Does milgrain wear down?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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951 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@RedHeadKel:  Oh… Um, I’m commenting to follow.  I never thought of that and I have an e-ring that’s covered in milgrain, even on the sides.  And the wedding band has it, too. lol  oops.  I never thought to ask the jeweler about it.

Post # 5
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304 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Wow, I have never heard that! My e-ring and wedding band have milgrain on the edges and so far, my e-ring looks pretty much the same as when I got it a year and a half ago. (slightly beat up from normal wear and tear on the underside).

Post # 6
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951 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@RedHeadKel:  I would assume that the type and quality of the metal would play a part as well.

Post # 7
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8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Hm, I’ve had my ring since Dec 2012, and no wear on my milgrain yet.. still looks as perfect as the day I got it. The only way I could see it “wearing down” was if it’s rubbing against another piece of metal.

Post # 9
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493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@RedHeadKel:  I’ve never thought about it, but I do see very old wedding bands often (I’m an ER nurse and we take them off of patients with trauma to that hand) and they are often VERY worn thin. Usually they’re plain bands and I don’t know what kind of alloy they are; I’m guessing something softer like 18K, but I have seen some truly paperthin bands on people in their eighties and nineties. So I imagine it’s possible for any kind of detail to wear down over time. I doubt it would be within five years, though, unless you’re REALLY hard on your rings.

Post # 10
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241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

My boyfriend’s parents both have milgrain on their wedding bands – they’ve been married 27 years, I believe, and it’s barely visible anymore. I never saw their rings when they were new, though, so I’m not sure how obvious it was then.

Post # 11
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720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

My jeweler told me most of my etching will wear off with time just from rubbing against my engagement ring (both platinum), but he never mentioned anything about the milgrain.  Now I’m curious!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

Yes, it will.  It has not happen to mine yet, but I know it will.  I don’t wear mine every day though.  It can be redone.  In platinum it is not such a big deal, but in gold, it will get to a point where they can no do it any more.  

If you look at antiques, the milgrain and engraving is often worn off of the shank on the inside, near the palm.  And on many pieces, is softened over the rest of the shank.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 1997

Sure it will wear, depending on the alloy of course, but probably not within 5 years. There are antique bands that show lots of wear on milgrain, etching or other designs, and it depends on the metal, how much wear they received and the depth of the original design.

Post # 14
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304 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@RedHeadKel:  Yeah, who knows! My bands are platinum so maybe that’s why I’m not seeing it yet? My aunt still has her original wedding set (14k gold solitare with plain wedding band) and the underside of the band is really worn thin so I’m sure that 30 years from now my ring may be really worn, but she also had hers resized A LOT. 

Post # 15
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851 posts
Busy bee

In gold, yes. In platinum, it will but not very much.

Post # 16
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679 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I picked out my new set and the wedding band has miligrain on it.  The jeweler told me it will wear down but he said “years down the road”.  I’m guessing that’s more than 5 years.

My grandmother had miligrain on her band and it was so worn down that I never knew it even had miligrain until my mom told me.  But she had it for around 50 years.  I don’t know how long it took to wear off.

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