April 02, 2019

If the Ring Fits - Sizing the Ring

If the ring fits, wear it, right? But what if it doesn’t fit? We say resize that beauty before it falls into a wine press, or worse. Conversely, if the ring won’t even go over your pinky knuckle, resize it, unless you decide to rock it on a necklace instead.


Sometimes finger sizes fluctuate with changing seasons, pregnancy, mercury rising or falling, sodium consumption, and weight loss or gain. So before resizing, decide if the finger size change is temporary or permanent.

How do I know if my ring is the right size?

Your ring should slip over your knuckle when putting it on, but not easily slip off when removing it. And it should stay in place when you shake your hand. If it feels too tight after wearing it a few days, resizing it will relieve the pressure. 

Some bands are narrow, some wide, some curved. To determine your correct ring size, your jeweler should use the same type of band as your ring to measure your finger, ’cause it’ll make a difference as to how the ring fits after resizing.

What if my ring basically fits, but still slides around my finger?

If your center stone is heavy, we’re trying really hard to feel your pain. But if it’s a problem, your jeweler can insert metal sizing beads into the interior of the ring. This will decrease the shank about a quarter-size, anchoring the ring on your finger so it stops sliding around. Ask your jeweler if you can try on a ring with metal sizing beads, though, so you know how it feels before committing. It can be challenging to get used to.

Can my ring be resized?

We hate to be a downer, but while some rings can be resized, non-metal materials, such as wood, glass or quartz can’t be. Rose-gold can crack, tungsten carbide is too hard, titanium and stainless-steel are both too difficult. Tension-set rings may be compromised and end up with the center stone misaligned. If your ring has special embellishments on the band, such as diamonds, engraving, motifs, patterns, or other special metalwork, it probably can be resized, but it will take much longer than a simple solitaire setting.

How many sizes can my ring be adjusted?

Your ring can be resized a maximum of two full sizes, either up or down. Durability of the ring will be sacrificed if you go exceed that threshold. If your ring has multiple stones, resizing shouldn’t exceed one-and-a-half sizes. Otherwise the stones may no longer be secure.

What is the process for resizing a ring?

For resizing a ring either up or down, the steps are basically the same. The band is cut with a very fine jewelry saw-blade to remove or add metal before it’s dipped in a special solution to prevent oxidization. With the diamond(s) submerged in water to keep it cool, the band is soldered back together under very high heat. The band is then filed and sanded multiple times to restore its smooth, lustrous surface, making the alteration completely invisible. If the ring has multiple stones, the jewels might have to be repositioned on the band to retain the balance and beauty of its original design.

Will resizing my ring sacrifice its durability?

The durability of your ring will only sacrificed if it’s resized multiple times, which is why most jewelers offer only one complimentary ring resizing. Always, always, always have a professional jeweler resize your ring, preferably the original jeweler. They know your ring better than anyone else.

What are the risks to having my ring resized?

While a single resize isn’t considered a risk, keep in mind the weakest point of the band is where it was cut and soldered, which is usually the bottom of the band where it also takes the most abuse. But if the ring is resized properly, there won’t be a dent or thinness where it was cut. It will look normal, flat and polished. If that isn’t the case, have your jeweler fix it immediately to restore its integrity.

How long will resizing take?

Resizing your ring will take anywhere from one day for a simple solitaire setting, up to two weeks, or more, for a ring with special embellishments on the band. Resizing an embellished ring is a more complicated process. If your ring has diamonds on the shoulder, make sure your jeweler knows how to resize it, or whether the ring should be completely remade so you don’t forfeit any of those lovely diamonds.

How much will it cost?

If the original jeweler offers a free ring sizing, your cost is zero. Zero is great. Otherwise, several factors play into the cost. Expect anywhere from $40 to $300, and up, depending on the metal and complexity of the ring's design.

If I can’t get my ring resized right away, what other options are there?

Your jeweler can add a ring-guard to the bottom of the ring if it’s too big. Don’t keep the ring-guard on very long, though, as it can damage the band over time. And if the ring is too small, sporting that rock on a necklace is a great temporary option.

What if my ring can’t be resized?

Sometimes wearing a smaller ring on top of a larger ring will prevent the larger ring from falling off. Too small? Rock it on a necklace, until the ring can be remade. Yes, remade. 

Finally, if your ring needs to be resized, find a reputable, professional jeweler to do the work. We don’t want you to be separated from your lovely treasure any longer than absolutely necessary.

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