The OP is talking about Black Hole items, the ones with no item sets (so not Campaign). The armorings from those weren't slot specific before 1.5. I bought the gloves each time and put the 61 armorings into all of my gear slots.
Now they have become slot specific, which the OP mentioned.
Yes they were
Otherwise we'd buy the cheaper items (gloves, boots) and put the armor mods into the chest and legs