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
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!
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
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.
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