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Engagement Ring Resizing: How to Resize a Ring, with Expert Tips from a Jeweler

Get the perfect fit.

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Your fiancé 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 gorgeous new rock is a little off in size, don't worry — engagement ring resizing is common. So, if the ring doesn't fit, it's time to head back to the jeweler to have your ring resized. While the process of is fairly simple, it's not something most people are familiar with unless they've already gone through it. We spoke with Jennifer Gandia, owner of Greenwich Street Jewelers, to find out everything there is to know about getting the perfect engagement ring fit. Read on for answers to the most common questions about ring resizing.

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."

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. Once the process is finished, there will be no evidence 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.

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Make sure to ask the jeweler if you can have the leftover metal he 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 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 jeweler will cut the band and add in an extra piece of metal, which he 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.

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. "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 to resize a ring?

"Resizing a ring usually takes one to two weeks," says Gandia. That 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 the metal used and how complicated and time-consuming the process for your ring 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 more difficult job.

What metals cannot 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 mean time?

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," explains Gandia.

How is a ring supposed to fit?

Your ring 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 every 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," Gandia says.

Where should I go to resize your ring?

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

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

If your ring is very slightly too big, you may notice the stone moves from one side of your finger to another, jeweler's will typically place a sizing assistant in the ring. 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.

What are the options if the ring is unable to be resized and doesn't fit?

In some cases, adding a second, tighter ring can help the 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 a piece but that particular engagement ring doesn't fit. You can talk to a jeweler about remaking the ring in the correct size, and then you'll have your dream ring in the perfect fit.

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