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What You Need To Know About Resizing Your Engagement Ring 

Nov 17, 2021

Your partner got you the perfect ring. It’s gorgeous, you can’t wait to wear it every single day of your life, except for one thing: it doesn’t quite fit. Not to worry!  Whether your ring is too big or too small, resizing rings is a common practice and it’s one we know all too well. 

Here’s everything you need to know about ring resizing, how to find the perfect fit, and more:

How should an engagement ring fit?

Your ring should fit snugly but comfortably. If it’s slipping off with no resistance at all, that’s a problem. If it’s so tight that you can’t feel the bottom half of your finger, that’s also an issue. The perfect ring fit is one that slides on easily but requires a little pulling to get it off.

There’s one caveat to this rule: your ring may not fit perfectly 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In the summer, your fingers might swell which might make your engagement ring feel tighter. Whereas in the winter, your fingers might contract, making it easier for your ring to come off. Weight loss or gain can also cause a change in your ring’s fit. What we’re really looking for when it comes to gauging a ring’s fit is how it feels day-to-day. If you’re experiencing challenges with your ring fit daily, then it’s time to get it resized.

Yellow gold engagement and wedding band set

Options for Resizing Your Engagement Ring

If you are wondering whether you should get your ring resized or want to learn what your options are, the good news is we’re here to help.

We’re jewelers, so of course we’ll recommend that you come straight to us to resize your ring. That way, we can assess what the issue is and help determine what the best solution is for you.

If your engagement ring is just a tad too big or the stone keeps moving from one side of the finger to the other, there are a couple options that can help make your ring fit better without completely resizing it. The first option is placing a sizing assistant in the ring to keep it in place. Sizing assistants usually take the shape of a bar or two small beads that help anchor the ring against your finger. Another option is a ring guard, which is a bar that clips across the bottom of the ring. However, these can damage the band if used for a long period of time, which is why we’ll only recommend these as a temporary solution if you need to hold off on getting your ring resized.

On the other hand, if your ring is way too big or too small, resizing it is going to be your best option. Our team will work with you to determine your ideal ring size and will provide recommendations for increasing or decreasing the size as needed.

Silver engagement ring with center stone with a decorative setting

How are rings resized?

During the resizing process, in order to make the ring smaller, we’ll cut out a piece of the band, form it back into a circle, then solder it back together. After a thorough cleaning and polish, you won’t even know the difference! 

To make a ring larger is a tad bit more complicated. Making your ring size bigger requires stretching the metal and can only be done up to a half size larger. If you need to go bigger than that, we’ll cut the band, add an extra piece of metal, which we will then solder, clean, and polish.

How long does resizing a ring take? And how much does resizing cost?

Whether you are making your ring bigger or smaller, the simpler the band, the easier it will be to resize. Similarly, the more complex the ring, the more complicated the process. The resizing process typically takes between 1-2 weeks, and the price is dependent on what the ring is made of and how detailed the design is.

For example, a ring with an eternity band is much harder to resize simply because of all the stones that require rearranging. A ring made of rose metal gold is more likely to crack, whereas one made of tungsten is too difficult to work with. We’ll always tell you if resizing isn’t an option for your ring. Fortunately, we’re able to resize more often than not.

What are my options if my ring can’t be resized?

If a ring really can’t be resized, we can work with you to create a custom design based on your existing ring that accounts for the changes in sizing needed. We know how special your engagement ring is, our team of experts can help create a similar design, using the materials you already have, to make it fit as amazing as it looks!

At the end of the day, the most important thing is your comfort. We want you to be able to show your gorgeous ring off without fear of losing it or the dreaded ring muffin top. If your engagement ring doesn’t fit perfectly, we’d be delighted to help. Get in touch with a ring resizing expert by filling out the form here or give us a call at 410-837-0290 to get started today!

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