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Ring Sizing Explained – What do You Pay More For and Why?

By Calla Gold

Diamond and Tanzanite Ring

It’s Your Dream Ring, But it Doesn’t Fit!

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 

1. Stretching

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.

Tool to stretch rings

Ring Stretcher, I do not Own One of These

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

Inlay opal needs a fix

Sizing Inlaid Rings Can Knock Out the Inlaid Stones

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

6. Your Engraving Needs to Be Replicated and Put Back on After Sizing

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

Shared Prongs-Bad

Shared Prongs can Release the Diamonds When the Ring is Sized Smaller

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

A Bridge of Same Thickness Gold or Platinum is Built to Add in Sizing Rings Larger

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:

The Cost of Sizing a Ring Smaller
The Cost of Sizing a Ring Larger
Why Sizing Your Pearl Ring Costs More
How Much Does it Cost to Size My Ring Platinum and White Gold
How Much Does it Cost to Size my Ring – Gold and Silver

June 16 2014 – Update

Platinum wedding set

This is an Ideal Looking Finger Fit

Don’t Pay Twice Because You Don’t Get the Right Size the First Time

I’ve edited this in later, because I know many people who have paid twice to have their rings re-sized. Read my post on measuring for your finger size properly. It talks about what is your comfortable fit feel and if that is safe or just too loose.

I also talk about the tools of sizing, because having the wrong ring sizing tool for the job can lead to a incorrect size. Read my blog about figuring out your finger size.

May your rings always be the right size!

Calla Gold
Ring Sizing Jeweler

PS: For more on ring sizing, check out my post on, weight gain and sizing your rings, and how laser soldering sizes unfixable rings.

 

 

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53 Responses to “Ring Sizing Explained – What do You Pay More For and Why?”

KymberlyFunFit August 22nd, 2012 at 6:47 am


I had not considered all these ramifications of getting a ring sized. Of course the solutions that come to mind are 1) get the right sized ring in the first place and 2) get a custom made ring as it will then be both the right size and exactly what you want. Cuz, yikes, I’d hate to have a stone fall out or my ring be compromised. Thanks for the tips, Calla!

Calla Gold August 22nd, 2012 at 8:09 am


Hi Kymberly,
Thanks for your response. There are some silver rings that are offered in your size, even sizes only, for popular styles. I’d say 80% of the rings I sell need to be sized at a guess. Most of them are simple sizings. But there are always the challenges.
Why do I like challenging ring sizing so much? I guess it’s fun to be the hero jeweler who sizes that impossible or difficult ring.
You’re right that having a ring custom made in your size is the best all the way around!
Calla Gold Jeweler

Dr. Lynn K. Jones September 9th, 2012 at 11:25 am


I’m sure many of us come in with the idea that sizing is an easy task and you just move some things around and viola! Thanks for breaking down the steps of measuring for a correct finger size. I would probably be hesitant to size any inlaid piece–unless it was Calla Gold Jewelry doing it!
Lynn

Calla Gold September 10th, 2012 at 7:26 am


Lynn,
Thanks for popping by and giving me feedback on my ring sizing post.
Calla Gold

Janet April 24th, 2013 at 3:46 pm


I just paid 300.00 dollars to get my wedding ring resized. It sounded expensive but I haven’t been able to wear it and it’s getting sized up. Was that over priced?
Janet

Calla Gold April 24th, 2013 at 8:05 pm


Hello Janet,
That does sound high to me.
Calla Gold

JY April 25th, 2013 at 11:18 am


I already paid it and feel extremely stupid. what is the average pricing of sizing a ring up?

Calla Gold April 26th, 2013 at 6:50 am


Hi Janet,
The good news is that you can wear your wedding ring. There are reasons it could have cost a lot. But $300.00 is out of my charge range for a sizing.
To size a 14kt white gold engagement ring with all diamonds on top in prongs, in other words no extra work because of heat sensitive gemstones or weird settings to work around, with no engraving to re-do after sizing, sizing up one size I’d expect to charge $40 – $60.
There are factors that can add to the cost. I had a client who bought the engagement ring at a pawn shop. It was very thin at the back and a size 6. She was a size 9. I had to re-build the shank thicker and put on a whole new shank in the bigger size. That was around $250. It was white gold.
Platinum does cost more to be worked whether sizing or soldering.
Calla Gold

Katherine October 17th, 2013 at 3:12 pm


My wedding ring was made by a designer–18k gold but no stones, with a beautiful knot of gold on the top. The finish was a combination of matte gold and semi-polished gold. I had it sized down at a local jeweler, since the designer lives in Canada and I live in NYC. When I picked it up I hardly recognized the ring. It looked like it had been polished, which ruined the character and artistry of the original design.
The jeweler said it had not been polished, that when gold is heated the finish “wears off.” He is now “repairing” the finish, using a photo of the original ring, but I’m afraid it will never be the same.

