The Cost of Sizing a Ring Smaller

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This Thin Simple Gold Band Will be Easy and Quick to Size With no Extra Charges

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: $30 to $45.

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

The Oxidation on This Basketball Championship Ring Came off During Sizing and We Re-Applied it

The Oxidation on This Basketball Championship Ring Came off During Sizing and We Re-Applied it

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

This Ring Has Milgrain, Hammering and Matting all the Way Around the Ring. Your Jeweler Needs to be Able to Replicate it After Sizing

This Ring Has Milgrain, Hammering and Matting all the Way Around the Ring. Your Jeweler Needs to be Able to Replicate it After Sizing

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.

Cost of Sizing a Ring Larger vs Smaller

The Risk of Breaking the Inlaid Lapis isn’t the Only Risk Here. The Tall Soaring Design Top Area Can’t be  made smaller. So we Sized the Bottom into an  Oval Shaped Shank

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.

This Ring Was Sized and Completely Re-Enameled

This Ring Was Sized and Completely Re-Enameled

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

Final Words

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.

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

 

Ring Sizer Extraordinaire,

Calla Gold

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.

45 Comments

  1. Tracey on June 17, 2014 at 9:29 am

    This is excellent information on the pricing and the labor involved in sizing rings. I like that you discussed enameling, antique finishes and oddly shaped rings.
    There are jewelers out there who wouldn’t touch some of these issues with a ten foot pole. It’s good to let people know that they can be addressed by advanced jewelers.
    I liked seeing the pictures too.
    Do people ship sizings to you?

    • Calla Gold on June 17, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      Hi Tracey,
      People do ship rings to me. You are right that not all jewelers can deal with some of the complex issues that special finishes present. I’ve had more than one client show me a ring to be sized that one to three jewelers told her couldn’t be sized. I sized them all. The most challenging was an eternity band set with all emeralds.
      When she put it on for the first time in ten years she cried. She was so happy. I’ll never forget how she felt and how wonderful it felt to be the hero jeweler.
      That’s why I decided to add all these challenges. I hope someone who has been told something can’t be sized will see this and decide not to give up!
      Sizing all kinds of rings,
      Calla Gold

      • tenicha on March 1, 2016 at 11:04 am

        Hey im looking to size my ring smaller are you located in london or no and wats the cost hope to here back

        • Calla Gold on March 3, 2016 at 7:05 am

          Hello Tenicha,
          Thank you for writing. I am not in London. Actually I am in Santa Barbara California. That’s cool that my blogs are showing up there for you. Good luck finding a nice local jeweler to help you.
          Your Personal Jeweler,
          Calla

  2. Linda Perkins on June 21, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Thank you for breaking down the different costs involved in ring sizing.
    It was especially interesting to read about oxidation and how it comes off in sizing. Years ago I had an oxidized rose ring from a friend. I wore it for a couple of days and it was really too big. I had it sized down at a local jeweler that I just walked into. When I picked it up the oxidation was gone and all the rose flower details were now barely visible.
    I ended up losing it in a move.
    I had been sad that it didn’t look pretty after the sizing. The jeweler didn’t say anything and I didn’t say anything and it was just a huge, sad, quiet disappointment for me. I feel like reading this and understanding what happened just makes me feel better.
    This really helps me a lot!
    I just got jewelry closure!

    • Calla Gold on June 22, 2014 at 7:46 am

      Linda,
      Thank you so much for your story. I love that you got jewelry closure from understanding what happened. Your jeweler may have been a basic jeweler who wasn’t up to the fancier skills needed to deal with an oxidized ring. How unfortunate. Well now that you know what is needed I think you should get yourself a nice oxidized ring!
      For full closure!
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  3. Karen on September 12, 2014 at 4:04 am

    What about a rose colored band? I have a chocolate and diamond anniversary band with the diamonds ¾ around the band and I need it resized smaller. It has a rose colored band, I have never seen this color before and it is beautiful. Would I have a problem with that?

