Having to resize your ring may be due to a variety of reasons. You may have gained or lost weight or your partner gauged your size wrongly etc. (Proposing? Here are 5 sneaky ways to figure out her ring size)
Whatever the reason is, resizing is a very common procedure and can be done for most types of rings.
Do check with your jeweller before your purchase if they provide this service - while most of them do, there are some that do not provide this service.
For a start, a ring that fits you properly should feel a little tight to you.
This means it slips on your finger smoothly but comes off with a little friction involved.
You should give it a few days to determine if the tightness is too uncomfortable before heading down to your jeweller for a consult.
Resizing your ring to make it smaller
Your ring can be made smaller depending on the ring metal, thickness of the band and placement of stones.
The process is more straight-forward for simple ring designs with plain bands, while its slightly trickier if it has ornate details like an eternity band.
The jeweller will usually cut out a small portion of the band and join the ends back together again with soldering. The ring is also polished to give it a smooth finish.
Alternatively, you can opt for a ring size adjuster/ring overlays – temporary solutions in the event that you might just be going through a period of weight fluctuation.
Resizing your ring to make it bigger
There are generally two methods to enlarge your ring.
1 – Stretching
If you just need a slight modification of a maximum of a half size larger, then your jeweller will use this method of stretching the existing ring shank.
This is done by pulling it apart and elongating it.
It is considerably more affordable, but most jewellers would advise against this method as it weakens your ring and changes the way it looks.
2 – Adding extra metal
This method involves cutting the band and adding a bridge by soldering in extra metal.
If you don’t want to risk too much damage to your ring, then we’d suggest going with this method even though it’s costlier.
How to check if my ring has been resized properly
A good resizing job should show no visible details that the ring has been altered, as well as no visible damage to its structure. There should be no dents or depressions in the seams.
Do note that the ring will be weaker at the joint. If your jeweller used a different metal alloy, a fine line at the joint might be visible as well.
Cost and time needed
Both cost and time-frame varies from ring to ring. There’s no one size fits all market rate. Your best bet would be to check with a reputable and experienced jeweller!