Is what he told me about heating gold true? Should I cancel the “repair” and send it back to the designer?

I would greatly appreciate your quick response. Thank you.

Calla Gold October 18th, 2013 at 6:50 am


Dear Katherine,
Your situation is one that has occurred before. When sizing a ring is done, the area around the sizing has to be polished as the gold finish is messed up by the heat of solder. To get technical, the soldering heat shouldn’t effect more than a one inch-ish area. Whatever matte, satin finish, engraving or hammering finish is near the sizing has to get polished. Usually it then doesn’t match the rest of the finish. That’s when a jeweler proves their mettle. When we size engraved rings we have our hand engraver re-engrave the area. When there is a special finish we then work to replicate it.
My guess is that the jeweler did the normal polishing in the area of the sizing and kept going while in a daze? If he is competent and has a photo guide, he may be able to bring your finish back. However if your Canadian jeweler uses a proprietary finish with steps uncommon to jewelers, the finish could be difficult to replicate.
Some finishes are created with a fiberglass wheel, some with steel wool and some with sandblasting or a combination of the techniques. You might reach out to the Canadian designer and ask if he/she would give technical guidance to your local jeweler to replicate the finish.
If you do this and your jeweler is successful then you’ll be able to have your local jeweler touch up your special finish and keep your ring unique. Your finish will wear off in time with normal wear and you’ll want to be able to re-do it as a normal maintenence.
Special finishes are not the expertise of all jewelers, so if your local jeweler is not able to do this, look farther afield to find a good jeweler for the future maintenance of your special ring.

nancy November 13th, 2013 at 8:56 am


I have a Michael Beaudry platinum set that needs to be re-sized what should I expect to pay?..scared it may be insane.

Calla Gold November 13th, 2013 at 9:07 am


Hi Nancy,
Since I can’t see your ring, I’ll just say for a simple size up, say one size larger, depending on the thickness of your ring, the cost of sizing each ring could be $80.00 to $150.00.
If there are heat sensitive gemstones or complicated setting details that would be added. If you are sizing more than one size larger that can add to the cost.
If you are sizing for example one size smaller it might be in the $60.00 to $90.00 range.
If your ring is particularly wide or thick, that will add significantly to your sizing cost.
I hope this helped.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

Alejandra November 24th, 2013 at 9:27 pm


Hello there, Calla!
I find your information very useful as I’ve been engaged for about 2 months now and I still have doubts about getting my ring resized. I’ve been wearing a snuggie and a another ring on the exterior part of my finger where I have my engagement ring on (just to keep it safe). My ring is a size 7 and I wear a size 5. I’ve been asking different jewelrers about resizing my ring. My biggest concern are the diamonds. I would hate for one to fall off. Many of the jewelers I’ve talked to said that there is a possibility for the side stones to come loose, but that they could be resized two sizes smaller or bigger, without a problem and without the risk of the diamonds becoming loose. What is your opinion about that? Your response would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Calla Gold November 25th, 2013 at 9:07 am


Hello Alejandra,
Your concern is real. Without seeing how your side diamonds are set I can’t give exact advice. I will mention that if your side diamonds have shared prongs that they are more likely to pop out sometime after sizing. See my blog post with pictures of a shared prong setting:
http://www.callagold.com/jewelry-repair/wedding-ring-buyer-beware-seven-things-to-do-to-protect-yourself/
Rings are supposed to be designed to allow for the predictable future need to size.
Some designers plan ahead better than others. Some designs are easier to re-size than others.
If you could email me a few close up and different direction images of your ring, I’d be happy to give a further opinion. Email me at callagold@gmail.com as that’s my best email to recieve images from someone who has never emailed me before. I will respond. Know that if you get no response the email didn’t reach me.
I personally believe that a too large ring is at risk of diamonds falling out anyway, as it can slip around the finger and expose the diamonds to being underneath when you grasp a doorknob or your steering wheel. This could bend a prong or cause other problems.
I’ve noticed as well that my clients who wear too loose rings risk having the ring shank go out of round. When it looses the integrity of its designed in shape that poses a risk for your set diamonds as well.
Ultimately your ring needs to be sized properly.
Do send me images.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