    • Calla Gold on September 12, 2014 at 7:33 am

      Hello Karen,
      I have been meaning to do a blog post about rose gold. Rose gold is very beautiful.
      It is a different animal for sure from white and yellow gold. Rose gold has a higher copper content to create the rose look. Copper is a very active metal in how it can change and react to heat. Often other metals used in rose gold alloy, like silver,can help overcome the problems copper can cause. But for every bit of silver used the rose color is slightly diminished.
      Here is an excerpt from information from Precious Metals West a company that creates alloyed metals for fabrication into jewelry and industrial uses.
      “Rose gold in 18kt is very, very difficult to get right. Gold by nature does not stay mixed with high copper alloys in 18kt. As the molten rose gold freezes, the copper separates back out and ruins the item. Copper is the active color ingredient of course, being the sole red metal we use. If we blend the copper with silver we get useful metal but at cost in color intensity. Casting 18k rose gold is best avoided. The grain structure needs all the help it can get. After you cast, quench (a cooling technique) timing will make or break your castings. Too soon, or even a bit too late and you get a mess.”
      Karen, I’m sharing this with you because it’s very important to use a jeweler with expertise in working with rose gold. I’ve seen rose gold rings sized by jewelers used to yellow and white with problems. Brittleness, little porous spots and rough texture are what I have observed.
      The ideal jeweler to use for sizing work on a rose gold ring, is a jeweler who designs rings in rose gold. This jeweler would be well aware of the quirks of using copper gold mixtures. I’d suggest going out of your way to carefully find the right jeweler for this work.
      Karen I also want to address the fact that you have diamonds going 3/4 of the way around your ring. I’d imagine this would be a fairly challenging sizing job because of that.
      One other thing to watch out for is the possibility that a diamond or two might pop out of its setting. When a ring is made smaller it can create a larger opening in the settings holding the diamonds. Something has to change for the circle to become tighter and smaller. The effect is greater the more of a change in the sizing amount. This is something the jeweler will probably warn you about. If a diamond does fall out it isn’t the jeweler’s fault it is a consequence of making the sizing change.
      I’m not saying don’t size your ring, just wanting you to have an idea of the cause and effect possible with sizing a ring smaller when there are that many diamonds that far down the ring design.
      I hope this is helpful and not scary!
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

      In 14kt or 10kt we can get excellent rose color in lighter or darker tones. The lighter tones contain more silver and are much softer than the darker mixes. Again, use deox alloys for casting, and non-deox for fabricating. Good rose gold solders are available; unfortunately, the best rose color still comes from cadmium type solders. Other solders do not have the same color, or flow at a high temperature.

      Precious metals west

  4. patrizia on October 2, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    I purchased a large mother of pearl silver doublet ring would a jeweler be able to size it down?

    • Calla Gold on October 3, 2014 at 6:04 am

      Hello Patrizia,
      Mother of pearl is highly sensitive to heat. It is also on the fragile side. It is maybe able to be sized by laser, probably not with open fire work. If it is glue set, a little heat applied at the back may break the glue bond and allow it to be removed for the sizing work. The method that your mother of pearl is set will be a factor in determining if it can be sized.
      I’m seeing a lot of rings being made these days that are made with no thought to future sizing. I have sadly had to say no to a number of silver fashion rings that needed sizing as the sizing would have destroyed the shells or stones which weren’t able to be easily un-set.
      Without seeing the ring I would not be able to tell you if it could be sized. I don’t know that a photo would answer my structural questions about sizing. Are you in the Santa Barbara area?
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  5. John Burton on December 15, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    I have a question? I just had my wedding band resized to 2 smaller sizes. When I went in to pick it up I was shocked to find the bill was considerably more than what was quoted. The jeweler said they needed to ADD gold. Is this normal? Adding gold to make it 2 sizes smaller?

    • Calla Gold on December 15, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      Hi John,
      Normally sizing a ring two sizes smaller doesn’t include adding gold. If it was super thin to begin with perhaps there was a need to add gold. However they should have mentioned that need to you so you could see for yourself that it was needed.
      Strange.
      Resizing jeweler,
      Calla Gold

  6. Sandra Jaime on January 7, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Have you ever heard of or is it acceptable to add little gold or silver balls to the ring to make it fit a smaller finger? My niece took her engagement ring to a jeweler at a flea market and all they did was add two tiny balls of gold to the inside. They did this, because she didn’t want them to cut the ring to make it smaller. Thanks in Advance.

