Dec 23

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

By Calla Gold

Calla Gold Jewelry Wedding Set with Floral Design and Diamonds

One Day This May Need to be Sized

The Cost of Sizing Platinum and White Gold Rings

Platinum and white gold rings cost more than yellow gold to size. Platinum rings cost more than white gold to size.

As a jeweler in beautiful Santa Barbara, I see a lot of platinum rings and get a lot of questions like this: “Why does my gold band, (by “band” I mean a ring that is the same width all the way around), cost $85.00 to size one size larger and my husband’s platinum band costs $120.00 to size one size larger? And how come my white gold band costs $105.00 to size one size larger?”

How is Sizing Done?

Check out my explanatory post on methods of ring sizing.

Calla Gold soldering a ring

Using Solder to Work on an Older Gold Ring

Why Does White Gold Cost More to Size Than Yellow Gold?

With for example yellow gold wedding bands with no gems, merely need to be polished after sizing and they are ready to wear.

White gold on the other hand needs to be rhodium plated (See my post on rhodium plating). White gold started its life as a yellowy, orangy metal and needed white metal alloys to create the white gold color.

It’s not quite truly a white metal. The final process of making new white gold jewelry is to rhodium plate the piece of jewelry.  This gives your ring a very white and shiny finish.

The extra cost in repairing white gold rings comes from the rhodium plating done after the sizing work. It is necessary, and it’s a step that any fine jeweler includes when sizing or repairing your white gold jewelry.

Pie Chart showing the 95% amount of Platinum in Platinum rings

The Purity of Platinum Metal in Most Platinum Rings.

Why Does Platinum Cost More to Size Than White Gold?

The platinum in most rings is 95% pure platinum vs. 58% pure gold for 14kt white gold. This means that the metal costs are higher for platinum work.

Platinum is a completely different metal than gold. Gold is actually an easier metal to work with than platinum. Platinum has a higher melting point than gold and requires a separate set of tools.

Among other things required for working platinum is a tank of different, hotter burning gas, used for soldering. Then there are separate tools that can not be shared with any other metal. Just like tomatoes, which prefer to grow in soil they’ve already grown in, platinum will discolor if you dare to use tools on it that have been used to work gold.

Picky picky.

Pie chart showing purity of gold in 14kt gold rings

Purity of Gold Metal in 14kt White Gold Rings

This means your jeweler must be versed in the quirky requirements of platinum and have the separate tools and separate gas and a separate work space to care properly for your platinum ring.

You pay more for the expertise and quality work space to have your platinum ring worked on.

 

So How Much to Size My Platinum Ring?

It’ll probably start at about $90.00 for a very simple sizing.

How Does That Stack Up Against White Gold?

Simply sizing the ring one size lower could cost you $60.00 for a 14kt white gold ring. A sizing job going one size larger would start at around $70.00. This pricing is taking into account just sizing, polishing, and rhodium plating  for a fairly thin ring with no other issues.

Work Costs for Real Rings

Halo engagement ring with diamonds everywhere!

Ring #1 is a Platinum and Diamond Engagement Ring and a Challenge

Ring #1 – Extreme Sizing – Platinum and Diamond Engagement Ring. Cost to size: $210.00

This ring came to me a size 7 and had to be sized down to a size 4.5. That is a huge size difference. This sizing can effect the angle of the design, where the diamonds are set and worse case scenario can cause visible crimping where the metal has to bend inward. Often diamonds in the area that will be effected are removed and then re-set after the work has been done.

Ruby and diamond baguette white and yellow gold ring

This is a Before Picture of Her Ruby and Diamond Channel Set Ring

Ring #2 – 18kt White Gold with Rubies and Diamonds. Cost to size: $108.00

This ring needed to be sized from a size 6 to a 7.25. The gems were set in the more challenging channel style. This ring is gorgeous, but not a simple slam dunk sizing. It needed time and care to not risk the gems.

Specifically the baguettes in their channel are at risk for cracking when the overall shape is changed even slightly. Opening the ring to the size needed is done slowly, checking the diamonds in the channel for movement or signs of stress.

