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How Much Does it Cost to Size My Ring? Gold and Silver

By Calla Gold

Woman Smiling Showing Three Ring Wedding Set by Calla Gold Jewelry

Amy May Want to Size Her Wedding Rings One Day. She’ll Want to Know What it Costs When That Time Comes

The Cost of Sizing Gold and Silver Rings

Daily I’m asked the cost of sizing a ring. It does vary from ring to ring, but I get that you need information. So I’m going to tell you about five rings I sized recently and what they cost.

Gold and Silver Metal Costs

As I write this blog post gold is selling for $1288.20 per ounce. Gold prices fluctuate and they are a factor in the cost of sizing a ring. Sterling Silver today costs $17.53 per ounce. Slight difference in the cost there! Check daily metal prices.

Five Rings, Their Work Done and Their Work Cost

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Ring # 1. How Much Does it cost to Size My Ring? $97.00.

 

Ring #1 14kt gold nugget style tapered ladies ring, cost to size $97.00

This ring was sized up from a size 7 to an 8.5, one and a half sizes larger. We had to add gold by building a tiny bridge of gold the same thickness and width as the existing ring.

We used the open flame soldering method. There were no gems to worry about or design elements that needed special care. There was just a chunk of gold and a good chunk of time taken to do the sizing.

Sapphire Flowers ring in sterling silver

Ring #2 Has a Thin Ring Shank Which Helps Keep the Price Down

Ring #2; a Sterling Silver two flower sapphire ring sized to 7.5, cost to size $23.00

The main factors in the reasonableness to size this ring are the fact that the ring is made of sterling silver which is way less expensive than gold. Another factor in its low cost to size is its very thin shank.

There is less labor time needed for very thin shanked rings. Another factor is that it started out as a size 6.75 so it didn’t need to be made hugely larger.

A final favor was that this ring had sapphires in the top design. Sapphires are more heat resistant than fragile gems like opal, emeralds and tanzanites. The design had the gems quite separate from the main shank of the ring, so heat that would conduct was unlikely to make it to the gems.

14kt diamond hearts ring

Ring #3 Has Pretty Diamond Hearts and is Heat Resistant and Easy to Size

Ring #3; a 14kt White Gold Three Heart Diamond Ring sized to 7.75, Cost to Size $69.00

This ring being set with heat resistant diamonds didn’t need special treatment to shield the gems during the sizing process. The shank was pretty thin and we were sizing from a size 6 so it was a straightforward job.

After polishing the ring we rhodium plated it. This is an industry standard step on all white gold ring repairs. This rhodium plating process costs $20.00 – $25.00. The heat of the work removes the previous rhodium plating and it needs to be reapplied. Read about Rhodium Plating.

Bezel set amethyst and peridots ring in sterling silver

Pretty Sterling Silver Amethyst and Peridot Ring.

Ring #4; a Sterling Silver Amethyst and Peridot Ring sized to 7.75, Cost to Size $21.00

This ring was a simple sizing from size 7.  We were careful of heat conductivity with the gems. The shank was not super thick.

Ring #5; a Sterling Silver and Moonstone Ring sized to 8, Cost to Size $30.00

Ring #5 - Sterling Silver Ring with Pretty Moonstone Set in a Decorative Bezel Box Setting

Ring #5 – Sterling Silver Ring with Pretty Moonstone Set in a Decorative Bezel Box Setting

This ring has a domed shank that is thick. Because of the shank’s dome shape it was more time consuming to build the new section of shank to insert. We sized this ring from a size 5.5.

Final Notes on Ring Sizing

When your ring is returned to you there should be no visible sign that it was worked on. The only exception to this may be if there is a symmetrical design all the way around your ring, or if an older gold is combined with newer gold causing a slight color difference.

At the end of each sizing, the ring is polished to make it look nice and new. It is necessary as the process of sizing makes the metal look funky.

I plan other example posts on ring sizing costs so you can compare your ring with the ones shown to get an idea of what your ring may cost to have sized.

More of my Costs of Ring Sizing Series:

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
Ring Sizing – What You Pay More For and Why

Ring Sizing Jeweler,
Calla Gold

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12 Responses to “How Much Does it Cost to Size My Ring? Gold and Silver”

Tracey M. November 19th, 2013 at 10:29 am


Calla Gold! This is so useful. Keep the pictures and examples coming. I do understand that each jeweler charges different prices, but knowing the neighborhood to expect is really helpful.
You claim you’ll do it again with other examples, I hope you do. This is great stuff.
Tracey

Tracey M. November 20th, 2013 at 1:36 pm


This was very informative….I think all of us (ladies) have a least one or two rings that need to be sized sitting somewhere in the back of our jewelry boxes!!!

Calla Gold November 20th, 2013 at 7:12 pm


Hi Tracey,
I agree. I’ve met many women socially who upon finding out I’m a jeweler confide in my about the rings that don’t fit them any more that they’ve been meaning to deal with.
And being me, I call them and we size them!
Calla Gold

Calla Gold November 20th, 2013 at 7:25 pm


Hi Tracey,
Since I know you’ll be watching, I will for sure do other ring sizing cost posts with examples of other types of rings.
Sizing jeweler,
Calla

Linda Menesez November 20th, 2013 at 11:38 pm


Calla, this is so helpful. I had my wedding and engagement rings resized a few years ago — before I met you. I probably would have done it sooner, if I had known the price range. Thank you again for being so helpful and writing such an informative article!

Linda

Calla Gold November 21st, 2013 at 8:56 pm


Thank you Linda for telling me this was good information for you. I’ve definitely run into folks who aren’t sizing a ring because they are afraid it’ll cost $300.00 or something expensive like that. Now there are complex rings out there that might cost $300.00 but they are the exception not the rule.
Calla Gold

Renee Manseau December 8th, 2013 at 10:20 pm


It’s nice to be able to get a general idea on the ball park costs of resizing a ring. There certainly are a lot of factors to consider, but even then, it seems quite manageable to resize, and revive, a favorite ring. And as you say, “Wear it, don’t warehouse it.”

Calla Gold December 9th, 2013 at 7:38 am


Hello Renee,
You are absolutely right. It is so worth it to size your rings to fit you rather than warehouse them for some unknown future time!
Calla Gold

Linda Perkins December 16th, 2013 at 11:05 am


Thank you Calla! The cost of sizing a ring was an absolute mystery to me. I’ve never had to have it done and frankly thinking about giving my ring to a stranger to size it freaks me out a little. I also was thinking it could be like $200.00 to size a ring based on something a friend said a couple of years ago.
Luckily I am in Santa Barbara and to tell the truth my ring fits way tighter than it used to and sometimes when I want to take it off on a hot day, it’s just not happening.
This has great information, and I appreciate that you give examples like this. I will pass it on! And perhaps call you before the mercury climbs next spring.
Linda

Calla Gold December 17th, 2013 at 9:05 pm


Linda,
I’m pleased to shine some light and certainty on ring sizing pricing for you and your friends.
Calla Gold

Shadae Sweeney January 6th, 2014 at 2:11 pm


My fiance actually proposed with the ring his mother had. So it’s important to us both. Her ring finger happens to be larger than mine. How much would down sizing cost? The ring is 6-7 and my finger is 5-5.5

Calla Gold January 6th, 2014 at 4:21 pm


Shadae,
Congratulations on your engagement. Do you live in the Santa Barbara area? I’d need to ask you questions about the design of your ring, thickness of the width and depth of your ring, whether it was yellow gold, white gold and if so what karat or platinum. Please email me your phone number so we may answer my questions and get you a ballpark price for sizing your special ring.
I’m a quick email away calla@callagold.com.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

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