Andy December 5th, 2013 at 8:42 am


I just had a ring sized down from an size 8 to a 7. It was a bushed, white gold, flat on the inside and out. Also, was 10K gold. What I received back was polished, concave on the inside and out. Doesn’t even look the same! Clearly I am disappointed, but they said it was due to the compression method used to achieve this. What is your opinion of this, I don’t feel this is even the same ring!

Calla Gold December 5th, 2013 at 9:34 am


Dear Andy,
First in case you are curious what is meant by compression method ring down-sizing, here is a link from Ganoskin. Scroll down to “sizing down plain bands.” Link:
http://www.ganoksin.com/borisat/nenam/ring_sizes.htm
That will explain the method. I do not use this method. Evidently they polished the ring after wards. Or they lost or ruined your ring and gave you another one.
The part I don’t get is how a flat ring becomes concave on top and bottom. I’d guess it’s not pleasant to wear in that each time you wash your hands the water stays underneath and traps moisture on your finger.
Something sounds distinctly weird about this sizing.
If I were sizing your ring I would have cut it, removed a tiny piece and soldered it back together, re-polished it and then reapplied the brushed finish. And finished it with rhodium plating to give your white gold that brand new popping white color.
Just thought that might give you a fuller response to your question.
By the way was your ring hollow construction?
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla Gold

Andy December 5th, 2013 at 10:04 am


Hi Calla,
Thanks for the response. It wasn’t a hollow construction. And I should clarify – I meant to say “convex” as opposed to “concave”. So the inside now has a comfort fit – but it didn’t before. The ourside now isn’t flat anymore. That’s the biggest issue I have it that sizing shouldn’t change the shape.
I suspect they either lost my ring or I have someone else’s!
Thanks again!

Andy

Calla Gold December 5th, 2013 at 11:03 am


Hi Andy,
I concur that sizing does not change the shape of your ring. I’m thinking you have someone else’s ring. Out there is someone saying, “but my ring was dome top and comfort fit! How did it become flat all of a sudden.”
I don’t suppose you had pictures of it you can show your jeweler?
On the bright side comfort fit is awesome and you now have extra gold in your ring. But yeah, not your ring. Weird!
Calla Gold

mike December 7th, 2013 at 8:47 pm


Hi Calla,

I have a $15,000 yellow gold ring with three diamonds, one huge one in the center and a smaller one on each side. My wife needs to get it sized up(we’ve been together for 23 yrs) as she never wears it. We are renewing our vows at the end of the month. My question is is that it is an engagement ring and the wedding ring soldered together and i was told that each ring had be sized individually. I was quoted a price to separate the rings, resize each one and then resolder them together again. Is that normally how its done when they once were separate rings and then soldered together? I feel that i might be being taken advantage of considering the price of nearly $600 dollars

Calla Gold December 8th, 2013 at 8:20 am


Hi Mike,
Thank you for writing. Technically that is the correct method for sizing.
I have had people on a budget say to me “Will it cost less if you don’t separate the two rings?”
“Yes, it will be less expensive. But it will be a less elegant sizing. Your two rings will be joined in a big way at the bottom and will not easily be separated in the future. And if they are separated later one of the two rings may not be usable without one of them being re-shanked.” See my blog post on re-shanking a ring – http://www.callagold.com/jewelry-repair/re-shanking-your-rings-what-why-and-when/.
The best practices way in our jewelry industry is the separate, do the sizing and then put them back together. It is better for both rings. That doesn’t mean you can’t do it the other way. It is harder to do though. I have sized soldered together ring sets mostly by separating them, but also the do it together method for budget conscious clients who understood the down side of that method.
I’m assuming your two rings are made of platinum as platinum sizing is more expensive than white or yellow gold to size. Oops, upon re-reading your comment you are asking about ring sizing costs for your yellow gold ring.
The $600.00 does sound like a tremendous amount of money for this job. However in fairness to the other jeweler, I don’t know of reasons beyond the normal that could drive that price up. Having not seen your two ring set top, bottom and side I don’t want to condemn someone or what I feel is an unfairly high price for service given. BUT, it is yellow gold and if it is simple construction and you are sizing up around two sizes or less, I’d say it is WAY too expensive.
I recently did a blog post detailing actual ring sizing jobs and what I charged for them with pictures to help people get a sense of what their project might cost. Here’s the link to that:http://www.callagold.com/jewelry-repair/much-cost-to-size-ring-gold-silver/
Ring sizing costs vary from jeweler to jeweler and I admit I don’t charge the kind of prices that make me a great profit. I size rings as a service and to develop strong relationships with my clients so they will come back to me.
Now I don’t begrudge someone making a living and my lowish sizing prices may cause some upset with other jewelers in my industry who have higher fixed costs than I do. A jeweler who has an on-site jeweler on his staff in an expensive area of the country has to pay his professional properly to keep him on staff. His costs will be higher than mine. That jeweler is not a crook, he’s paying a fair wage for his area and will charge more than I do.
Mike, I’d love to hear back from you to know if this was useful to you and your wife.
Congratulations on the upcoming renewal of your vows.
That’s my opinion.
Calla Gold

