Jun 11

Fixing Bent Rings and Cracked Rings

By Calla Gold

Ring bent

Classic Example of a Bent Ring

Bent Rings and Their Causes

Have you ever had a ring bend out of shape? The bottom of a ring, or the shank, is the part of your ring most susceptible to bending. As a fixing jeweler, I fix bent rings frequently. It seemed like time to share with you what I’ve told my clients.

Three Causes of Bent Rings

1. Your ring shank is too thin.

2. Your ring is too large for your finger.

3. Lifting heavy objects or tightly grasping hard objects.

Is That Ring Shank of Yours too Thin?

The most common reason for a shank bending “out of round” is that it’s too thin. It may have been too thin to begin with or it may have worn down over the years. It may be too thin from the top of the shank to the bottom (the depth) or it may be too thin from one side to the other (the width). Chances are both dimensions are undersized.

Are You Wearing a Ring That is too Large a Size for You?

A lesser known reason for your bent rings is  that your ring is sized too big. Instead of fitting snuggly around the finger—and being protected by it—the ring shank sticks out more and is more vulnerable to pressing against hard objects grasped by the hand.

gym weight in hand

Happily This Person is Not Wearing Their Ring While Lifting!

Heavy Lifting and Gripping Can Bend Your Ring

Picking up hard-handled briefcases, suitcases, weights and hard edged boxes can concentrate the force onto the shank of a ring and cause it to bend.

Activities like golfing and baseball can be hard on any thickness of ring shank, as well. Tightly gripping the hard shaft of a golf club or baseball bat can cause a ring to bend. I’m sure there are lots of other ways!

Cracked Ring Shanks and Paperclips

I’ve known numerous people who’ve had their rings “re-rounded” only to have the shank crack a little while later. Sometimes the ring was bent out of shape at the time of the cracking and sometimes not.

What’s happened? You know what happens to a paperclip after bending it bending it back and forth four or five times, right? It breaks!

Engagement Ring Cracked

This Engagement Ring was Cracked in Two Places by the Time I Got my Hands on it.

The same thing can happen to a thin ring shank. Every time you wear the ring, it bends—even if only very, very slightly. Coming into contact with hard objects can hasten the cracking.

The Solution (1) to Bent Rings

There are two things you can do. The first is to have a good jeweler check your finger size. If your ring is too big, size it down.

If you have issues with large knuckles and that is the reason your rings are sized too big see my blog post on solutions for large knuckles and ring wearing.

See Your Doctor, er Jeweler for Solution (2) to Bent Rings

The second thing to do is have your jeweler check the depth and width of your ring shank. If it’s too thin, get it re-shanked. This involves cutting out the bottom section of the ring and replacing it with a thicker piece of custom made ring shank.

It’s usually a straightforward process. I’ve re-shanked hundreds of rings. See my blog post on re-shanking rings

Eternity ruby ring, cracked

This Ring was Turned Down Three Times by Jewelers for Repair

Give me a call if your ring is too big, bent, or cracked. Let’s fix it and figure out what caused it so that doesn’t happen again.

Eternity band with rubies.

Happy Ending! I Fixed This Lovely Ruby Cracked Eternity Band

Ring Fixing Jeweler,
Calla Gold

36 thoughts on “Fixing Bent Rings and Cracked Rings

  1. Calla Gold, I this information is really helpful. Most people would think that it’s only thin ring shanks that bend. But there are, as you explain here, other reasons why rings bend.
    People should so read this if they wear rings.

    • Hi Tracey,
      It has come up a number of times recently, so it was like slap upside my head, I should blog this! So I did!
      Calla

  2. Calla-thanks for this great information to be aware of with bending rings. Find out the problem, fix it, then best of all-WEAR it!

  3. Thank you for this information! It has helped me identify why my wedding band has bent after only 4 months! It’s 2&half sizes too big!! Most helpful!!

  4. Hello Calla Gold, I have an old Gold signet ring that has been in the family for some time.

    It has cracked completely across and is of course too thin.

