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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
If you’d like to know more about the “why’s” of ring sizing costs check out my other blog post: Ring Sizing Explained – What do You Pay More For and Why?
December 23rd 2013 update:
The next in the series is: How Much Does it Cost to Size my Ring? Platinum and White Gold.