Don’t Wait to Size Your Ring
Georgia worked at a small plumbing supply house and I dropped in at her office the other day to say hello when I was in the neighborhood.
Being the Santa Barbara Repair Jeweler that I am, I immediately noticed she wasn’t wearing her wedding ring. Oh, no! I hoped this didn’t mean she was getting a divorce.
Georgia’s Wedding Ring Situation
“Ah…I was going to check the prongs on your wedding ring, but I just noticed that you’re…ah…not wearing it,” I said, a bit alarmed.
“Oh, I know!” she said. “I gained all this weight and it just doesn’t fit anymore. Come the New Year, I’m going to join Weight Watchers and start working out at the gym. I figured once I’d lost a few pounds, I’d call you to come size it.”
Ring Wearing Has NOTHING to do With Your Weight
“Georgia!” I exclaimed. “Not OK! Your wedding ring is your ‘Ring of Love’ and represents your marriage and you should be wearing it so all the world can see you’re still married to Kenneth.” She nodded embarrassedly.
“I bet since you haven’t been wearing the ring, you’ve been asked more than once if everything was alright with you and the man,” I asked.
“Yes! And it always makes me feel a little awkward…as if they don’t really believe me!” she responded. “As if they thought I was just using ‘weight gain’ as an excuse. Can you believe it?”
Not Wearing Your Wedding Ring Can Send the Wrong Message
“Unfortunately…I can believe it,” I said. “You’re not the first woman whose weight has fluctuated one way or another. I size rings up and down all the time.”
“Doesn’t it hurt to do ring sizing too much?”
“Not at all. In fact, in addition to your ring sizing, I’ll check your prongs, and clean and polish your ring so it looks brand new. It’s like taking your car in for a tune up…With a car wash!”
To Stretch…Or not to Stretch
“I’ve always been worried, though, about stretching the ring to size it bigger,” Georgia said. “I had a ring stretched before I married Ken and it never felt the same. The shank was so thin afterwards and it ended up cracking!”
“The good news is I don’t stretch rings,” I said.
“You don’t? What do you do?”
How Ring Sizing Should be Done
“If I’m sizing the ring up, I cut the bottom of the shank, pull the two sides gently apart, and add a whole new section of gold. After I polish it up, you can’t even tell where I sized it.”
“Wow. Ah…if I brought my ring in tomorrow, you couldn’t come in and pick it up, could you? I actually would like to start wearing it again.”
“I’d be happy to. How’s two o’clock?”
What’s the Takeaway Message Here?
Ring sizing can be done repeatedly. There’s absolutely no reason to let a ring that doesn’t fit anymore languish in the dusty recesses of your jewelry box.
People gain weight. People lose weight. Big deal! It’s part of the human condition. So don’t punish yourself because you gained or lost a few pounds. Call your Jeweler to size your rings! You deserve to wear your rings, they are yours!
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
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