After sizing and polishing we rhodium plated the white part of the ring.

Quarter inch wide white gold wedding band

Ring #3 is White Gold and a Quarter of an Inch Wide it Was Sized Larger

Ring #3 – 14kt White Gold Very Wide Band. Cost to Size: $140.00

This wedding band needed to go 1.25 sizes larger to a 6.5. This wonderful ring was about a quarter of an inch wide.

One big concern was the long message of engraving inside. A couple of letters needed to be polished off and re-inscribed.

After sizing it we polished it and rhodium plated it.

Platinum and burnish set tiny white diamonds thin wedding band - Calla Gold Jewelry

Ring #4 Platinum and Diamond Wedding Band With a Hammered Finish

Ring #4 – Platinum with Burnish Set Tiny Sprinkled Diamonds. Cost to Size: $120.00

This sweet little band needed to be sized from a size 7.5 to a 9.5. During sizing one of the diamonds became a bit tilted in its little setting.

We took it out and re-set it. Then we polished it and rhodium plated it. We also re-hammer finished it.

How much does it cost to size my ring? Platinum diamond band and diamond engagement ring

Ring #5 – The Cost to Size my Rings is Detailed. Both of Them!

Ring #5 – Platinum and Diamond  Tiny Wedding Band. Cost to size: $95.00

This very narrow platinum band with pave set tiny diamonds was sized up a half a size larger to 6.25. It was a simple sizing. It looked a bit grey, so we rhodium plated it as a final step. Its cost, $95.00.

As a bonus in the “what does it cost?” department, we also sized her 14kt white gold engagement ring up a half a size to 6.25. We needed to re-engrave the inside inscription engraving. The sizing and engraving came to $98.00.

Sterling Silver and Gold Sizing Costs

If you’d like to read examples of costs to size sterling silver rings and  gold rings, check out my “How Much Does it Cost to Size My Ring? Sterling Silver and Gold

Is This What the Jewelry Industry as a Whole Charges for Sizing?

Keep in mind, these prices are only reflect myself as a jeweler in Santa Barbara. My prices do not reflect big city prices. Please don’t think some guy in New York with killer rent is trying to rip you off. Rents, and the costs of bench jewelers as staff vary from region to region.

The expertise of the bench jewelers who size and repair your rings is vast and takes years to gain. I both value and honor them, and I don’t want my blog posts with pricing to be used to make them feel like they charge too much.

Why Did I Start This Series on Ring Sizing Costs?

I’ve been asked so many times how much this ring or that ring will cost to size that I figured I’d be super transparent and photograph actual rings and post the price I charged to size them.

Let me know if you find this specific information helpful.

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
How Much Does it Cost to Size my Ring – Gold and Silver
Ring Sizing – What Do You Pay More For and Why?
How Much Does it Cost to Size my Eternity Band Ring?
Ring Sizing, Weight Gain and Weight Loss
Ring Sizing Cost with Milgrain Edging and Carved in Designs
How Much to Have My Enamel Ring Sized?
How Much to Size My Ring – With Scratched and Dull Gems
How Much to Size My Ring – With Matte Finish and Oxidation

Santa Barbara Jeweler,
Calla Gold

62 thoughts on “How Much Does it Cost to Size My Ring? Platinum and White Gold

  1. Sure explains alot and I definately need to shop for another jeweler. I was quoted $800.00 for my platinum wedding ring and engagement ring set that was cut off my finger for a surgery size 7. needing to be sized up to a 10 and i thought was a little too costly. Thank-you

    • Hi Donna,
      I hope your surgery went well. Without seeing your rings it’s hard for me to guess a price for their sizing, but it does sound a tad high to me.
      Ring sizing jeweler,
      Calla

  2. I have a sterling silver cz engagement ring Tacori brand with engravings on the band very beautiful ring I love it and it has lasted. My fiancée guessed my size was a six, but its a 7.5. I have no clue how much he paid for it I have not asked because money is not a problem. How much should it cost to get it sized up?