mike December 8th, 2013 at 9:22 pm


Calla,

Thank you for your rapid response to my inquiry, I live in a fairly smal town in Arizona and I’ve used this jeweler in the past but that was when his grandparents owned it and this is the first time i’ve dealt with the grandson. i don’t begrudge anyone trying to make a living especially the way things are today. i’m a firm believer in you get what you pay for and that goes for the techs i hire in my shop. if you know your stuff then i don’t mind paying $35-$50 an hour to a good tech.
i’ll send you a pic of the ring and by the way you have one that is similar to the one i own.
Thx mike

Calla Gold December 9th, 2013 at 7:52 am


Hi Mike,
I’m glad you believe in fairly paying professionals for their work. I feel the grandson may be just charging too much.
I’m thinking the weave ring I did in blue diamonds may be the similar one you are talking about.
Check out this link for a weave design I did. I have sized this set larger successfully. Here’s the picture:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150997021350414&set=pb.276561805413.-2207520000.1386600642.&type=3&theater
Calla Gold

Sarah December 14th, 2013 at 11:16 am


Hi! I just got a beautiful morganite ring from my husband. It is 18k gold over silver and it’s a size 8. I need it sized down to a 7. What should I expect to pay for this? It’s an oval stone with a diamond halo all prong setting. Thanks for your help!

Calla Gold December 14th, 2013 at 1:44 pm


Hello Sarah,
Without seeing your gemstone and setting design I do not know exactly what is involved in your sizing. Your ring will need to be re-gold-plated after sizing.
To guess the price of sizing your ring it’d be in the range of $80.00 to $90.00.
Without seeing it I cannot be sure. I hope this helps.
Ring Sizing Jeweler,
Calla Gold

Nick December 17th, 2013 at 10:45 pm


As an Atlanta native, I was having difficulty finding the right jeweler to resize the custom wedding rings I had made for my fiance’. The original jeweler did a fantastic job, but when I approached them to resize, they tried charging me an arm and a leg. Having done my research, I came across this blog and immediately began consulting with Calla. Long story short, Calla’s expertise, honesty, and guidance led to the original jeweler remaking both of my wedding rings from scratch for absolutely free. I believe the best businesses and professionals work for passion, commitment, honesty, and for the overall good of the consumer and project. Calla never quoted me for her services nor did she try to win me over. She only cared about my fiance’ receiving the rings she dreamed of even if it meant I move forward with my original jeweler. For this, my fiance and I thank you Calla and the next time we are on the west coast, we’ll be sure to return the favor. Thanks again, Nick

Calla Gold December 18th, 2013 at 7:47 am


Dear Nick,
Thank you so much for sharing your experience long distance with me. I’m so happy at your wonderful outcome and that I was able to help. I just thought they’d charge you less for the re-sizing, that they are re-making her too big rings is amazing. It also tells me that they care about you too and want to continue to be your jewelers.
Thank you again for taking the time to let me know how it turned out after our email exchanges.
Your West Coast Calla

Linda Menesez December 18th, 2013 at 9:14 pm


Calla, I love what an amazing resource of information you are to your customers, and to others that are only seeking advice! Your generosity in sharing so much valuable insight and experience is very impressive!
I’m guessing you are someone who loves language.
In looking at some of your other jewelry definitions I found the link to your jewelry glossary. What a labor of love and amazing resource.
I love that you share that freely with people who love jewelry. Is there a hardback edition of your full glossary?