    CAN THIS BE FIXED ????

    • Hi David,
      It can be fixed. The question is what is the best way to fix it. A band-aid repair would be to solder it at the breaking points so it was whole, but for how long.
      Another method that’d be more lasting which I used on a man’s wedding band who wouldn’t give up his super thin and cracked in half wedding band, is to cast up a replica is shape to your signet ring. Then I’d mount your thin signet on top of it and make it seemless at the connection.
      So you are still looking at your signet ring, it just has thickness and strength below it to keep the repair supported. To give it integrity again.
      I hope this answers your question David.
      Calla Gold

    • Hi Jackie,
      Seeing a picture of your ring would help. If I can straighten it on my ring pole with heat and gentle working of the metal it’d be under $50.00. If it’s bent because it’s too thin, your ring may need to be re-shanked. Check out my blog about that with a video – https://www.callagold.com/jewelry-repair/re-shanking-your-rings-what-why-and-when/
      Re-shanking costs more and is bid on a case by case basis.
      If your ring is too large for your finger, that can allow the bending to take place. Your ring may need to be reshaped and sized. That would entail the reshaping charge and a sizing charge. Sizing charges depend on many factors.
      Would you like to email me a few pictures and details of the karat of your ring? My email is calla@callagold.com
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  5. Do you have any suggestions about how thin is too thin? I’m very active (carry my bike up and down stairs, garden) but I do like the look of a thinner band, and I’d a ring I could wear every day. Is 2mm enough to resist bending?

    • Hello Hanah,
      Thank you for your question. Lifting a bike would certainly stress a too thin ring shank. (Portion of the ring coming down from the main design to the underneath of your hand.) When I speak of too thin I also include the depth measurement of your ring. Not just the width. I have custom made thin/narrow rings that I made thick in the depth measurement department. That thick depth can stabilize a ring design that otherwise would be too fragile for your lifestyle.
      Two millimeters is too thin normally, but if it is important enough to you, have your ring custom made by a jeweler who will build in strength and depth.
      You might want to read my post about strength in ring design:
      https://www.callagold.com/wedding-rings/wedding-jewelry-vs-occasional-jewelry-four-pillars-of-a-daily-wear-ring/
      There is a picture of a ruby engagement ring I made for a client in the post. Notice that the depth of that ring is pretty thick compared to many other rings sold on the market today.
      It is that kind of depth, 2mm or greater that will determine whether your daily wear ring is a joy or a disaster.
      Designing for those daily wear rings,
      Calla Gold

  6. My ring is crack on bottom of my ring. Should I just get it soldered together? Or get the new shank?

    • Hi Kelly,
      Without seeing your ring I am not sure which way to go. In case you haven’t read it this is my blog post about re-shanking with pictures.
      I’d need to see pictures of your ring to know which way you’d be advised to go.
      I’d also want to know what your ring is made of.
      Comment back here with a bit more information.
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  7. Hi Calla,
    I recently had my child which led to an emergency C section. I had to have my wedding band and engagement ring cut before surgery. So the nurse had to cut my rings and she did a good job at cutting them both. Would you be able to put my rings back together or what would you recommend?
    Mrs. Mitchell

    • Dear Mrs. Mitchell,
      Congratulations on the birth of your child. I’d like to figure out your current finger size and then put your rings back together.
      I have done this many times. Are you local to Santa Barbara?
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  8. I have a white gold ring which has split at the bottom. how much do you think the would cost to be fixed?

