Resizing rings allows you to make a ring larger or smaller so that it fits your finger.
Finding the perfect engagement ring only to find that it isn’t the correct ring size can be devastating. Resizing the engagement ring can be an absolute lifesaver.
But, not every kind of ring can be resized. This article will cover everything about the resizing process, including when resizing is possible and when it isn’t.
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How does resizing work?
Resizing a ring is relatively simple for a professional jeweler, depending on the metal. Generally, by resizing a ring, a jeweler can increase or decrease the ring size by two sizes.
To make a ring smaller, the jeweler will cut out a small section of the ring and bend it back into a circle. Then, they’ll simply solder the two edges back together. Once the resizing process is finished, you won’t be able to tell that anything has happened.
If you want the jeweler to increase the size of the ring, the process is a bit more complicated. The jeweler will either stretch the ring metal (only up to half a size larger) or cut the ring, then add extra metal to fill the gap.
If adding an extra piece of metal, they’ll solder it in and polish the ring. Once the process is finalized, you won’t be able to tell the difference.
Titanium and tungsten rings are tough and durable but also very brittle. This means that resizing them is either very difficult or impossible. Keep this in mind if you’re looking to buy a ring made out of either of these metals.
Also, keep in mind that white gold can be more expensive to resize. This is because white gold has external rhodium plating that gives the white gold ring its gorgeous white color. The rhodium plating will have to be reapplied after resizing, making the process more expensive than for other kinds of metal.
Ring resizing also depends on the type of ring. The simpler the band is, the easier resizing will be. More complicated ring designs may make resizing the ring much harder. For instance, if you have an ornate engagement ring with an intricate setting, resizing may require resetting the stones. There also needs to be enough room on the ring.
While it's not always possible to avoid resizing (if you are gifted a wrongly-sized ring, for instance), there are steps you can take to avoid having to resize any ring you buy.
This involves measuring your ring finger (whichever finger you want the ring to sit on) to have it sized accurately. Ring sizing can be done very easily. Basically, you want the ring to fit snugly so that it won’t fall off during the day.
You can use a ring sizer to measure your finger size. This is a small tool that fits around your finger and can be made larger or smaller. The ring sizer has measurements marked along it that tell you your ring size.
An alternative to resizing is to wear another ring that’s your finger size in front of the larger ring. This way, the tighter ring will hold the larger ring in place. This can work well with a simple wedding band and a more extravagant engagement ring, for example.
Another alternative is to buy a ring guard. A ring guard can either be a simple wedding ring, as above, or a little piece of plastic that attaches beneath your ring to keep it from moving around on your finger.
A last resort option is to go to an expert jeweler and have them remake the ring in your ring size.
Make sure you work out your ring size well the first time to avoid resizing your ring. Going through the ring sizing process correctly once will save you money and headaches later when it comes to resizing your rings.
But, if you can’t avoid resizing your ring, first consider the ring metal. If resizing is possible with that metal—like with yellow gold, white gold, sterling silver, and platinum—then you’re in the green. Then, make sure that the setting and ring itself can handle resizing. The ring has to have enough metal present for resizing to be possible.
At the end of the day, if you really like the ring (for instance, if it’s an engagement ring or wedding band), then you’re going to want to be able to wear it. Resizing rings can be a headache, but we hope this article has given you everything you need to know.