Dec 12

Ring Sizing, Weight Gain and Weight Loss

By Calla Gold

Don’t Wait to Size Your Ring

White Gold Eternity bands and Engagement Ring

This Symbol of Love Never Wants to be Left in the Jewelry Box

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.

Hand Engraving on Yellow Gold Three Diamond Engagement Ring

This Wedding Ring Wants to go Where You Go

“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.”

“You do?”

“Multiple times.”

“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

Stretches rings

The Ring Stretcher Machine. I do Not Own One.

“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

Bench Jeweler Working on a Ring, ring sizing

Carmen, One of My Bench Jewelers Prepares to Size a Ring

“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.

Yellow Gold Bezel set Sapphire and Diamond ring

Wear it Don’t Warehouse it!

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!

Your Santa Barbara Repair Jeweler Calla Gold


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


24 thoughts on “Ring Sizing, Weight Gain and Weight Loss

  1. I had no idea it was so easy to size a ring. It is true that just like clothes that languish in the closet we let jewelry languish in our jewel boxes because they don’t fit anymore. As a coach, I can say neither is a good thing. Get it out, get it fixed and if you don’t want to, then get rid of it!
    Dr. Lynn K. Jones, Ceritified Personal and Executive Coach

  2. Calla Gold, Thanks for this ring sizing really good information. There’s no reason not to wear your wedding ring when sizing can be done very simply and inexpensively.

  3. That is so true that your wedding ring is your Ring of Love and it does represent your marriage. Calla Gold is the best fine Jeweler in Santa Barbara to have my ring re-sized with. After this I’ll know I can wear my ring anytime whether I gain or lose weight. I’ll just have it sized. Thanks Calla for letting us know you can size your ring multiple times.

  4. I love jewelry , especially my favorite rings. Why have a beautiful ring if it sits anywhere than on your finger. Personally, I would get frustrated by not wearing a ring that I love! Perhaps the symbolism of the original ring has changed over the years, if so, then why not change out the design of the ring to fit and feel anew to where you as a couple are now. Change is good and it’s a reason to celebrate.

    • Jackie, I really like what you said about the symbolism of the original rings changing as the couple changes. That certainly is a reason to celebrate. And it’s really about the couple, not whether their finger is the perfect size! Let’s size those rings and change those rings and most of all wear them!
      Calla Gold

  5. Sizing a ring is so important and I’m glad Calla Gold takes all important details like this into consideration when working on a ring. It’s a good indication of someone who pays attention to detail when a Jeweler writes a blog post like this. I’m glad to know the difference between ring stretching and ring sizing. That’s the kind of thing you want to know about when you choose your jeweler.

  6. So you don’t own a ring stretcher. But do you own a finger thinner? If so, you could expand that to a waist thinner and make a FORTUNE! I vote for the finger thinner!

  7. Thanks for the great advice! I have gained some weight and can’t wear my engagement ring or wedding band. Now I just need to find a good reputable jeweler in my area. That is not something I want just anyone doing!

    • Dear Rene,
      It makes me so happy that you will be re-sizing your ring. In looking for someone local, try which has an active community of local reveiwers. Also look for a local jewelry store that specializes in jewelry repair.
      Wish you lived closer,
      Calla Gold

  8. Such a great post, explained what needed to be done and I love the sentimentalism of the post as well. I have been thinking about buying a new ring just so my finger isn’t bare anymore. It has been over 9 years since I was pregnant and I haven’t fit my wedding ring since.
    I am going to look for a jeweler in Canada to get my ring back on my finger this month.
    Thanks 🙂

    • Dear Michelle,
      I’m so pleased that your ring is going to get sized and put back on your hand for the right reasons. It belongs there.
      Your Personal Jeweler,

  9. I had just dropped my wedding set off to be re-sized after wearing a silver set for 4 years. I MISSED my original set, the ones my husband slid on my finger 22 years ago. I was thinking maybe it was a bad idea and I should have stuck with the silver rings I bought. But after finding your website I am so glad I dropped mine originals off to re-size and my feelings were right. MY RINGS ARE SPECIAL. Thanks so much for the great info.