    • Hi Brittany,
      Since your ring has hand engraving on it and heat sensitive CZ’s you may end up paying in the $100.00 neighborhood as it sounds like it’ll need re-engraving as well as sizing. The sizing may well need to be done by laser so as not to damage your CZs.
      I was not aware that Tacori made their rings in silver and with cz. You might double check the metal of your ring. If for example it is platinum, the cost would be higher to size and re-engrave your engagement ring.
      Congratulations on your engagement.
      Jeweler,
      Calla

  3. Need to get the 4 prong shank side’s fixed. My Band has worn the sides of the engagement ring badly. The prongs are fine except where the platiumn band rubbed against the platiumn engagement ring. What is the approximate cost to repair? I wear these ALL the time.
    Drema

  4. i have my engagement ring, its a size 9.25 i need it a size bigger. i don’t know if its white gold or platinum. could i send you some pictures? i would love an approximate cost.

  5. Hi,
    I’m considering getting my ring resized, but I’m concerned about trusting the jeweler I choose (I’m relatively new to town). Call me a pessimist, but how can I ensure that I get my ring back with it’s original diamonds? Are rings appraised before they’re resized?

    • Hi Stephanie,
      Reading the YELP reviews on the jewelers you are considering will help you to know from other people’s experience if they are trustworthy.
      The type of jeweler is important. Not all jewelers are ‘real’ jewelers. Some just sell stuff. This is a blog post to help you recognize the different types of jeweler:
      https://www.callagold.com/personal-jeweler/how-to-choose-a-jeweler/
      After you’ve read this one my next post on choosing a jeweler may help you:
      https://www.callagold.com/jewelry-repair/12-questions-to-ask-yourself-when-choosing-a-jeweler/
      Most people don’t appraise their ring before bringing it in unless they have a center diamond 1ct. or larger and needed to do it anyway.
      Look under the magnifying loupe and see the inclusions like a fingerprint of your diamond. Do this with the jeweler and discuss what you see. Check after ward for the finger print of your diamond. That’ll let you rest easy that your diamond is the same.
      I hope this helps.
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  6. Thanks for this post.
    I play basketball and jammed my finger so my engraved platinum wedding band doesn’t fit down/ over the last joint anymore.

    I’d love to wear my ring again. $120 or less for the small size increase should be good. Is that a good guess on the cost to me of sizing it bigger?

    • Hi Donald,
      A man’s wedding band has more platinum in it than the example band that I sized up two sizes in my blog example for the $120.00 fee. A man’s band when being sized larger will take more platinum when the bridge of metal is built to put in to make it larger.
      Further upping the price in the fact that your ring is engraved. The area around the sizing gets polished so engraving needs to be redone in the area that was worked. This area is larger than just the sizing area. I can see that I’ll need to blog about this topic. Re-engraving if done by hand may cost in a range of $45 – $125 depending on the complexity of your engraving.
      The upshot of my answer is that $120.00 probably won’t cover getting your engraved band ring sized larger.
      Engraving Jeweler,
      Calla Gold

  7. I was doing an online search to find info on sizing platinum and diamond half-bands when I came across your website. It was very helpful, and informative – much more so than any other site I’ve seen.

    I also want to thank you for your speedy email response to my questions! You’ve provided me with even more info that will be helpful to me in finding the appropriate jeweler in my area. I only wish you weren’t 5+ hours away because I feel I could really trust YOU to do the work! Thanks again!

    • Hi Susan,
      Thank you for telling me about how you found me and that it was helpful. That makes my day. I love that I’m showing up in answer to questions about jewelry in New York!
      It was nice emailing with you too.
      Believe it or not I do get jewelry sent to me for work. Most often for restoration of inherited pieces and gold and rhodium plating. I even received a package from a client in China. We ended up Skyping each other about it. That was pretty cool.
      I’m sure you’ll find the perfect local jeweler for your platinum ring sizing Susan.
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  8. This is really helpful! I’ve got to get my wedding rings resized as I’ve lost a significant amount of weight in the past 18 months, and now neither of my rings fits–my finger has gone from an 11 to a 7-7.25. I nearly lost my wedding band today and now need to find a jeweler in the Dallas area to resize my rings. They are platinum, and knowing that working with platinum requires a whole other set of tools is useful. Thanks for providing this info online. 🙂

