Fixing Bent Rings and Cracked Rings

 

Ring bent

Classic Example of a Bent Ring

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.

Heavy Lifting and Gripping Can Bend Your Ring

gym weight in hand

Happily This Person is Not Wearing Their Ring While Lifting!

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.

 

Eternity ruby ring, cracked

This Ring was Turned Down Three Times by Jewelers for Repair

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

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

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About Calla Gold

Calla Gold is a Personal Jeweler and Author who takes pride in working with clients one-on-one to integrate their personal sense of style and taste into custom designed jewelry and repaired jewelry pieces.   Unlike typical Santa Barbara jewelry businesses, Calla Gold has no brick-and-mortar location. Calla Gold comes to you, bringing you the jewelry collection you want to see and collaborating with you to create unique custom jewelry. Calla also works with at-a-distance clients.

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Tracey Mikami

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.

Alison
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Alison

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!

natalie
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natalie

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!!

David Midgley
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David Midgley

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 ????

jackie
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jackie

hi can you give me an idea on how much to repair a bent wedding ring thankyou

Hanah
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Hanah

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?

kellysorenson
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kellysorenson

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

Mrs. Mitchell
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Mrs. Mitchell

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

Hannah
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Hannah

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

Eddie Glorioso
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Eddie Glorioso

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