    • Dear Liz,
      I am so happy that you will be reunited with your original wedding set that your husband put on you 22 years ago. Well done. I hope that the next time it needs repair or sizing that you’ll bring it right in.
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla Gold

  10. I have not taken my wedding rings off since I was able to put them back on after having my daughter . . . she just turned 19. I have gained weight, and they were relatively snug to begin with, and I cannot get them off. Now I am facing surgery, and I have to take them off for that procedure. If I know they need to be resized, should I try to remove them without cutting them, or should I just take them to a jeweler to have them cut off?

    • Hi Shaunie,
      If your rings are too tight to remove I would recommend having a jeweler use a ring saw to remove them. Before doing that however, check out my blog post on ring removal and try the techniques:
      Having the jeweler remove it is good because they can then rebuild it in the right size after your surgery.
      Your Personal Jeweler,

  11. Hi guys,
    Sometimes we have questions about many different topics, but we don’t know how, or to whom we can ask for help. I would like to share with you something that happened to me no too long ago. I needed some advice with my wedding ring, and I started looking on the internet for jewelry shops and one of the numbers I found was for Calla Gold.
    I started thinking how can I reach this person, and I kept on reading, and her website encouraged me to call her, she says “if you have any questions call me”, so I thought no, she must be very busy to answer; of course she is going to encourage us to call her, but will she have the time to just answer a few questions?
    Anyway after thinking for long time, I decided to call. The worst case scenario will be she doesn’t answer, she hangs up the phone on me, or she is going to say “I am very busy, I cannot talk to you now”. Even though I was worried about the outcome I called her.
    Surprise, Surprise, her assistant answered the phone. I asked her about my question, she immediately answered you need to talk to Calla and said she’d see if Calla was free. When she said that to me, I thought to myself -there you go, she is not going to be available – but No!!! That was not the case, amazed, Calla answered the phone straightaway.
    CALLA GOLD like her name, is a golden woman in all extensions of the word. To make the long story shorter, with a phone call and multiple emails, she helped me with my jewelry issues, was very knowledgeable, answered all the questions I had (and I had a lot) and was very patient and kind.
    She cleared all my worries and clarified a murky situation I was having with another jeweler. Because of her advice I made the correct decision. CALLA GOLD helped me without hesitation. And even after that she continued give me tips, and shared with me her valuable time. When she says that she can help you she truly means it!!!! Thank you Calla!!

    • Dear Nancy,
      I am so thrilled that I was able to help you. Your questions were good and your situation complex.
      I too feel that when I’m out of my element I want to be able to just talk to someone who knows as that cuts out a ton of wasted time. It makes me so happy to be that person that cut through the murky issues with you.
      Your Personal Jeweler,

  12. Hi Calla,
    What about a platinum wedding band? My husband has not been wearing his wedding band because it just became too tight and doesn’t fit him anymore. The flesh around it was bulging out and when he finally got it off, the ring had left a deep indentation on his finger! He’s usually joking about his clothes shrinking, but this time he was speechless. Just kidding! To be fair, I’ve put on weight since our wedding too but, fortunately it has not affected my ring size:) Anyway, into a jewelry box his wedding ring went, and was all but forgotten. I reminded him about it on and off and he has been quite nonchalant about it not fitting him anymore. Not not all jewelers work with platinum, I’ve heard. What would the approximate cost be to size a thin (probably about 3 mm plain, uniform all around, not too heavy platinum band) a size or size and 1/2 up? We live in the Seattle area. Thanks!

    • Hi Sheila,
      I’m going to guess in the $100.00 to 135.00 range.
      We love Seattle and were just up there for a fun visit a few months ago. Happily there is a direct flight from Santa Barbara. We flew up took the public transport from the airport to one block from our hotel, adventured around, never needing a car for five days. Loved it! And the food! Yum!
      Your Personal Jeweler,

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