Your fiancé put a lot of time and effort into picking out the perfect engagement ring and probably did his best to figure out your size, from having a pal take you ring shopping to snooping in your jewelry drawer for a bauble you wear all the time to bring with him to the jeweler. But what if that ring he grabbed as an example fits your thumb or he seriously underestimated your size? It's time to head back to the jeweler to have your ring resized. The process isn't scary, but it's one you may not be familiar with. To give us the 411, we spoke with Jennifer Gandia, owner of Greenwich Street Jewelers. Here's what you need to know!
What makes a ring resizable?
"For a ring to be resized, it needs to be made of a metal that a jeweler can work with, such as silver, gold, or platinum," says Gandia. "There also needs to be enough room on the ring for the actual work to be done." Is your sparkler set in a full eternity band? "Unfortunately, eternity bands usually cannot be sized," Gandia explains, because the stones set in the band mean there's no 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. Depending on the design, resizing may not be possible."
How long does it take?
"Resizing a ring usually takes one to two weeks," says Gandia. That means you'll have it back on your finger in no time!
What about temporary fixes?
If you can't have your ring resized right away, your jeweler may add a ring guard to make it a little more snug. It's a bar that clips across the bottom of your ring, but it should be used for only a short amount of time. "A ring guard can damage the band over time," advises Gandia.
Are there any solutions for more subtle fit issues?
"On occasion, a ring may need a sizing assistant in the form of a bar or two small beads added to the interior of the ring," Gandia describes. "These will decrease the ring by approximately a quarter size, but they're more often used to address issues like the swinging of a top-heavy and large diamond ring. The beads will anchor the ring against your finger so the diamond will stay put."
When should you definitely resize a ring? What if you're not sure?
"A ring should be resized any time it is uncomfortably too small. It should also be sized if it slips off with no resistance at all, which means it is too big," Gandia recommends. "If the center stone swings around loosely, talk to your jeweler about adding a sizing assistant. The proper fit is critical to your comfort and is also important for the care of your ring." After all, if it's slipping off, you'll risk damaging (or even losing!) the piece.
What are the options if the ring is unable to be resized and doesn't fit?
"See if you can have the ring remade in your correct size. If the same ring can't be resized, there's nothing else you can do," says Gandia.