Quick, what color is titanium?
If you said, sort of a silver-grey color, you would be right, most of the time. If you’re talking about the titanium in a Soviet submarine or an American spy plane, that is. But if you’re talking about the most fashionable men’s ring on the market today, you’d be wrong. Black titanium rings are the hottest thing going, whether you’re looking for a gift for a male friend, a wedding band, or a fashionable statement for your finger. But you might be asking yourself, what is black titanium? How do the manufacturers get it to be that color, without losing the brilliant shine of titanium?
The first thing you need to understand is that black titanium is no different than any other type of titanium. Despite the various and brilliant colors available, they are all made of the same metal. There are a variety of different methods to change the color of the titanium, but one thing remains the same, no matter the method: these are no simple coatings.
There is no electroplating going on here, no fancy trickery. Your titanium ring isn’t going to be glossed over with a cheap micro layer of black-colored gunk that will chip or rust or tarnish. The blackened surface of that titanium ring is as strong and as pure as the rest of the ring.
Titanium is somewhat unique among metals, in that you can change the color of the surface of the metal by anodizing them. This process is fairly complex, but in essence, the color of the titanium depends on the depth of penetration of the anodization process on the metal.
But with black titanium, a different process is used. A unique heat application is used to blacken the metal from the outside, but the process imbues the color into the ring past the surface layer, providing a rich, deep color that is equally as strong and durable as uncolored titanium. This means that the black color on your ring will never wear off, or chip away, or lose its lustre, or need to be recoated or refinished, or leave a mark on your finger.
The only difference between the usual and expected silver-grey titanium rings and the more fashionable black titanium rings is that color. Otherwise, the two rings are nearly identical, in weight, strength and any other measurable way. There is no loss to purchasing black titanium rings – only benefits to gain. They’re fashionable, bold, and original; and just like the beautiful black color, that’s not just skin deep.