Resizing the Ring Tips

There may be occasions when your ring may need to be resized. Depending on the type of ring, and how many sizes, up or down, the ring must be sized, the task can range from simple to difficult to impossible. Here are a few tips, guidelines and pitfalls to avoid when it comes time to resize your ring. 

Easy Rings

Classic Diamond Solitaire

Classic Diamond Solitaire

Rings with plain bands (with no side stones or carved patterns), such as a classic diamond solitaire, are in general, easily resized.

If the ring only needs to be increased or decreased by a small amount, a trained jeweler with the right equipment can perform the task without cutting the band. This is accomplished by heating and gently stretching the ring to the desired size, or by compressing the band in the case of making it smaller. The final ring will be slightly thinner or thicker depending on whether you are increasing or decreasing the bands size.

A skilled jeweler, with the right equipment, can resize the band one or two sizes without leaving any detectable signs of the modifications.

Difficult Rings

Micro Pave Engagement Ring

Micro Pave Engagement Ring

Rings with side stones, such as pave or channel designs are more difficult; however in the hands of a skilled jeweler, they too can be resized.

Depending on the ring’s design, the ring can be resized up to about two sizes without the jeweler needing to reset the stones. A half-size change is usually easily achievable.

Often after resizing a pave setting ring, a skilled quality jeweler then will go over the entire ring and tighten every stone to ensure that if they were loosened during the resizing process that they will not fall out.

Impossible Rings

Tension Set Engagement Ring

Tension Set Engagement Ring

Rings with stones that extend all around the band, such as eternity bands, may not be cost-effective to resize. It is usually cheaper to simply purchase a new band. For this reason, you should only buy a full eternity ring if it can be made to fit your exact finger size. Which is why it is often better to purchase a 3/4 eternity band with gemstones going 3/4 of the way around the ring.

Rings with engraved/carved patterns that encircle the band often cannot be resized. However, depending upon the design and the skill of the jeweler, the band might be able to be resized up to one size difference, without any visible distortions in the pattern.

Titanium and tungsten are very strong metals and rings made from these metals are usually not able to be resized.

Depending on the design, Tension set rings are also usually not able to be resized, as the resizing process can remove the tension effect from the metal.

Cutting the Ring

Sometimes it is necessary to cut the band if there is a substantial change in size.

If the ring is platinum make sure the jeweler knows how to work with platinum and will not use a “white gold” insert instead of a platinum insert. Furthermore, make sure they use a laser welder. Expect to pay a littler more to resize platinum as it is more expensive and more difficult to work with.

How much will it cost?

For a basic ring resizing a price in the range of $35-$90 is usual. More important than price is to find a skilled jeweler. Don’t expect quality work from a “one-hour wait” store.

A white gold ring will usually need to be re-plated with rhodium, which may be an extra charge.