds in cheap jewelry.
- Zirconium is a ductile, malleable, and refractive metal with high resistance to corrosion and breakage. It has been used for years in the aerospace, aeronautical, and even medical industries. The nuclear energy industry demands nearly 90% of its global production.
- Zirconium poses no environmental hazard, is biocompatible, non-toxic, and does not cause allergies as it is practically a pure element and doesn't contain any of the irritants that may be present in other materials. In fact, similar to titanium.
- To achieve the black color, it is heated to a very high temperature, causing a surface chemical reaction -oxidation-, and the result is a thin layer of zirconium oxide with an intense black color that will remain over time.
- The obtained black zirconium layer, once polished, has a silky texture and is harder than natural zirconium, with a hardness equivalent to sapphire, which is the hardest natural gemstone after diamond. Being very hard, black zirconium can scratch if it comes into contact with other metals, rocks, etc. Sometimes, if the ring comes into contact with a softer metal like gold, it can transfer metal onto the surface of the black zirconium, simulating a scratch. In this case, the transferred metal can be removed with a cloth, kitchen cleaner, and warm water. A black zirconium ring is not affected by common chemicals and does not require special care.
The wedding rings and alliances made with zirconium that we showcase in our collection are German-made and undergo strict quality controls with cutting-edge technology, specifically tailored to your needs. They are a clear example of the prestige of "Made in Germany" products.
It is possible to have a personalized laser engraving on the inside with a special message. The inner part of the rings is curved to ensure a comfortable fit on the finger. Knowing the correct size is essential because, due to the hardness of the material, resizing the rings is difficult.
Comparing the "new" materials: Zirconium, titanium, tantalum, carbon, or steel:
- For their color: Zirconium can be natural gray or darkened to be black like carbon. Tantalum has the darkest gray, followed by titanium, and finally, natural zirconium or steel are lighter shades of gray.
- For their weight: Carbon is the lightest by far. Next is titanium, zirconium, steel, and tantalum is the heaviest.
- For their scratch resistance: Tantalum is the hardest. Next is zirconium, steel, titanium, and carbon.
- For their price, related to the difficulty of working with them: Steel is the most economical. Next is titanium, carbon, zirconium, and tantalum.
- Carbon, titanium, tantalum, and zirconium have very good thermal conductivity, which makes them adapt instantly to the temperature of the skin.
- All of them are very durable and highly resistant to breakage.
- Due to their manufacturing method, adjusting the size of these rings once they are made is not easy, and only in the case of tantalum or zirconium, their size can be modified by one or two numbers. However, sometimes the manufacturer accepts making a new ring at a special price if it needs to be made larger or smaller.
Both on our website and in our physical store -dedicated exclusively to engagement rings and wedding bands- we showcase a wide assortment of models crafted with gold, platinum, carbon, titanium, steel, tantalum, zirconium, silver, etc.
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