Milgrain Engraving the Detail You Don’t Want to Forget
Milgrain Engraving Defined
Often, you’ll see it all along the outer edges of band rings.
Milgrain’s Been Around and Comes in Different Sizes
Milgrain comes in different sizes. You are more likely to be aware of the larger milgrain engraving examples with their visible detail.
When you run into a super small milgrain edge, you need to run your fingernail along the edge to feel it. Clients have said to me, “I don’t know why, but I like this one better.” It’ll be a ring with such a fine milgrain that it’s not that obvious to the eye. And yet somehow we sense it.
Then there are bigger versions of milgrain, that don’t suggest vintage, yet are super appealing, like the ring to the left.
Three Ways Milgrain is Made
1. Tiny balls can be fabricated and individually soldered onto a piece.
2. A knurling—or milgraining—tool can be rolled over a metal surface creating a row of bumps and depressions, after which they are rounded, smoothed, and polished.
3. Computers are used to draw milgrain in a CAD (Computer Aided Design) creating the program to carve the subsequent wax with milgrain details.
Milgrain Engraving and Jewelry Restoration
Many people who have inherited antique rings don’t know that they used to have this detail.
We turn to milgrain engraving to bring back the feel of the era that your ring came from. Restoring period appropriate engraving designs and milgrain edging makes a big impact on your older or inherited piece of jewelry.
Most importantly when you restore the old world engraving, you get to see what your ring looked like when your Grandfather gave it to your Grandmother. See Carole’s Milgrain re-engraving blog post.
Milgrain Engraving or a Plain Edge?
Milgrain engraving can add an antique feel to your jewelry. Other times, milgrain suggests artistry and hand craftsmanship. Sometimes…it just looks cool!
In the picture to the left you can compare either milgrain edging or high-polish edging on two similar rings. Let your eyes tell you whether you gravitate toward one or the other.
It’s Like a Picture Frame
When I propose a pretty hand engraved design for a piece of jewelry, I like frame it with the milgrain edging.
What’s the Takeaway Message Here?
My Milgrain Video
With more pictures, choices and information check out my video.
You Can Call Me!
Are you curious about milgrain, and how it might it work for you? Call me and let’s talk about it. (805)963-4157.
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