Linda

Calla Gold December 20th, 2013 at 8:28 am


Linda,
You’ve made my day. And you’ve outed me. I am a major lover of language. There are many words in my vocabulary I’ve kind of made up. Like “funkacetic” a hybrid of copacetic and funky. I could go on.
I truly appreciate your kind words and am happy that my definitions are finding fruitful minds to live in.
At this moment my glossary is in electronic form only. I may one day offer a hard back edition if there is enough interest in my doing so.
Being told I am an “amazing resource of information” makes my day!!!
Thank you.
Definingly Yours,
Calla Gold

Marlene March 21st, 2014 at 2:37 pm


Thank you for your informative blog. I recently went to get sizing consultation for my wedding band. It’s going to be re-sized from 7 to 5.5. The band is 14k gold, simple, light, not thin, half dome. The jeweler at first was going to charge $82, but then he went down to $54. He will also give me credit once the gold piece is cut, and weighed. Is this price reasonable?
Thank you.

Calla Gold March 21st, 2014 at 5:56 pm


Hello Marlene,
I can’t see your ring, but from your description I’d say that sounds quite reasonable.
Please come again to my blog!
Calla Gold

Emily March 22nd, 2014 at 10:15 pm


Hi Calla,

Thank you for sharing so much valuable information! I know this is an older post, but I just found it after my fiancé and I won a wedding band on eBay that I’m scared we won’t be able to have properly sized. When we found the ring we got excited because it was the perfect design and time was running out on the auction, so we bid on it hastily. It is supposed to be white gold, 1/2 inch wide filigree/scroll design with 34 natural diamonds studs. It is a size 9 and I am a size 6. Does this sound like something that is even possible? And if so, will it set us back a fortune? I would be happy to provide pictures if it would help. If you have any advice for us it would be much appreciated!

Thank you!!!
-Emily

Calla Gold March 23rd, 2014 at 6:40 am


Hi Emily,
Congratulations on your win! I’m so pleased that you found my blog post. I hope it was helpful.
Sizing three sizes is considered an extreme sizing. It often effects the way the ring faces up and sometimes effects the settings.
I’d very much like to see images.
Top, side and 3/4 profile, close enough to see how the diamonds are set.
I’ll want to know the white metal’s karat.
I look forward to hearing from you.
I’m e-mailing you also, so you can send the images directly to me.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

Emily March 24th, 2014 at 9:52 am


Wow, thank you for your response. I can hardly believe someone so freely offers their care and expertise. I wish I lived in Santa Barbara because I certainly would look no further for a jeweler. Thank you for continuing our email discourse. You are truly an asset to those of us trying to educate ourselves in these areas. Santa Barbara ladies, I envy you the opportunity to deal personally with Calla!

Calla Gold March 24th, 2014 at 4:54 pm


Emily,
All I can say is “Day Made.” Thank you for your comment!
My mom taught me to return calls and answer letters and I took it to mean respond on your blog. Good thing I listened to me mom!
Your Happy Jeweler From Afar,
Calla Gold

Cheryl March 29th, 2014 at 12:31 pm


I need to get my engagement ring resized. I haven’t worn it for over a year now, unfortunately. It fit twenty years ago, but no longer, though my wedding ring still fits.I have a fairly short distance between the are of my finger and the knuckle, a puffed shape to that part of my finger and a bit of a bulbous knuckle ( gee that sounds so attractive!). My fingers also swell quite a bit in heat and humidity and shrink dramatically when cold. Both rings have a flat band to them which is the same size all around the ring, with the wedding band being slightly narrower. The wedding ring fits comfortably at the narrower base of my finger, with a slightly tight on/off, which isnt an issue. But the engagement rings Wider band barely makes it on or off without an amputation and hits right on the largest part of my finger. it also leaves me feeling unable to bend my finger comfortably. I’m concerned that due to my finger shape, if I get the engagement ring made big enough to fit comfortably it will actually be too big and be at risk of loss. I feel like if the back of the band were made narrower ( not thinner, but narrower) in addition to a slight upsizing, my problem might be solved. Does this seem like a possible solution, and is it feasible to do? In retrospect it was probsbly not the best ring shape for me to choose, but I was young, and it was pretty and it worked okay for Bout 18 years except on the hottest of days. Your advice is appreciated!

