Engagement Ring Resizing: How to Resize a Ring, Plus a Few Expert Tips

Don't worry, you'll get the perfect fit!

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Your significant other put a whole lot of time and effort into picking out the perfect engagement ring, and while they probably did their best to figure out your ring size, there's always a chance they might have miscalculated. If your gorgeous new rock is a little off in size, don't worry! Engagement ring resizing is quite common. If the ring doesn't fit, it's time to head back to the jeweler to have your ring resized.

While the process is fairly simple, it's not something most people are familiar with—unless, of course, they've already gone through it. We spoke with expert Jennifer Gandia to find out everything there is to know about getting the perfect engagement ring fit.

Meet the Expert

Jennifer Gandia is the owner of Greenwich St. Jewelers.

Read on for answers to the most common questions about ring resizing.

Engagement Ring Resizing
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First of all, how is a ring supposed to fit?

Your engagement ring—and your wedding band, too—should fit snugly but comfortably. It should slide on easily, but you should have to pull a little to get it off. It your ring is uncomfortably tight, you should look into getting the ring made larger. "It should also be sized if it slips off with no resistance at all, which means it is too big," Gandia says.

What can I do if the ring mostly fits, but slips from side to side?

If your ring is just slightly too big, or you notice the stone moves from one side of your finger to another, jewelers can typically place a sizing assistant in the ring to keep it in place. A sizing assistant is a bar or two small beads that are added to the interior of the ring. "Sizing assistants will decrease the ring by approximately a quarter of a 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," explains Gandia.

How much smaller (or larger) can a jeweler make my ring?

Typically, rings can be increased or decreased up to two sizes. Beyond that, it can put too much stress on the ring.

How does a jeweler resize a ring to be smaller?

To make a ring smaller, the jeweler will cut out a piece of the band, form it back into a perfect circle, and then solder it back together. Then the jeweler will clean it off and polish it. Don't worry: Once the process is finished, there will be no evidence that the ring was ever cut. It will look exactly the same, but it will fit more snugly. The simpler the band, the easier this process will be.

Make sure to ask the jeweler if you can have the leftover metal they cut from your ring. It's called the "cutout" and it's good to hold on to it in case you need to have your ring made larger in the future.

How does a jeweler resize a ring to be larger?

Making a ring larger is a more complicated process than making it smaller. It entails the jeweler stretching the metal, and this can only be done up to half a size larger. If you need it to be larger than that, the jeweler will cut the band and add in an extra piece of metal, which they will then solder, clean and polish. As with making a ring smaller, simple bands are easier to make larger. For example, if your ring has channel settings, it might be necessary to rearrange the stones during the process of resizing the ring.

What kind of rings can be resized?

"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."

Can eternity bands be resized?

If your sparkler is set in a full eternity band, it can't really be resized. Because the stones are set all the way around the band, there's no bare metal to work with. "Depending on the design, resizing may not be possible," says Gandia.

How long does it take to resize a ring?

"Resizing a ring usually takes one to two weeks," says Gandia. Which means, you'll have it back on your finger in no time!

How much does it cost to resize a ring?

The price will depend largely on what the ring's made of and how complicated and time-consuming the process will be. The cost can be as low as $20 for a simple resizing or all the way up to hundreds of dollars for a difficult job.

What metals can't be resized?

  • Tungsten cannot be resized because it is too hard.
  • Rose gold cannot be resized because it can crack.
  • Some jewelers will avoid resizing titanium, as well, because it is very difficult to resize.

If I can't make it into a jeweler right away, what can I do to make the ring fit better in the meantime?

If you can't have your ring resized until a future date, 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. "Over time, a ring guard can damage the band," explains Gandia.

Where should I go to resize a ring?

Going back to your original jeweler is always a good option. You can also ask for referrals from friends or family. The bottom line: It's important to find a reputable jeweler you can trust with your engagement ring. Ask to see some of their previous work, and check their reviews online, as well.

What are my options if the ring is unable to be resized?

In some cases, adding a second, tighter ring can help a ring that is too loose (but can't be resized) stay in place. Other than that, there's one last resort if you're in love with your engagement ring but it can't be resized. You can talk to a jeweler about remaking the ring in the correct size, and then you'll have your dream ring and the perfect fit!

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