Do You Wear Rings?
Silly question, what woman reading this doesn’t—chances are you’ve had a little ring sizing experience. Unlike shoes and tires, rings in jewelry stores typically don’t come in assorted sizes—at least not rings in Santa Barbara.
If the one-of-a-kind ring in the display case you’ve always wanted is a size 5 and you’re a size 7…you’re going to have to size that ring. No two ways about it.
The Two Methods for Sizing Your Ring Larger
2. Adding a bridge of gold
The Full Description
Let’s start with the size 5, dream ring you just bought. You’re a size 7 and the ring will have to be sized up.
Let’s talk about #1, Stretching. This is going to be a short talk. I don’t recommend this technique! It makes the shank thinner and weakens the overall integrity of your ring. You know how a rubber band looks when you pull it apart? Now imagine that being done to your ring.
Let’s talk about #2, adding a bridge of gold. This is done by cutting the bottom of the shank, pulling the two sides apart, build a bridge of new gold the size needed and then solder it in preserving the thickness at the base of the ring where it is so needed.
Sizing Your Ring Smaller
Sizing a ring down is similar. The proper length of gold is cut from the bottom of the shank and the two sides are joined together and soldered closed.
Ten Reasons Ring Sizing May Cost More to Size
1. Channel Set Gems May Become Unaligned When the Ring is Bent into a New Shape
2. Prongs May Get Compressed or Too Spread Out During Sizing
3. Your Ring Has Inlaid Stones
4. Your Pearls Have to Be Removed Before any Heat Can be Applied to Your Ring
5. You Have Opals, Emeralds or Other Temperature Sensitive Gems
7. You Have a Very Thick Ring
8. Your Ring Needs to Be Sized More than Two Sizes Either Way
9. Your Ring is so Thin That it Bends Easily
10. You Have a Ring with Shared Prongs
Pick a Jeweler Who Really Cares About Your Ring
If you have an older or worn ring and the jeweler says, “Just get a new one, this one’s just finished,” you may want to look for another jeweler.
If your ring has special meaning that you want to honor, you should have a jeweler who respects that and has the skill to add to the long life of your cherished ring.
Pick a Jeweler Who Has the Skills to Deal with Challenges
Each of the above challenges comes with ways to work around them, like low heat laser ring sizing, gemstone setting skills and hand engraving skills.
There’s no shame in a jeweler not having all those skills, just don’t give your ring over to a jeweler who doesn’t have the know how to re-size your ring and return it in great condition.
How You Can Make Sure That Your Gems Are Safe After Re-Sizing
Whether the ring is being sized up and the shank is pulled apart or the ring is being sized down and the two sides of the shank are joined together, the gemstone settings at the top and on the sides of the ring can become compromised.
This is especially true for channel set gems. The internal angles of the channel can change and shift slightly when the shank is modified, thus upsetting its ability to hold its gems securely in place. This means that you should always examine all the gems and settings of a ring that’s been sized.
Try moving the stones with your fingernail or a toothpick. Obviously, they shouldn’t move. If any of them do, send the ring back for adjustments right away.
Check the Thickness of Your Ring at the Bottom After Sizing
Make sure the bottom part of your ring is nice and thick, too, so it conforms to the rest of the shank. Too often, I’ve seen thin and narrow sections of shanks due to improper sizing technique.
Where’s the Master Price List for Ring Sizing?
I get called regularly with the question, “How much to size my wedding ring?” Personally I want to see it first.
Your ring’s condition is a part of the cost of sizing. Just like when you take your car in because it’s pulling left and in a general check they find out your brake pads are just about worn out, a jeweler can see things that may need to be dealt with.
You may be hoping for a simple $50.00 sizing and discover one of your prongs has broken off and now your repair bill is going to be $110.00. Happily you didn’t lose your diamond.
There is no master price list for ring sizing. I actually tried to make one for internal use. It ended up being pretty useless so I just bid each ring as it comes.
Excellent Ring Sizing is the Best Value Regardless of the Cost
Get a good jeweler who loves and cares for your rings, because sizing is a fact of life. Did you know that your knuckles never stop growing? I know, weird huh?
If you’d like to see some examples of rings I’ve sized, and what the cost was, check out my other ring sizing posts:
May your rings always be the right size!
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