    • Calla Gold on January 8, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      Hi Sandra,
      Adding speed bumps like this is generally done to help keep a ring from spinning. It can be done to make the ring feel a bit smaller. Proper sizing of the ring is the best practices technique however and I recommend it is the ideal solution.
      Thank you for asking.
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  7. Correne Garner on January 17, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    I purchased this ring from e bay. It is white gold with CZ stones. Could you resize it? They said it was a 8, but I think I need a 5. What is your opinion?

    • Calla Gold on January 17, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      Hello Correne,
      Could you email me a picture of your new ring? Going from an 8 to a 5 is an extreme sizing. Happily I do extreme sizings. They are kind of a specialty with me.
      My email is calla@callagold.com.
      Your Ring Sizing Jeweler,
      Calla Gold

  8. Sheenagh on March 29, 2015 at 2:02 am

    Hello,
    My boyfriend recently proposed to me with a beautiful ring bought overseas! It is a diamond and ruby engagement ring set in the shape of a flower.
    It is rather big by a few sizes- can you help?
    And how long does sizing take?
    Thank you for your help!

    • Calla Gold on March 29, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      Hi Sheenagh,
      I just emailed you in response. I’d love to size your engagement ring. Congratulations on your engagement!
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  9. Julian Nguyen on April 2, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Hello,

    I want to order this engagement ring (http://www.ndstoredotcom/collections/classic-solitaire/products/engagement-ring-ringlet).

    They only have size 4, but my gf’s ring finger is only size 3 or 3.25. Do you think you can help me size it down?

    Thank you!

    • Calla Gold on April 3, 2015 at 9:37 am

      Dear Julian,
      I see that the diamonds going down the sides appear to have four prongs each. I’d say yes I can size it to a 3 or 3.25….However I can’t just not mention what bothers me about this ring.
      1) The diamonds are K color. My experience with women who have K color diamonds in a wedding ring is that they want to upgrade to a G or so. K color is a bit grey, when it gets dirty, which let’s face it a ring worn daily gets dirty, it darkens further and is just disappointing looking from where I’m standing. See my blog on choosing diamond color:
      https://www.callagold.com/diamonds/choosing-diamond-color-how-to-shop-right-for-diamond-color/
      Next the clarity is I1, this means there are visible inclusions. For a daily wear ring, I1 is not a good choice. Those black carbon spots don’t sparkle with an “I love you forever” message. They shout, “I bought it on the internet on a budget” message.
      To read about diamond clarity check out my other blog:
      https://www.callagold.com/diamonds/shopping-for-diamond-clarity/
      Now that I’ve said all that I don’t know if you’re still speaking to me, but I am that truth telling jeweler. I want you to be a hero in your fiance’s eyes and even if she’s blinded by love I want you to be a hero in her friends and parent’s eyes. They will be looking for a sparkling symbol of your love and respect for your fiance.
      Don’t say “I love you” with icky diamonds, please.
      Your Butt-in-sky Jeweler,
      Calla

  10. Tania on May 4, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Hi I just received a wedding ring from my husband but the smallest size they had was a 4 and I need it to be a 3.5 but its sterling silver and I was wondering if you will be able to resize it

    • Calla Gold on May 5, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      Hi Tania,
      That definitely sounds like a ring I could size.
      I’d like to see it to check out the setting style to be sure it is sizable.
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  11. Tania on May 5, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    this is the ring set i bought from ebay, i want it be resize to a 3.5, if it is possible to resize it how much would it cost me and how would i get you to receive it, i live in Chicago would i be able to mail it out to you please let me know and thank you

  12. katie on June 7, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    hi bought a size6 ring but they sent me a size 10 could it be resized and how much i cant return it.

  13. Efe Okomowho on July 9, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Hi Calla,

    My ring size is 8.5 (I had my finger sized at Walmart), but the rings my husband got for our wedding are about 9.5 and 10. The larger one is especially large, and I currently wear both rings on my middle finger to keep them from slipping off.