    • Dear Science,
      Congratulations on your epic weight loss. It is concerning that you almost lost your ring.
      I’m so pleased that reading about the quirks of sizing platinum will help you find the right jeweler to work on your ring.
      Thank you for sharing your situation!
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  9. I need to size a white gold diamond engagement ring from a 7 to a 6. It has diamonds along about a third of the ring and one on like a bridge above those.

    • Hi Tom,
      Are you in the Santa Barbara area? May I help you with your project?
      Or are you generally inquiring about a price idea?
      If you are generally inquiring could you send me pictures? calla@callagold.com.
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  10. Hello Calla: I’m considering buying a white 14 k gold diamond anniversary band (7 diamonds, total of 1 carat, round) prong set, no channels. The ring is only sold in size 6 and I’m a 7-3/4. Someone suggested to me that I should go ahead and buy the ring and resize it. Now, I’m wondering how do I go about finding someone qualified to resize it. I had already spoken to one jeweler before I read all this helpful information about resizing a ring. Thank you, I won’t be using that jeweler. I don’t know any good “repair work” jewelers, so I wonder if taking the ring to a major retailor (like Macy’s) or (Sears) because they resize the rings they sell. What would you say about finding someone?

    • Dear Heather,
      I’m sorry to say Sears and Macy’s send their repairs to “repair centers.” This is not a choice I recommend for a challenging re-sizing. See if there are any designing jewelers in your town.
      If not go to your nearest big town and find someone who makes and fixes jewelry. They would be the type of person to do this kind of work. I have clients who live in places that don’t offer the type of services they need and they mail me repairs. I’m amazed that there are these pockets of geography with no good jewelry coverage. But it happens.
      I wish you the best of luck.
      I am pleased that you are educated enough to tell which jeweler isn’t suitable and is just a sales person. That’s fine if you’re just buying something, but for careful work and changes a salesman won’t do.
      A real jeweler,
      Calla Gold

  11. I have two beautiful 2 ctw diamond rings in 10k white gold, which I absolutely adore. Both area size 7 , as that is the stock size for the retailer who sells them, but I need a 6. They offer free resizing services, but after reading reviews about missing diamonds on the shank after resizing, I’m quite afraid to entrust them with my precious rings. While they didn’t cost thousands of dollars, they were quite expensive to me, and I had to save many years to have real gold and diamond rings. With four children, it had been out of our budget for the last 15 years, so I was thrilled to finally own, not one but two of these beautiful rings I had coveted for so long. I’m sure you can tell I now have a deep emotional attachment to these rings and would be devastated if I were to lose diamonds out of them, or otherwise damage them. I know of no expert local jewelers with the skill set to size my rings. As a matter of fact, I even hag one tell me that my jewelry was junk, and that he’d gladly sell me a quality ring that already fit! The nerve! Then another told me that no matter who does it, is be guaranteed to lose stones after sizing. I’m at a loss. I’ve been using ring snuggies to keep them securely on my fingers, but they’re uncomfortable and hold dirt and water when I wash my hands, and I’m afraid will scratch my rings up after a while. I’m wondering if I could get your advice on what to do, or if I could send the rings to you for the sizing. You seem to know and understand, and respect the attachment people can feel toward their precious jewelry, help Calla!

