This is a continuation of my last week’s post about the cost of Sizing a Ring Larger vs Smaller. Do read last week’s post which lists different factors effecting ring sizing costs. Last week’s are different from those addressed in this week’s post. There are quite a few. If you haven’t read it, check it out!
Beyond the normal average ring sizing costs, there are design and detail aspects of rings that effect the costs whether you are sizing them larger or smaller.
What is Involved in Sizing a Ring Smaller?
Unlike sizing a ring larger, in which gold (or platinum or silver) is added, in sizing a ring smaller gold is taken away.
I am often asked what happens to the little piece of metal that was cut out of the shank. The answer is that it’s credited against the overall cost of the sizing.
All other factors being equal, sizing a ring smaller costs less than sizing a ring larger due to the reduced material costs.
The range of cost for sizing a ring smaller, let’s say a simple thin gold ring with no gemstones sized a half to one full size: $38 to $55.
Plating Finishes and Their Effect on Sizing Costs
High heat causes gold and rhodium (white) plating to melt and run. This means that anytime a ring has to be soldered, it will also have to be re-plated.
As you might have guessed by now, this adds additional cost to the re-sizing process.
Range of cost to re-plate your ring: $25 to $45
Dark Oxidation and It’s Effect on Sizing Costs
Just like with sizing plated rings, oxidation will come off during the heat of soldering. Once again, the ring will have to be re-oxidized and this will add to the cost.
Range of cost to re-oxidize your ring: $15 to $55.
Unique Finishes, Matted, Hammered, etc. and Their Effect on Sizing Costs
Brushed, satin, hammered, and other finishes will most likely have to be reapplied during the sizing process. This is especially true with rings that have to be sized up.
The surface of the metal around the sizing area gets buffed and re-worked when sizing smaller or doing any solder work. The metal finish will have to be matched to correspond to the original finish.
Range of cost to reapply special finishes to your ring: $20 to $65.
Unusual Rings by Shape or Style and Their Effect on Sizing Costs
Some rings are much more challenging to be sized because of their unusual design. With some rings the only way to make them smaller is to make them slightly oval from the top of the ring downward. We make the shank smaller and it pulls upward toward the top.
When I have been forced to do this, I’ve seen that it didn’t cause discomfort and my client was thrilled to wear her ring again. Your jeweler spends more time on these challenging rings.
Range of cost for extra time and care for your artistic and unusual ring: $50 to $150.
Enamel Rings, Yes They Can be Sized, And Enamel’s Effect on Sizing Costs
You may know that the heat of sizing will probably melt your enamel. The change in shape of your ring as it subtly flexes may crack your enamel. One way or another sizing your ring with enamel on it should involve a jeweler who deals with enameling.
A good enamel worker will be able to fairly closely replicate your enamel color. But do expect some difference in color as enamellers hand mix their colors and it is an artistic and somewhat unpredictable process. Like glazes used in firing pottery the powder looks one color before firing and another after firing.
Range of cost for re-enameling your ring: $75 to $250
Hopefully this helps you to understand the work needed on your special ring. And hopefully this answers some of your questions and helps you to predict approximate costs for upkeep of your ring.
Ring Sizer Extraordinaire,
More in the cost of sizing rings series:
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