If you’ve encountered a person wearing a black wedding band on their finger, you may have wondered why they chose to do so. Black rings date back to ancient times when Greco-Roman couples would exchange rings carved from black onyx during their wedding ceremonies. But why do people continue wearing black rings today? Let’s look at a few of the meanings behind wearing a black wedding band.

Symbolism Of The Color Black

Black can signify power, courage, or strength, as well as show conviction or belief. In relation to marriage, a black ring can symbolize the power of love. Wearing black rings can be a way for a couple to show that they are dedicated to their marriage and that they believe in the strength of their union above all else.

A Fashion Statement

In fashion, black is the color of elegance and style. The saying “_____ is the new black” exists for a reason. Some couples choose to wear black wedding bands because black is a complementary color that goes well with just about any outfit. Black wedding bands also tend to be simple in design, which makes them the perfect accent piece for more daring outfits. 

Carrying On A Tradition

Because black wedding rings have a long history, some black wedding bands have been passed down throughout multiple generations. Wedding bands made from black quartz are sometimes considered a big part of a family tradition. Wearing these rings can bring a sense of pride in one’s family ties, or deepen a connection someone has to their predecessors. Wearing an heirloom ring can also be a subtle way of showing wealth or status. People can show great pride in their family’s financial standing and choose to show it off by wearing a unique and custom-made black wedding band. 

A Practical and Safe Choice

Black wedding bands are sometimes made of softer materials, like silicone, which means they can stretch. This is important for people who work with their hands, as over the course of a long day your fingers can swell up. It’s hard to do your job or to focus when your fingers are swelling painfully around an immobile metal ring.

Also, many people, such as cooks, construction workers, first responders, or servicemen and women need to wear rings that aren’t made of precious metals. The demands of such jobs can easily damage rings made from traditional metals like gold and silver. And, because black wedding bands tend to be slimmer and more subtle, there’s a much lower chance of them getting caught in machinery and causing injuries. 

Wedding bands come in many shapes, sizes, and styles. At Casa D’Oro Fine Jewelry, our expert jewelers can help you find the right piece of jewelry for you and your loved one. Since 1984, we’ve gone the extra mile to provide the kind of service experience that stays with you for as long as our fine jewelry. If you’re looking for the perfect wedding band, be sure to get in contact with us.