    Thanks for reading,
    Elizabeth Rodriguez

    • Hi Elizabeth,
      Thank you for writing. I do understand the meaning and love and attachment you have for your rings. Well done on being a mother of four and happily married. As a mom of one, my hat is off to you! What I’d like to do first is see pictures from different angles and fairly close up of your rings. One of the worries I have is if your ring is set in the “shared prong” style which can cause diamonds on the side shank to more easily pop out.
      In this blog post I show a picture of shared prongs:
      https://www.callagold.com/jewelry-repair/wedding-ring-buyer-beware-seven-things-to-do-to-protect-yourself/
      Pleased email your pictures to calla@callagold.com
      I would like to help you. Many of my clients live away from larger cities which means they haven’t access to jewelers with tons of experience.
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  12. Hi Calla,

    I want to thank you for your wonderful and informative pieces about ring resizing. I just got engaged, and I wear a size 7, measured by a few jewellers, and my fiance ordered a size 7, but it’s just a little too loose. It fits perfectly on my middle finger instead. He said he can exchange the ring for a 6.5, but I’m hesitant to do that. I think that will be too small. Is it a better choice to have a guard put on, or, resize the ring? Is it possible that jewelry can run large? This was a very expensive ring, it’s platinum, and I am nervous about damaging it.

    Thank you so much,
    Nicole

    • Hi Nicole,
      I’m glad you’ve found this information helpful.
      Since your ring that is supposed to fit on your wedding finger now fits on your middle finger I have to wonder if the wedding ring is actually a size 7. Have you had a jeweler put it on a sizing pole to verify its size? If it is fitting on your middle finger, an average size difference between the two fingers could easily be a full size and it is less likely to be only a half a size different.
      I’d go for the size 6 if it is fitting on your middle finger. I feel like a jewelry detective. It’s like one of the facts is wrong.
      1) Maybe it is that when you were sized for a 7 it was too loose of a sizing. See this post on loose, medium and tight fit feel when measuring your finger:
      https://www.callagold.com/wedding-rings/how-to-figure-out-your-finger-size/
      2) Maybe the ring you received is not a true size 7, but actually a size 7.5 or even an 8. I’d get that sorted out before I ordered the next one.
      You could use a good jeweler right now to sort out this weird size issue.
      For the record sizing it will not damage your ring if done properly.
      I wish you the best luck in getting your ring fitting properly.
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  13. Dear Calla,
    Thank you so much for your extremely helpful reply. I had the ring checked, and alas, it was a size 8, not a 7. Luckily I was able to exchange it, since the store made an error. I really want to thank you for being such a passionate craftsman, generously helping us confused novices out. Too bad you’re not in the NYC area, I would be your number one client! 🙂

    • Nicole,
      Yay! A happy ending. I’m so pleased that there was a nice logical reason that your “seven” wasn’t fitting. That really worked out nicely for you and I’m so pleased!
      I love that you came back to the blog so my readers would know how the mystery played out.
      I wish I was closer so I could be your jeweler. Ah well, you’ll just have to visit me from time to time on my Facebook page where I put all my latest projects, custom designs and re-done inherited pieces. My page it at:
      http://www.facebook.com/callagoldjewelry
      I’d love to see your smiling face there sometime!
      Your West Coast Jeweler,
      Calla

  14. Hi Calla,
    I just wanted to update you on my ring resizing. I left a comment here last May and, with the help of your advice, found a jeweler I could trust with my bands. They turned out great! And at a similar price to what you mentioned on this page for white gold rings 😀 Thank you so much for your help! I’m so glad you share your knowledge with the world.

    • Dear Stephanie,
      Wow, what a great message to receive to start my day! I’m so pleased that you got the right bands and found a good jeweler. Enjoy your white gold bands. I’ll keep sharing.
      Do come again sometime and share your thoughts. That makes this jewelry bloggers heart soar!
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  15. Hello , my name is Nando and I just ran into your blog online. You were very helpful to the other people asking you questions about re-sizing an engagement ring, that’s why I am asking you this question. I’m about to buy an engagement ring to propose to my girlfriend, but I’m really concerned about if I can re-size the ring from the standard size 7 to her size finger 4.5. I’ve read a lot of things about it , I want to make sure I can do it, before I get it , please help me and I will really appreciate it, I’m sending you a picture of the ring on your email.
    Nando

  16. I’m looking for my ring to be sized. I don’t care about the price. Everywhere I go say they can’t be sized, because of the diamond, so how can I get my ring to you to be sized up?