    Please help; a fair idea of the price range for re-sizing would also be much appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Efe

    • Calla Gold on July 10, 2015 at 5:28 am

      Hello Efe,
      Thank you for emailing me pictures of your two rings. Each ring is nice and thick. I’m assuming your gemstones are diamonds and not heat sensitive. If they were not diamonds and were heat sensitive it would cost more as I’d need to use laser to size your rings.
      Here is my blog about laser used in sizing:
      https://www.callagold.com/jewelry-repair/how-laser-ring-soldering-fixes-fragile-and-unfixable-rings/
      If your gemstones are diamonds my guesstimate without having the rings in my hand is $75.00 to $90.00 each ring for sizing.
      Good luck in your marriage.
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  14. Susan on July 14, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Hi Calla, I have been really hesitant to take my husband’s ring it to get it downsized to fit my ring finger. It is about size 11, my ring size is prob 7.5. It has 3 diamonds on the diagonal, I think it would be a channel set. I am afraid that someone will tell me it can’t be sized down, that the diamonds would fall out of the channel without an expensive alteration. And also, like some of the other stuff I read, what would happen to the extra gold taken out? It has sentimental value to me and I would like it back, but if it would significantly reduce the sizing cost, I would let it go. I guess I need to have it looked at. Just haven’t wanted to get a rejection of my idea. Thanks!

    • Calla Gold on July 15, 2015 at 6:09 am

      Hi Susan,
      An excellent jeweler should be able to say yes to your extreme sizing. This is my blog on extreme sizing and costs:
      https://www.callagold.com/all-about-rings/the-cost-of-sizing-a-ring-extreme-sizing/
      The channel may open a bit due to the sizing, but that should be able to be addressed post sizing. If a jeweler says “no” or “it can’t be done” they may really mean, “I can’t do that” or “I can’t do that, but I don’t want you going to someone else.”
      Good luck making his ring fit you.
      As far as the extra gold. Let your jeweler know right off the bat you’d like to see the piece taken out and decide at that time after the sizing whether to keep it or use the credit toward the sizing charge. I’m guessing it’d be a very small part of the charge, but every little bit helps. The piece may be pretty messes up shape wise just so you know.
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  15. Kyla on January 4, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Hi Calla,

    A Canadian here, who is willing to pay shipping to get these fixed.. I have two sterling silver three-banded rolling rings. (aka russian wedding rings in recent years) Both me and my boyfriend of 4 years got them not only as promise rings, but also because we fidget, and these are a better alternative to those expensive spinning rings you can get. (aka my bf wouldn’t agree/didn’t like anything else)

    When we ordered them, we had no idea as to what our ring sizes were, and after looking at sizing charts, we ordered from a site that is based in America, but gets it’s stock from Australia. And thus, the sizes were different from what we needed. Far far too big in fact. I can stick the tip of my finger through the smaller sized ring and touch it with another fingertip on the other side.

    Both rings are very plain, no gemstones, just rounded strips of sterling silver. We both need drastic shrinkage. Needless to say, they are too big for my thumb even. How much would it be to re-size them? I used a string tied around both of our ring fingers at the correct sizes, since we now have no idea what our rings sizes are. Is this do-able? (yes I am some-what aware of what a rolling ring entails as to re-sizing, since there are three rings that must be able to fit through eachother, and fit around the finger correctly as to not slip off, and those little mm can be somewhat confusing as to how big to make the individual bands.)

    And to be honest, I would rather get an appraisal and resizing from someone who knows what they are doing, and has the experience to fix what other’s can’t.

    Thankyou so much for your time in reading this, I can upload some pictures if you need them.