    • Hello Hannah,
      I can’t see your ring. But let’s assume you’ll need it to be rhodium plated after the soldering or laser welding is done. This would need to be done since you have white gold. And white gold is rhodium plated when manufactured and that needs to be reapplied now and then as maintenance. Heat work necessitates re-application.
      I’d say for costs, $30.00 for the fix and $25.00 for the rhodium plating. It is possible that it split because it is slightly too large for you. That is a frequent cause for ring splitting, as is a too-thin ring shank at the bottom.
      If the ring is too large have it re-sized at the time of your repair. If your ring is quite thin at the bottom and fits well then it probably needs to be re-shanked. This is my blog post about re-shanking:
      https://www.callagold.com/jewelry-repair/re-shanking-your-rings-what-why-and-when/
      I notice you are writing from the UK. These prices are in American dollars.
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  9. Hi,
    My daughter was taken to ER to have her wedding ring cut in 2 places due to a swelling finger. It is a platinum ring.

    I am looking for a top jeweler as mentioned above as yourself that can repair rings such as these.

    Do you know what repair generally run to repair such a process. I can send pics, if you provide an email where I can send them to.

    Thank you

    • Hello Eddie,
      Thank you for finding me.
      Between spider bites, medication reactions and accidents I’ve had a lot of opportunities to remove rings and repair them. I’ll email you privately.
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  10. is there a home remedy to fix my ring that split its rose gold plated

    • Hello Wanda,
      I am afraid that is a job for a jeweler. It needs open flame solder or laser welding to put Humpty Dumpty back together again.
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  11. I was told after resizing a ring because it’s sterling silver there is a chance it will crack. But I couldn’t wear it as big as it was, so I sized it. Annnnd…. two months later it’s cracked and bent. Any way of making it stronger so it won’t crack again?

    • Dear Kat,
      Sterling silver is a malleable and soft metal. Chances are the area that cracked was thin and can be soldered to be whole again. The bending is just responding to perhaps lifting something where all the weight pressed on the bent part of the ring. I bent one of my rings at an airport carrying my suitcase. The bending probably has nothing to do with the sizing. It probably would have bent anyway.
      The cracking may or may not be related to the sizing that you did. It should be fixable. Fix it, wear it and love it.
      As far as keeping it from happening again, maybe re-shanking it thicker could help strengthen it. I’ve written about this:
      https://www.callagold.com/jewelry-repair/re-shanking-your-rings-what-why-and-when/
      It’s possible that the bending of your ring caused the cracking of t he design. The shank of your ring, or the bottom part is like the foundation of your ring, if it isn’t stable it destabilizes the upper parts of the ring.
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  12. So I have this ring passed from my mom to me but because of an accident, it went under a table and it got seriously bent. The circle became a deformed pear-like shape. I tried fixing it with pliers by unbending it but it got a crack. I’m pretty sure that if I try to unbend it even more, it’ll crack apart. What should I do? I don’t know when and where my grandfather brought it from. I live in the Philippines by the way so I think it’s impossible to have you fix it. I’m not sure, but I think it’s made of silver. I’m just 13 years old and I haven’t told my parents about this.

    • Hello Franceska,
      I’d recommend bring the ring into a jeweler who sizes and fixes rings. With a little heat and solder they can fix the crack and a little more heat and a round shaped mandril can re-round the shape of the ring. Good luck.
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  13. It was really nice that you explained that a ring that is very thin bends whenever the person takes it off or puts it on and that doing this repetitively will cause it to crack. The same thing happened to my sister’s wedding ring because the shank is too thin. There are even times when she doesn’t want to wear it for fear that it will snap. I will ask her to take it to the jeweler for repairs. Then maybe she can ask the professional to make the shank a little thicker. Is that actually possible?

  14. I’m looking to see how much it will cost me to get the band to a good ring fixed as it is really thin and bent it is a size J o believe can you help me?

    • Hello Charlie,
      Hmmm, the ring size J tells me you aren’t in the US. I’m thinking you’ll want a jeweler on your continent. I’m in the United States.
      Where are you?
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  15. I recently received my grandmother’s engagement ring. It is very misshapen. I took it to a jeweler to be fixed and sized for me and they told me they cannot do it. The stones are moissanite, not diamonds. So they said no jeweler will fix it because heat will cause the entire ring to explode. Just looking for a second opinion on that? Thank you!

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