    • Hi Kimberly,
      I have privately emailed you requesting pictures of your ring. I’d like the see what the challenge of the sizing might be. Hopefully I can help you get it to the size you need to wear it comfortably.
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  17. Hello i have a question i took my engagement ring to a local jeweler todayto be resized one down from a 7 to a 6 its a platinum ring.. and i asked if there was going to be evidence of the cut and he told me yes is this true?

    • Hi Norma,
      When I size a platinum ring up or down you can not see where the work was done. I’m not sure why he thinks you should be able to see where to work was done.
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla Gold

  18. I think Costco sells good quality diamond rings. Can you comment on their quality? Can one resize solitaires from Costco , 2 sizes down from 7 to 5?

    • Dear Dita,
      Costco seems to have fine quality rings. Your sizing need should be doable by a good jeweler unless there are a lot of tiny diamonds in shared prongs on the shank of the ring.
      My problem with a discount store selling rings like this is that they are made overseas and sold without a knowledgeable jeweler there to explain the differences in diamond qualities.
      Maybe this is the business model people are moving to, but I think creating a relationship with a jeweler and creating something more unique that tipping a box into a cart shows caring and loving when choosing an engagement ring.
      My two cents.
      Calla Gold

  19. My GF is a 6.5 and the ring I have found is platinum. Is it better to obtain a 6 and size half up or a 7 and size the ring down? I appreciate your help on this.

  20. I was just looking at this page and couldn’t believe it when i saw that picture 2 of the ruby and diamond channel set ring is the exact one i own. I just had it looked at a jewellers as the rubies have some scruff marks on them from wear. I was hoping they could be polished but it will cost me quite alot.
    From
    Wendy
    Sydney Australia

    • Hi Wendy,
      That is so cool that you have that beautiful design. It belonged to my client and I didn’t know who made it. I just loved it.
      In order to re-polish your gemstones it is a many step process. I wrote about it a while ago here:
      https://www.callagold.com/jewelry-repair/re-buffed-gem-gets-a-new-lease-on-life/
      It really makes a huge difference. Check out the before and after pictures.
      Look very closely at your rubies and if they have scratches and worn facet junctions that keep them from shining it is time to re-buff them. Possibly getting another jeweler or two to bid the job may help you find a better price. Part of the cost of re-buffing your rubies is the cost to unset and re-set your rubies.
      Good luck.
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  21. Ring sizing costs. Really great information. Thanks for sharing. Also, love, love, love the photo of the jeweler at work. More Calla Gold photos, please.

    • Hi Amy,
      I’m glad you liked the information.
      As far as pictures of me at the jeweler’s bench, I’m spending most of my time drawing designs and hardly any at the bench. My staff are amazing and I find that designing and overseeing is just so satisfying for me as a jeweler. So pictures of me typing my blog, drawing designs and working with my CAD guy are the pictures you’d see if a photographer followed me around. Oh yeah, and pictures of me meeting with my amazing clients! That’s where I spend most of my time!
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  22. Hi!! I have a 1.8ct platinum engagement ring that was my mothers. It has two baguettes on the side. It’s a size 6 and I’m a size 10. What are my chances? :/

  23. Hi Calla,

    Your page has been extremely informative. I would like to know if it’s possible to resize a platinum engagement ring from a size 7 to a size 10. The ring is from Costco and their website says it can be sized within 1 size, which would make it an 8. Would it be better to have them size it to an 8 and then have a jeweler size it again or just buy the 7 and take it to my own jeweler and have it sized to a 10? After reading your page it sounds like this particular ring would be tricky because of the additional diamonds on the side, but I’m hopeful.

    For reference here’s the link to the ring: http://www.costco/Princess-Cut-%2526-Round-Brilliant-1.40-ctw-VS2-Clarity%2c-I-Color-Diamond-Platinum-%22Chelsea%22-Ring.product.100123033.html#

    Thank you!

