Today, creativity with incorporating milgrain into jewelry pieces, especially engagement rings and wedding bands, has greatly expanded. Experimenting with size, quantity, and placement has opened up a wide variety of ways to use milgrain. From being a subtle detail all the way to a main focal point, modern milgrain looks are very unique.
When considering milgrain for your jewelry, there are quite a few benefits it delivers. The texture of the design delivers an additional sparkle that will complement any gemstone. It’s also a lovely, precise, and subtle way to frame a gemstone. Think of the popular halo setting but featuring milgrain instead of diamonds - it draws the eye to the gemstone centerpiece.
As with other design techniques, milgrain adds personality to a ring or piece of jewelry as an intriguing element. The touch of antique elegance it delivers is reminiscent of artistry and hand craftsmanship that adds to the uniqueness of the piece.
Additionally, milgrain does not usually increase the cost of the piece of jewelry. Other considerations, like the quality of the stone and the type of metal, will have a much bigger impact on the price. Milgrain is also a feature that can be added to a piece at a later date after it has already been constructed.
Every piece of jewelry, especially your engagement ring and wedding band, will require maintenance and care over the years that it is lovingly worn. The presence of milgrain on any piece of jewelry will add a couple of additional considerations for its care.
Milgrain makes your piece of jewelry harder to clean. Just as with pavé settings, dirt and oils can get caught and build up between the milgrain beads, reducing the sparkle. A regular schedule of cleaning milgrain pieces with warm water, mild soap, and a small, soft brush will remove this occasional build-up and return the metal sparkle.
Lastly, because milgrain is a feature of the metal, it has a limited lifespan. The tiny beads will gradually wear down with frequent wear as it’s rubbed and touched. Restoration work about once every decade is an important aspect of maintenance for milgrain pieces of jewelry, especially with the daily wear of milgrain engagement rings. It isn’t expensive or difficult to do, and when done by a skilled jeweler, carries no risk of harm to your jewelry.
If you’re looking for an old-world touch or romantic design feel for your engagement ring, you really can’t go wrong with milgrain. The effect pairs well with any cut and shape of diamond or gemstone and can be achieved in any metal. And we’re always happy to explore ways to add milgrain in a way that is unique and special for your perfect piece.