Calla Gold March 29th, 2014 at 2:12 pm


Dear Cheryl,
Congratulations on your long marriage. From your description I believe your solution to change the shape of your ring as well as its size is an excellent plan. I have narrowed the back of client’s rings for the same reason. Be sure that the depth of the ring where you’ll be narrowing it is quite thick. If it is not have your jeweler do a re-shank style sizing in which a new shank is made stronger.This is my blog post about re-shanking – http://www.callagold.com/jewelry-repair/re-shanking-your-rings-what-why-and-when/
The good thing you did years ago when you got married was to choose a ring you loved that has lasted. That you chose it in a metal that can be sized and changed is very smart.
I wish you the best of luck in having this work done to make your ring more wearable from here on.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

SUSAN May 16th, 2014 at 7:02 am


I bought a ring that is a size 10. I am a size 6. Is it possible to get this resized without affecting the stones becoming loose or anything? It looks like a Princess Diana ring, with one center stone and diamonds around it. There are no stone on the band. Please help.

Calla Gold May 16th, 2014 at 7:59 am


Susan,
Without seeing the ring I can’t be sure, but I have sized a number of rings in what I refer to as extreme or complex sizing jobs. See the story of the platinum complex sizing in my blog post:
http://www.callagold.com/jewelry-repair/cost-to-size-ring-platinum-white-gold/
It sounds like your ring is not as complex a design. Do use a very experienced jeweler for a job like this.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

CLAUDY May 20th, 2014 at 2:46 am


HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE TO RESIZE A RING SMALLER
ITS A STERLING SILVER WITH PLATINUM RING

Calla Gold May 20th, 2014 at 9:58 am


Hi Claudy,
Could you send me a picture and explain where the silver and platinum metals are? That is a combo I’ve not seen. Email me at calla@callagold.com
Where are you writing from? I wondered where ZA is.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

Jeremy May 29th, 2014 at 10:49 am


Calla,
Great resource!!! Quick question though, will jewelers resize a ring for you even if you didn’t originally buy the piece from them? I feel like they would, since a job is a job. I bought it from bluenile, and they resize for “free”, but their turnaround is like 3wks, and it will cost $50 just to ship it certified with insurance so I’d rather have it done locally.

I’m looking to have my fiancee’s 14K white gold (1.7mm thin) resized from an 8 to a 7.25 – I proposed while she was recovering from a broken arm (very swollen). Could you also guesstimate a cost? http://goo.gl/LzVUZH (ring image) Thank you!
-Jeremy

Calla Gold May 29th, 2014 at 7:24 pm


Hi Jeremy,
Thanks for writing.I’m going to guess $80.00 ish because it’ll need to be re-rhodium plated. My concern is that in looking at the close ups of the ring it appears that they setting style on the side diamonds is shared prong. By making the circle tighter which happens when you go smaller it may subtly loosen the setting in one or more diamonds. You may have one to four diamonds pop out over the course of the year following the sizing.
If the jeweler working on your ring figures out where the shifting takes place he could re-set the looser diamonds. That’ll cost more if re-setting is done.
Just because I’d charge one price doesn’t mean another jeweler will charge the same.
Thanks for writing.
Calla Gold

Patricia June 8th, 2014 at 9:21 pm


I bought a 14 kt yellow gold ring while on a cruise to the Bahamas. The lady at the store in Nassau told me that it could be resized. Now that I’ve given it to my husband 6 months later (on the occasion of our 35 wedding anniversary) we took it to a jeweler here near Seattle: and they said it could not be resized because it is hollow! True? I’m so upset! It’s needs to go up juts under two hole sizes. Can you please advise?

Patricia June 8th, 2014 at 9:23 pm


I bought a 14 kt yellow gold ring while on a cruise to the Bahamas. The lady at the store in Nassau told me that it could be resized. Now that I’ve given it to my husband 6 months later (on the occasion of our 35 wedding anniversary) we took it to a jeweler here near Seattle: and they said it could not be resized because it is hollow! True? I’m so upset! It’s needs to go up just under two whole sizes. Can you please advise?

