Your fiancé has put a lot of time and effort into picking
out the perfect engagement ring and while he probably did his best to figure
out your size, he might have miscalculated. If your ring is a little off size,
don’t worry, engagement ring resizing is very common. Make an appointment with
your jewellers where you bought it to have your ring resized. While the process
is fairly simple, it is not something most people are familiar with unless they
have already gone through it before.
How do you know if your engagement ring is too big?
Your ring should fit snug around the base of your finger
without any bulging or leaving indent marks. To see if it fits right, push your
ring up from the underneath and see if there is a small space between your ring
and your finger. This means there is enough room. It should slide on easily but
you should have to pull a little to get it off.
If your ring is uncomfortably tight, you should get the ring made larger. It should also be sized if it slips off with no resistance at all which means it is too big.
For a ring to be resized, it needs to be made of a metal
that a jeweller can work with like silver, gold or platinum. There also needs
to be enough room on the ring for the actual work to be done.
Can eternity bands be resized?
If your sparkler is set in a full eternity band, it cannot
really be resized because the stones are set all the way around the band, there
is no bare metal to work with. Also, if your ring needs to go up or down more
than two sizes, there can be significant stress put on the ring.
Resizing a ring usually takes one or two weeks so you will
have it back on your finger in no time!
How much does it cost to resize a ring?
The price will depend largely on the metal used and how
complicated and time consuming the process for your ring will be. The cost can
be anything from €20-€50 for a simple resizing or much more should the job be
How does a jeweller resize a ring to be smaller?
To make a ring smaller, the jeweller will cut out a piece of
the band, form it back into a perfect circle and then solder it back together.
The jeweller will then clean and polish it. Once the process is finished, there
will be no evidence the ring was ever cut. It will look exactly the same but
will fit more snug on your finger. The simpler the band the easier the process
How does a jeweller resize a ring to be larger?
Making a ring larger can be more complicated than making it smaller. It entails the jeweller stretching out the metal and this can only be done up to half a size larger. If you need it to be larger than that, the jeweller will cut the band and add in an extra piece of metal, which will then be soldered, cleaned off and polished. Simple bands are easier to make larger in comparison if your ring has channel settings it might be necessary to rearrange the stones during the process of resizing your ring.
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Some metals cannot be resized so If your ring is made of
tungsten, it cannot be resized because it is too hard. If it’s made of rose gold,
it cannot be resized because it can crack and some jewellers will avoid
resizing titanium because it is very difficult to resize.
If you cannot make it to the jewellers right away, your
jewellers may add a ring guard to make it a little snugger. It’s a bar that
clips across the bottom of your ring but it should be used for only a short
amount of time as it can damage the band over time.
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