The necessity to resize your ring may arise due to a variety of reasons. For example, some people do it because of weight loss or weight gain and the band becomes too loose/tight.
Sometimes, people perform a resizing of their rings simply because they want to wear the ring on another finger.
Whatever the reasons are, one thing is certain: resizing is a very common procedure and can be done on most types of rings. However, as to every rule, there are exceptions too.
I recommend that you seek professional advice and always consult a jeweler (or maybe two, just to be on the safe side) if you really need to resize your ring.
The general rule of the thumb is, a ring can be modified up to a maximum of two sizes.
This ring is too small to fit comfortably on the finger.
Before you do anything rash with your current ring (especially for first time ring wearers), do you actually know how tight or loose should a ring be for it to be considered as correctly sized?
A ring which is properly adjusted to the size of your finger should feel a wee bit tight to you (while it actually is not). It should go on your finger easy and come off a bit harder, with a slight brush against your skin.
Getting used to the feeling takes a few days during which you will constantly feel and think that the ring is too tight for you. While patience is key, if your new ring still feels too tight or uncomfortable after a few days, you should consult your jeweler.
Men, especially those who have never worn a ring before, will probably have a tougher time than others when they are buying jewelry.
One of the most common mistakes made by male shoppers is to buy an oversized ring. This not only increases the risk of a ring getting lost, it also requires the trouble of undertaking a resizing job.
When it comes to jewelry shopping, I always advocate for doing it right the first time round. To save yourself from potential hassle, make sure you know the size of the ring to buy. If you have problems in determining the ring finger size of your recipient, you need to check out this article.
Making a ring smaller is a fairly easy process compared to making it larger. When a ring is made smaller, the jeweler usually cuts out a small portion of the band, and joins the pieces back together again.
After restoring the circular shape, the ring is soldered back together and cleaned of any oxidation caused during the soldering. The ring is also given a polish to smoothen its surface. When the job is completed, there should be no indication or visible details that the ring had been resized.
Due to the intricate craftsmanship, it is almost impossible to rework a ring like this.
For simple ring designs with plain shanks or uniform bands, resizing is fairly easily. However, ornate rings or rings that carry a certain design around the entire length of the band are harder to work with. This is because the ornate design might have to be remade completely due to a change in ring size.
Depending how much your ring needs to be sized up, there are generally two methods to do this. If it just needs to be modified slightly larger, stretching is the best option to achieve your desired modification.
The limit to this is that stretching can be done to a maximum of a half size larger depending on the material and design of the jewelry. Reworks to increase the ring by more than half a size requires the ring to be cut. Thereafter, additional pieces of metal are soldered into the gap.
Increasing your ring’s size may pose a problem if your band has an ornate pattern around it as discussed above. If the ring has multiple stones (e.g. channel settings) attached to it, it might be necessary to move the diamonds or gems around the band to balance the setting in order to keep its inherent beauty.
Regardless of whether you are enlarging or shrinking your ring, you should always check that the ring had been properly polished and that the ring’s surface is smoothed out evenly with no visual signs of soldering lines.
Make sure that the ring is a perfect fit
Well, it really depends on a number of factors. Ring resizing involves material costs (gold/platinum) and labor fees (depends on your ring’s intricacy and where you are based geographically). Based on the current gold prices (as of August 2014), my estimate of a general ring resizing job should cost around $50 – $75.
Even though it may be hard to accept, there are certain rings which simply cannot be resized and those which should not be reworked. For example, eternity rings that have a continuous setting of gemstones around the band are very tough to be resized.
Any attempts to do so may damage the gemstones and also distort the original beauty of the ring. This is because resizing upsets the original continuity and balance when the ring was first custom created.
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Also, titanium, tungsten and stainless steel rings are nearly impossible to resize due to their material properties. Likewise, non-metal bands such as wood, glass or quartz also cannot be modified and reshaped.
If you have a ring which has an invisible tension setting, altering the size of the band may upset the ring’s tensile strength. This can cause durability issues as well as misalignment of the center stone if the resizing is done correctly.
On a last note, it is advisable that you check out all the necessary details with your jeweler before you make a purchase. Upfront advice will help prevent headaches down the road and avoid unnecessary trouble should the need for ring modification arises.