    • Calla Gold on January 5, 2016 at 10:30 am

      Hello Kyla,
      You are right that different countries have different sizing systems and that is confusing. Another interesting thing is that because rolling rings are wide all together it makes figuring out the right size more difficult. I have sized rolling ring sets in the past. Each time I’ve measured the client with a narrow band and a wide band sizer, check out the pictures and explanation in this blog:
      https://www.callagold.com/wedding-rings/how-to-figure-out-your-finger-size/
      In this way we find out your wide and narrow band size. Then there is the fact that these are rolling rings. We have to kinda guess what your rolling ring size is. It’s complex. I just wanted to let you know, it’s not easy to nail it even if you know your wide and narrow sizes. It’s difficult to measure the exact size of each of the rolling rings because they have another couple of rings attached to them and we use a mandrill to measure the size of rings, a long gradually wider ring pole with ring sizes engraved on it. So when we put the rolling ring onto the mandrill to establish the baseline size, we do not get exact information. I just wanted to let you know, even the experts find some projects challenging.
      I’ll email you so you can email me pictures.
      Talk to you soon.
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  16. Anthony on March 21, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Hey there!
    I’m looking to purchase a ring for my girlfriend, and I found one I really think she would love (and it’s also what I believe to be a great deal, which is an added bonus!) but there is an issue! I’m not sure her ring size but if I believe it’s about a 4.5. The ring I like only comes in a 7 as the now smallest size. It is a black rhodium-plated sterling silver ring with a centre stone and small stones running down the band a bit. It’s also a set with a matching wedding ring.. My question is; would a size decrease of that amount, given the material, be completely impossible?
    Thank you for your time!

    • Calla Gold on March 22, 2016 at 8:16 pm

      Hello Anthony,
      Here’s the problem as I see it. Any sizing over 2.5 sizes is an extreme sizing. I blog about why extreme sizing is stressful on your ring and challenging to the jeweler:
      https://www.callagold.com/all-about-rings/the-cost-of-sizing-a-ring-extreme-sizing/
      When stones go down the shank of the ring it is more challenging. Stones can pop out later because in changing the roundness of the shape of the ring the settings get opened up a bit more.
      Then there is the black rhodium plating which will need to be reapplied. Which is an added cost.
      You mention there is a wedding ring with this ring. Hmm, I’m hating what a buzz kill I am being here, but sterling silver is a disappointing metal for daily wear and as a wedding ring. Its prongs don’t hold up as long as silver is just a softer metal. That special black finish will wear off quicker if it’s worn daily and if it’s sterling silver.
      Whatever savings you accrue getting this pretty ring, you’ll be spending in the future on maintenance. And at some point you’ll need to get an entirely new wedding set. This is all in my opinion. I haven’t seen this set that has captured your heart.
      So to answer your question, it is not impossible, just not a very good idea.
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla
      https://www.callagold.com/education/black-rhodium-plating-adding-pop-jewelry/

  17. Dixye on August 18, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Hi, so I have this silver ring with a gold band that is a size 12 I believe. The gold band has real gold in it and has a design of dragons all the way around it and their tails are twined together. I need it resized to maybe a 9 or 10. Would the gold band effect the cost? And if so how much??

    • Calla Gold on August 20, 2016 at 11:06 am

      Hi Dixye,
      Whenever you have two differing metals with different melting points joined together you have a more complex design and a more complex job to change it. Since the gold section has the eternity of joined dragons, which sounds gorgeous by the the way, making that smaller will also produce a challenge. One of your dragons will no doubt be incomplete, but if done well will be smoothly shortened.
      These two factors will add to the time and cost to alter your ring.
      You may send me pictures if you want my guesstimate of cost to size your two metal ring.
      Use the data in this article to choose your picture angles and for instructions how to successfully email them:
      https://www.callagold.com/education/how-to-send-ring-pictures-to-your-jeweler-effectively/
      I love dragons.
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  18. Jamie on September 29, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Had my hubbys hollow gold wedding band resized. It has seven diamonds. After I got it back I noticed small scratches on either side of the diamonds. They are set in a dip. I’m not sure why he messed with the diamonds. Would he have had to take them out to resize hollow gold? please help.