    • Hi Maria,
      Because the diamonds are prong set in the side ring shank area I do believe that this sizing can be done. The most important thing would be to use a jeweler that will add a nice thick section to the bottom of your ring. You need to ensure that there is a lot of strength in the bottom sized section so you keep it from bending or cracking in the future.
      Use a skilled jeweler as this is an extreme sizing. This is my blog about the cost of extreme sizing in rings:
      https://www.callagold.com/all-about-rings/the-cost-of-sizing-a-ring-extreme-sizing/
      Done well this will be a happy ring for you.
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  24. Hi Calla, I read all of your responses to other people and really appreciate the way you feel for the customer and don’t see jewellery as just piece of metal. I have recently been to a jewelry store to size down 4 of my rings that I received as presents in the past. After keeping them in the box for so long because they were too big I finally decided that I would love to wear them. So when I took them to the jeweler he examined them and gave a price, it didn’t cost too much so I went ahead with it.
    There were 3 white gold rings sizing down from 7 to 5 and one yellow gold ring sizing from 6 to 5. When I received them I was very happy but couldn’t wear them right away as I was pregnant and my fingers were swollen. It’s been a year now, I noticed that all of the white gold rings what he sized changed color to yellow cooper like. I immediately went back to that jewelry store and he said that he had not coated them with rhodium and that he would charge me another $40 for each ring to bring it back to life. It was very frustrating to me as why he didn’t tell me that initially when he took on the job. I probably wouldn’t have sized all of the rings.
    Currently I am laid off and $40 for each ring is quite costly. Is there anything I can do to get him finish the job?

    • Dear Oksana,
      I’ll start by saying thank you very much for your kind feedback about my blog and answering of comments. I intended to be educational and found the comments and questions allowed a deepening of the conversation on the blog topics.
      There are a couple of issues here. Number one is, are these really white gold rings? A white gold ring shouldn’t turn yellowy coppery color especially sitting for a year in a jewelry box. These gifts may have been thought to have been white gold, but my suspicion is that they are costume metal which is more reactive and could indeed change color in a year just sitting in a jewelry box. By costume metal I mean it as a catch all phrase that covers various inexpensive base metals used to make inexpensive, but nice looking jewelry.
      If these are indeed costume jewelry rings the reaction and color change would be explained.
      Issue two is the way the jeweler interacted with you. First off if the metal was costume metal and the jeweler knew you thought it was white gold they should have stopped after the first sizing and called you and said, “we just wanted you to know that these rings appear to be costume and not 14kt white gold. This being the case do you still want to size them?” If you said yes then ideally they’d say, “your rings whether white gold or costume metal will need to have rhodium plating as the final step and that costs $40.00 per ring. Would you like to have us do that on all your rings?” At this point you’d have been informed that rhodium plating is done regularly on white gold ring sizings and costume white rings. You’d be better informed about the true cost of sizing.
      It almost sounds like the jeweler knew you were on a budget and probably couldn’t afford the rhodium and took you literally, “she said size them, she didn’t mention rhodium, not my problem, let’s get the sizing business and it’s on her about the plating.” That would be pretty unbusinesslike if that is what happened. And for sure not seeing your rings I do not know what they are made of and not knowing your jeweler I do not know what they thought or said.
      They did say I’ll size your rings for x amount of money. I do not feel that you can demand that they rhodium plate them for free as it is a costly process to do.
      I would talk to them about these issues however and find out if they knew you thought it was 14kt and if indeed they are 14kt or not. And why they didn’t educate you that white rings often need rhodium. Let them know how you feel not being educated and protected by them from unforeseen color change in your rings. It may feel good to have this conversation. Again I don’t think it’ll lead to free rhodium, but will perhaps change the way they deal with a similar situation with someone in the future. And that is a positive thing.
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  25. Hi. Is it possible to change a white gold wedding set to platinum? I seem to have an issue with the white gold where as the white gold “rubs off on both the engagement ring (one ct diamond) as well as the 1 ct diamond band. I wondered if platinum would make a difference.

