(Closed) Rhodium and milgrain

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Not sure I totally understand the question, but I do, I would say that if the rhodium is in tact, the milgrain should not be turning yellow.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Also not entirely sure I understand, but I have milgrain on my e-ring and the rhodium is still intact.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

14 or 18k white gold is actually a buttery yellow color and rhodium is the only thing that makes white gold white. If you see yellow, that is probably the yellow gold in your band and the rhodium has worn away from that spot. Rhodium plating is typically pretty thin. It is natural for it to rub away with wear.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Okay, so, over time milgrain does get worn off which you seem to understand since it is/has happened to you a bit from rubbing. However, if the milgrain is turning yellow, it is become the rhodium is wearing off. The milgrain doesn’t naturally yellow overtime. To the second part of your question: the rhodium overlay is so thin that when it gets worn off, it doesn’t necessarily mean the actual milgrain is wearing down. If you keep up on re-rhodium dipping, the milgrain should have a better chance of lasting throughout the years, as wear will then erode the rhodium and not the gold.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I believe that is correct.

The rhodium works as a buffer to the eventual damage as it is wearing away, instead of the gold. But again, if you are hitting and knocking the milgrain constantly, the rhodium and gold will suffer. The rhodium just works as a small barrier.

But honestly, lots of people prefer the look of worn and whellowing milgrain. Very antique. And I do believe that milgrain can be reworked eventually if it is to wear down. Great jewelers can do some amazing things to preserve and refurbish jewelry!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I don’t have milgrain, but my set is white gold and it does turn slightly yellow once the rhodium has worn away. As another poster said, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the milgrain is wearing down if the yellow is coming through. I’m sure if you don’t have it re-dipped, it will be/stay yellow the way you want it 🙂

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Well if you like the effect, then I would suggest not having your ring redipped as it will go away ( and probably not come back after you’ve had the band soldered)

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