The Hows And Whys to Ring Resizing

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Changing A Ring’s Size Is Common

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.

IMPORTANT: Read This First!

ring too small for finger

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.

 


Resizing Your Ring to a Smaller Size

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.

fern engraved details ring

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.

Increasing the Size of Your Ring

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.

fitting a ring correctly on finger

Make sure that the ring is a perfect fit

How Much Does It Cost to Get a Ring Resized?

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.

Types of Designs Which You Should Not Or Cannot Have Reworks

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.

brian gavin eternity wedding bands

Brian Gavin’s beautiful eternity rings give consumers a strong incentive to stay in shape.

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.

Vendors like Brian Gavin, White Flash and James Allen offer great after-sales services like ring polishing and resizing for free. Besides selling high quality jewelry, they go all out to take care of their customers.

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24 Comments

  1. JK-
    July 5, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Hi, Paul –

    Thank you for your very informative blog/ebooks! I was wondering if you had any information/advice for how to resize your ring to fit a larger stone? Is that easier than purchasing the size stone you want & waiting to fit it in a setting later?

    Thanks!

  2. Paul Gian-
    July 6, 2016 at 3:52 am

    It’s better to buy the loose diamond first and to fit it into a correctly made setting later.

  3. Marlene-
    July 31, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    I recently had several of my rings resized large. After cleaning them in an ultrasound ring cleaner with about 1/16 or less of bleach and a tiny drop of dish soap the bands show exactly where the rings were enlarged. When I picked them up from the goldsmith they looked perfect. Now there is no gold on the resized areas just a dull silver. Opinion please
    .

  4. Paul Gian-
    August 1, 2016 at 1:35 am

    The resizing material or post finishing process may not have been performed well. Bring your rings back to the jeweler and let them take a look at it.

  5. Wendi J Latus-
    February 4, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    I have my mother’s wedding set and before I can wear it I have to have it resized but before I take it anywhere I would kind of like to have and estimate on how much it’s gonna cost she had like a size 5 ring and I need it sized to a 7 so I can wear it so can you please give me a estimate price I’d be looking at thank you so much —— please let me know either way thanks again

  6. Paul Gian-
    February 6, 2017 at 3:44 am

    I’ve edited your post to remove personal identifying details like your address. You can get a quote to change the size of your ring from a local jeweler near you. It’s a relatively easy job (in most cases) and shouldn’t cost much.

  7. Jason-
    March 11, 2017 at 4:16 am

    We had our 18k gold ring re sized. They said they added gold to it . Ever since the ring always losses its shape. Does this have anything to with it being resized incorrectly?

  8. Paul Gian-
    March 11, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    It could be due to poor soldering that might have affected the ring’s integrity.

  9. Phyllis-
    June 22, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    I had my wedding ring and guard resized up 1/4 size, and they suggested soldering it together. Now the guard bands on the sides are not level nor is the under gallery flush, but it fits fine. Should it take it back or leave it alone ?

  10. Paul Gian-
    June 23, 2017 at 1:42 am

    Take it back if you think the soldering job wasn’t done well. From what I think you are describing, it was a sloppy job.

  11. Rukaiyah Ferguson-
    July 18, 2017 at 12:21 am

    I inherited my grandmothers ring and its 4 sizes larger than I need it. A jeweler told me that the ring was previously resized & because it is a platinum blend they would not be able to decrease its size. How can I get a platinum ring resized to a smaller band??

  12. Paul Gian-
    July 18, 2017 at 5:40 am

    Without looking at the ring or having details, I would offer the following advice: bring it to another jeweler and get them to take a look at it.

  13. Brunetta-
    July 22, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Hello , I need to resize a half eternity diamond band from a size 7.5 to a 5. The jeweler told me that it can be done but that my ring would then be an oval shape rather than round. What exactly does this mean ? How would it look and would it affect the diamonds and durability of the ring? Thank-you

  14. Paul Gian-
    July 26, 2017 at 6:06 am

    Eternity rings are extremely hard to resize because the diamond sizes and prongs are made to exact specifications and measurements. Any resizing will be done at the part of the shanks with no diamonds on it. I don’t have your jewelry piece in hand and can’t tell you why or how it may turn out. When in doubt, you should be asking the jeweler who is resizing the ring what the outcome will look like. If need be, get them to sketch or draw it out.

  15. donald kaplan-
    August 12, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    I want to buy a ring but it is way way to small… Is re-sizing even possible given this description?

  16. Paul Gian-
    August 25, 2017 at 8:34 am

    My reply is, why bother to buy a ring that isn’t fitting well in the first place? Save yourself the headache and get one that’s correctly sized since this is a new purchase.

  17. Fern-
    September 9, 2017 at 5:05 am

    I have a coin filigree ring that’s 19.2k. want to resize up from 6.5 to 10.5 is this possible family heirloom

  18. Paul Gian-
    September 9, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Well it depends on the filigree details. In general, I would say that it would not be possible to do so without changing its appearance.

  19. Christina-
    September 14, 2017 at 5:54 am

    Is it possible to have a ring made bigger if it is not made of a precious metal?

  20. Paul Gian-
    September 14, 2017 at 6:33 am

    I don’t see why not and it still depends on many factors like those I listed above.

  21. Laura-
    November 10, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Hi I have recently my engagement ring resized to 2 sizes bigger and now it’s a size to big for me it’s a gold band with diamonds and stones if I get it resized again will this damage the gold band or diamonds
    Thank you

  22. Paul Gian-
    November 10, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Theoretically, if you can upsize it to be larger without affecting the sidestones and diamonds, it shouldn’t be an issue to downsize it. In reality, there could be issues. You should be talking and discussing this with the jeweler who did the job as they can further advice on a piece they worked on.

  23. Gregory Bane-
    November 21, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Hi Paul,

    I’ve received a size X (UK Size) 18ct gold men’s signet ring with a blank face that is 13 mm x 16 mm. However, my finger is much smaller and the ring must be resized to size N (UK Size). I have been to told that it could be downsized or shrunk with the caveat that the face may bend.

    How is a ring “shrunk”? And how drastically do you believe the face might bend?

    Kind regards,
    GB

  24. Paul Gian-
    November 21, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Shrinking a ring or to make it smaller typically involves using a laser welding machine or via mechanical compression. How drastically the face might bend is actually subjective. What I may deem as significant may not be to you and vice versa.

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