There are several reasons why you would need to consider resizing of a ring. Either your fiance bought you one that was too small or too large. Or you lost/gained weight as a result of which it no longer fits you right. Or you just want to wear the ring on different finger rather than the one it was originally sized for.
Ring resizing is a procedure that can be done for most types of rings. Many jewelers offer this service through their jewelry stores.
Before you dash off to your local jewelry store, there are some important things you should know about ring resizing.
Resizing your Ring to make it Larger
If your finger size is 6 but the dream ring you just purchased online is a size 5, then you need to have it sized up. There are two ways to resizing a ring to be larger.
1. Adding Extra Metal to the Band
A jeweler will add extra metal to enlarge its band. They will need to cut the ring’s shank and add a bridge of gold to make up the larger size.
They will pull apart the two sides of the ring, adding a bridge by soldering the extra metal.
2. Stretching the Ring
A jeweler will stretch the existing ring shank. This method consists of stretching its shank by pulling it apart and elongating it.
With this method, the slightest mistake can damage your precious ring. Most jewelers try to avoid this method since it renders the ring weaker. It can also change the look of the ring.
The upside of this method, is that it can be cheaper than adding extra metal to the ring, so it will save some money.
There is only one method for resizing a ring to make it smaller. The jeweler has to cut off a part of the ring’s shank and then join the two ends by soldering them.
Resizing a ring to be smaller can be tricky. Especially if it is an eternity ring or a ring with inset stones or delicate gems. An expert jeweler can help you resize your ring and make it smaller without causing any damage to its structure.
Alternatively, if the ring is only a couple of sizes bigger than your actual size, you can try to use ring overlays to prevent it from slipping off. Ring overlays are especially good solutions in case of a delicate ring that could get damaged during the resizing process.
You need an Expert Jeweler for Resizing your Ring
Resizing a ring is delicate procedure. Not just any jeweler is up for the task. It’s best to hire the expertise of a seasoned jeweler. Here are some situations where ring resizing can become complicated.
- In case of a channel set or a pave set ring, the gemstones and diamonds can get misaligned during the resizing process.
- The prongs of the ring can flare out or get compressed during the resizing process.
- Delicate gems like opals, pearls, and emeralds, or inlaid stones can all get damaged during soldering process. These stones may even need to be removed during resizing, and then reset correctly afterwards.
- Engravings on the ring can be damaged during resizing. You may need to have the engravings done again after the resizing process.
- Very thick or very thin rings can be difficult to size up or size down.
- In some cases, a ring can needs to change more than 4 sizes smaller or larger. It is difficult and expensive to resize rings this dramatically.
- Rings with shared prongs are also difficult to resize.
- If any of these situations apply to you, then you should take the time to seek out an experienced resizing jeweler. Don’t just walk into any jewelry store for the procedure.
Selecting your Ring Resizing Jeweler
There are many factors to assure you that a ring resizing “expert” is actually good at what they do. Here are some tips to help you choose one.
1.Get word of mouth referrals
Ask your friends and/or colleagues if they have had their ring resized. If yes, ask them about their experience and whether they were satisfied with the work done by their selected professional.2. Go to the locally-owned jewelry stores
Most local jewelry stores have knowledgeable staff or owner-operators to advise you about jewelry resizing. Locally-owned, boutique jewelry stores with expert jewelers or owned by expert jewelers are usually the best at ring resizing projects. Their reputations and future sales rely on their being good at what they do. So you’ll get the care and attention your ring deserves.Be wary of mall-based jewelry stores. Generally these types of stores are sales outposts, so they don’t have a professional jeweler on site. They will send your ring back to their headquarters for the procedure.
3. Online Ring Resizing Services
Several online jewelry stores offer sales and servicing online. However, you should read through their entire website. Read their testimonials. Google for reviews about the company. Is there a number you can reach them at? If you plan on using an online service, then you will have to mail them your ring. When sending your ring, be sure to pay extra for insurance and a confirmation receipt/signature.
4. A traveling personal jeweler
Many reputed jewelers can visit you at your home. They do not have an office, so they travel from job to job. They can give you personalized service and make custom repairs to your jewelry in the comfort of your home.
5. Don’t be cheap
A resized ring should look beautiful when complete. There should be no misalignment in its stones, prongs or the color of the shank. The engravings, if any, should not appear blurred and there should be no compromise to the overall ring quality.Select a ring jeweler who will do a marvelous job, no matter if it costs you a little more. Do not compromise on this aspect just to save a few bucks. You will regret your decision later if it comes back with problems.
6. Make sure they care
Despite the jeweler you choose, make sure you get a sense that they care about your jewelry. Make sure they have the willingness and skill to deal with any challenges that come with resizing your ring. Don’t just let the first guy willing to take your money do the job. Make sure it’s the right guy or girl.
7. Ask for your Cutout
Do not hesitate to ask them for your ring cutout when you are reducing the ring’s size. The Cutout is the piece of extra metal which is “cut out” when down-sizing your ring.Why would you want it? Someday you may want to up-size your ring, so having the original matching piece of metal will make it easier and cheaper to do. A reputed jeweler will not hesitate giving it back to you.
Alternatives to Resizing your Ring
Now that you know all the pros and cons of ring resizing, the question remains: should you do it? Let’s help you decide whether or not to resize your ring…
Rings tend to change size based on the season. Maybe your ring fits you well in summers, but it is loose in winter. You can use plastic re-sizers that will prevent seasonal size changes.
Temporary ring guards are also available in case you have a very delicate ring that cannot be resized. Ring Guards are available in white and rose gold metal. They can be easily worn with your ring without being too obvious.
In some cases, wearing a tight fitting ring with a loose fitting ring can help. The tighter ring can prevent the large ring from slipping off your finger.
How long does ring resizing take?
This depends on the jeweler you choose. You might want the resizing to be done in a day, but a reputed jeweler may not commit to this time-frame considering their current workload.
When you do the resizing with a reputed jeweler, be prepared to wait for a few days, even weeks, to get your ring back.
Select a jeweler who won’t be rough on the ring and will take all the time needed to do the job impeccably. A lazy jeweler might do a rush job by adding beads to the inside shank in order to make the ring sit tighter on your finger. Ring resizing is a complicated and delicate process that takes much more than that.
Factors that effect the ring resizing time-frame:
- The thickness of your existing ring
- Does it need sizing up or down?
- The placement of the stones
- Any engravings