  26. hi just got married and husband band to small b one size and would like to get engraved how much would it cost me and my engagement ring missing one stone could you just let me know how much it would cost

    • Hello Vicky,
      Congratulations on your recent marriage.
      It sounds like your husband’s band ring is too small for him. Without knowing how wide it is, whether comfort fit or not, whether it is yellow gold, white gold or platinum and whether it has gemstones or patterns I’m in the dark as to the time and cost that would be incurred. As far as providing engraving it’d depend on what was being engraved and whether it would be hand engraved, machine engraved or laser engraving. I write about each in this article:
      https://www.callagold.com/wedding-rings/engraved-rings-five-things-you-need-to-know/
      As far as telling you the cost to replace your missing diamond I’d need to see pictures of your ring. This is my article on the best pictures to send:
      https://www.callagold.com/education/how-to-send-ring-pictures-to-your-jeweler-effectively/
      The size of the lost diamond, the color and clarity of it and the possible damage to the prong or setting that held it before it fell out all impact the possible cost of this repair.
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  27. Hey, I loved your post it is very helpful.
    I just got engaged and I’m going to wearing my SO grandma’s wedding ring. The engagement ring and wedding band are already fused together and it is a little bit to small probably half a size. It is a white gold ring. Will it still be able to get resized with them being together. I would like to be able to send some pictures to find out how it will work and an approximate pricing.
    Thank You
    Brook

  28. Hello Calla,

    I took my platinum engagement ring to be resized after 40 years. It went from a size 5 to a size 7.
    Unfortunately after a couple of years it simple broke
    in two pieces. I returned to the jeweler who said I must have knocked it on a car door or swam in chlorine as the break was a stress break. I did neither. I feel he did not properly resize the ring and was extremely lucky that when it broke I was able to retrieve the pieces. Now I don’t know if I should get a brand new setting or try to repair the break.

    • Hello Emmie,
      It would help to see what your ring looks like. I’d like to see the thickness and if there is discoloration or cracking by the broken areas. Since your ring is platinum the chlorine problem doesn’t apply as it is a problem for white gold alloy metals and not for pure platinum.
      Some jewelers use white gold instead of platinum as the joining metal for platinum sizing work. If this was done and your ring is thin, that could be a factor. The fact that it broke in two pieces means even if the jeweler did some substandard work that at worse that would have effected the sized area or one part of the ring. It would not impact the second area that also broke.
      If you’d like to send pictures to me here is an article for guidance:
      https://www.callagold.com/education/how-to-send-ring-pictures-to-your-jeweler-effectively/
      Until I see your ring, like you I will be perplexed.
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  29. Hello Calla,

    I absolutely love the style of vintage rings, and I’ve found one I am interested in that is too small. It’s 14k white gold with a single diamond, thin band, and engraving down the sides (covers about half of the outside of the ring). If I do end up buying it, I’ll have to get it sized up from 5.25 to 7. Would the age or engraving of the ring make resizing harder?

    • Dear Margot,
      Sometimes I have found that older gold and the newer don’t play perfectly well together. I had an older ring that I reshanked. It was now strong as a horse and smiles all around. Until the solder connection area turned black. But it was karat gold. We re-did it and six months later that one area was black again. I reached out to a retired jeweler friend and described the problem and he understood it and came to my rescue and used his magic tricks which he did not share, and a year later the connection of ring and reshank remain gold colored and my client is most pleased.
      The engraving shouldn’t create a problem with the sizing unless some of it gets polished away and needs to be re-engraved.If it only goes half way down the shank of your ring the sizing shouldn’t pose a threat to its beauty.
      The thin band could be a problem. You may want to have your ring re-shanked to give it the strength it’ll need over the years. Here is my post about re-shanking:
      https://www.callagold.com/jewelry-repair/re-shanking-your-rings-what-why-and-when/
      I hope you love and enjoy your vintage ring. Vintage details are beautiful.
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  30. Thanks for the great info! What is the turn around time for a ring resizing? And, what are current resizing up estimates for platinum ?

    • Hi Greta,
      The turn around time for me is a week or so depending on how many jobs we’re doing at any one time.
      All rings are different which is why I gave examples with pictures.
      I’m glad you liked the info.
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

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