    • Calla Gold on September 29, 2016 at 8:38 pm

      Hi Jamie,
      Sizing a hollow wedding band is challenging as you want to make sure you don’t get a dent or noticeable bend area. Your jeweler may have put your ring in a vise and that vise may have gripped in the area of your husband’s diamonds. Possibly while sizing your husband’s ring a diamond or two may have popped out because it is hollow. Perhaps the marks are from re-setting the diamonds.
      Since I haven’t seen his ring, I am guessing at what could have happened. Based on my work on hollow rings.
      Theoretically the nicks or scratches could be polished out. It would depend on the angles available to the polishing wheel.
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  19. E on October 15, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    Hi, I’ve got a ring that’s maybe a size 13 or so and I need it sized down to a 6 and 1/2. It’s a 3 stone ring with 2 small inlaid baguette-cut stones on either side.

    With how many sizes I need to go down, do you think it is even possible to resize and keep the overall look? I’m not really a jewelry person so I’m sorry if I haven’t explained well, if you wouldn’t mind email correspondence I’d be happy to send a picture!

    • Calla Gold on October 22, 2016 at 6:59 am

      Dear E,
      My guess is that with your inlaid baguette diamond and three stone ring going from a size 13 to a 6.5, the shape of the curve would be pulled in so much that the baguettes which are flat would not be able to successfully beheld in their inlay mounting. By changing the roundness that much the settings of the gemstones are all very affected.
      If the setting style of the ring is one that you admire greatly, would you consider having a new correct size ring made with the same look but in the proper size? It is possible that with the smaller ring size that two or more of the diamonds in the ring design may not fit as their is half as much ring surface to work with.
      Since an extreme sizing is a sizing of three sizes or more a re-sizing of 6 sizes gets a new name. Epic sizing.
      I have sent you my blog post about the pictures you can send me if you’d like advice on your particular ring.
      This is the link:
      https://www.callagold.com/education/how-to-send-ring-pictures-to-your-jeweler-effectively/
      I have worked with people who have inherited rings that were wildly wrong sized for them and we have figured out either re-sizing, re-making of the same ring in the new size and re-design based on the original ring gemstones.
      I’d be happy to give you my opinion if you’ll send the various views of your ring to my email as specified in my blog post.
      It sounds challenging, and I like a challenge.
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  20. Dat Nguyen on December 13, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    I have a white gold, moissanite ring that needs to be sized smaller – from current size 6 down to size 4.5.

    The ring looks very much like this one posted on amazon: Link looked at and removed. It’s a simple engagement ring with a center gem and side gems on the band.

    How complicated a sizing job is this, and can you please give a rough cost estimate?

    Thanks,
    Dat

    • Calla Gold on December 14, 2016 at 7:17 am

      Dear Dat,
      That ring can be sized, maybe. You want it sized a good bit. It is doable, if it is a noble metal, gold or platinum. It appears that the side gems are channel set and it is unclear how securely they are set. One or more could fall out during the process and need re-setting. The ring will also need to be re-rhodium plated.
      I found the price to be consistant with sterling silver or base metal, not 14kt which is what the description suggested. The language describing this ring doesn’t come out and say it is made from 14kt white gold. I would inquire further before making this dicey purchase.
      If it is 14kt white gold and the gems are set well the cost to size would be around $125.00. However if this is a base metal ring suggesting a poor quality of gem setting it could be more. If the ring is made of lead based or chrome type metal it would not be sizable. One red flag for me is the use of the word “Fashion” on this “deal” page. Fashion is a code word in our industry, ie, a fashion ring, for costume or a base metal piece of jewelry. If it is costume it is made of metal that will not stand the test of time with workmanship that is suspect. And not a good choice for a gift of love. That is my opinion.
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  21. Kyle on January 6, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Thank you so much for this list! Recently got engaged and having this general knowledge really helps me feel a bit more comfortable regarding my wife’s ring. Definitely recommending this website for many of my guy friends who need the help! Haha

    • Calla Gold on January 7, 2017 at 8:29 am

      Hi There Kyle,
      I appreciate you turning me on to your guy friends. They will appreciate you for being “in the know.”
      I’m delighted that this was helpful to you.
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla

  22. Patrick on January 30, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    What about sizing a silver wedding ring? Can it be resized smaller? I am a 9 but the ring is a ten.

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