Calla Gold June 9th, 2014 at 7:45 am


Hello Patricia,
I’m guessing the salesperson wasn’t aware that the make of the ring was hollow. Rings are made hollow to make them lighter weight, therefore less expensive, yet to look big and sturdy. This is a practice I do not approve of because there is an assumption on all our parts that one of the reasons we buy gold or platinum is that we can size these rings.
Without seeing the ring I cannot know whether it is sizable. The last time I sized a hollow ring it was fairly strong and I used laser soldering to do the work. I was able to do the work. It was a nerve-wracking job, but it did work.
I’d guess it would be on a case by case basis that a skilled jeweler would take a sizing job on with a hollow ring.
The biggest risk is that as the shape is changed a bend may appear in the gold which would mean more work would need to be done because a bend would look bad.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

Sowmya July 12th, 2014 at 8:20 am


Cella,
I am planning for a Engagement rings(white gold), one with diamond studded and other with cubic zirconia. How long would you think it will take to re-size if the ready made ring is not our size? Please advise.

Calla Gold July 12th, 2014 at 9:27 am


Hello Sowmya,
A competent jeweler with the tools to hand to do the job can do the job in a matter of hours. What you’ll usually run into is that each job has to take its turn as all good jewelers are quite busy. Keeping that in mind that your ring will go into the line up of jobs to be done, you can expect a one week turnaround.
Some jewelers send their repair work elsewhere to be done. If this is the case with your jeweler, then it might be 2 – 3 weeks wait for your sizing.
CZ is sensitive to heat, so that might be more time consuming for the jeweler.
Santa Barbara Jeweler,
Calla

Ian July 19th, 2014 at 7:01 pm


Hello,
Im currently trying to buy my girlfriend a ring she has been wanting for ages, but got discontinued right as I finally had enough money for it. I’ve been scouring the internet and found one but it’s a size 7 and she’s a size 9. Do you have an estimate to re-size this ring:
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Its the everlasting friendship ring from pandora. Thank you so much!
Ian

Calla Gold July 20th, 2014 at 7:58 am


Hello Ian,
It appears to be silver and the stone is unspecified. If I assume that it is not heat sensitive it could cost anywhere from $25 to $45. If however it is heat sensitive and needs to be removed and re-set it could be more like $45 to $75.
Calla Gold

Kirsten November 6th, 2014 at 10:37 pm


Hello! My dad gave me my mothers original gold wedding set and I want it resized. It is a small size (I’d estimate a 5 or 6) and I wear a 10.5. It has a marquis diamond and then channel set diamonds on each side and the engagement band is channel set diamonds. I was told by Diamond Exchange in my hometown that I was better off just getting a new ring. The guy was super rude and finally told me it would be $900 to size and an additional $50 to replace each and every channel set diamond that broke. Now we’ve moved and I have heard of a jeweler in town that adds gold to the band to resize which is what I obviously need. What do you think I can expect to pay for this?

Calla Gold November 7th, 2014 at 7:54 am


Hi Kirsten,
Having not seen your ring it is difficult to tell. I’d guess that the rude guy wasn’t much of a repair guy, especially if he said diamonds would break during the work done. What is more likely is that the channel walls would have their integrity compromised with your extreme sizing. Channels can bend inward or outward when the curve of the ring shank is changed a lot. Your sizing is what I characterize as an extreme sizing. It has more issues than straight sizing as it involves the very design itself and settings.
This is the blog post where I describe an extreme sizing:
http://www.callagold.com/jewelry-repair/cost-to-size-ring-platinum-white-gold/
I would guess that the type of sizing to be done is more of a reshanking. They need to build a new piece in gold or platinum to keep the strength of the ring up. This is the blog post about re-shanking:
http://www.callagold.com/jewelry-repair/re-shanking-your-rings-what-why-and-when/
Chances are two or more of your diamonds will need to be removed while the work is done and your ring shape is changed. As your jeweler is re-setting them after the work is done he or she may need to re-build a part of the channel.
For this reason I’d have to guess quite widely as to the cost you may pay for your extreme sizing. I’ll say between $150.00 and $350.00 per ring.
I hope this helps. That was nice of your dad to give you your mom’s wedding set.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla Gold

brittany November 17th, 2014 at 2:49 pm


Hello i have a ring that’s a size 5 and i need it sized large to a 7 how would i go about having it priced ?

Calla Gold November 18th, 2014 at 9:06 pm


Hi Brittany,
If you’re in the Santa Barbara area you can contact me at 805-963-4157 and I can take a look at it and see what is involved and give you a price.
If you are out of the area go to a jeweler who specializes in jewelry repairs as opposed to just selling jewelry.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

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