How Much Does it Cost to Size my Eternity Band Ring?
“Can my Eternity Band Rings Even be Sized? I was Told it Couldn’t!” I’m a jeweler in Santa Barbara. As a wedding jewelry design specialist I make a lot of eternity band rings. When you know how to make them, it makes it easier to figure out how to change them.
I specialize in sizing eternity band rings. It’s not easy, I’m not gonna lie, but it can often be done. I’ll give examples and prices of eternity bands I’ve worked on later in this blog. Read my commentary on eternities or skip to the examples.
You May Need to Replace Some Gemstones When Your Eternity Band Ring is Sized
Any time you have colored gems on the bottom of your ring they are going to get scratched up. Pretty soon they’ll look dirty to you all the time. Chances are that’s not dirt you’re seeing, but scratched-to-dullness you’re seeing.
Those same colored gemstones when on the top side of a ring, get a lot less rough touches than the ones on the bottom. That is why you need to do more gemstone replacement with eternity bands than normal rings. See job #2.
It’s the price we pay to wear our awesome and beloved eternity bands!
“I Haven’t Worn my Eternity Band Ring for Ten Years Because it Doesn’t Fit!”
What breaks my jeweler’s heart is hearing from someone that they’re not wearing their ring because one or more “jewelers” (probably uninformed sales people), have said, “it can’t be sized.” What they should say is, “I don’t do that.” But when a jeweler says, “it can’t be done ,” it sounds kind of final.
I recommend that the next time someone says to you, “it can’t be done,” get a second opinion. Preferably from a jeweler who also designs jewelry. A jewelry designer understands how jewelry is put together and isn’t as stumped by the difficulties offered by an eternity band.
Job # 1 – 14kt Yellow and White Gold Eternity Band – Restoration and Sizing. Cost of Work $750.00.
My lovely new client had worn her ring daily for years and there were many missing rubies.
It also was so large on her that it could fall off if she shook her hand. She’d lost weight gradually and hadn’t realized how poorly fitting it had become.
The work we did to restore it included two new yellow gold outer bands, new bezel settings and new rubies where others were missing, re-tipped prongs, sizing from 8 – 6 and did general gold repairs within the design itself.
Job #2 – 14kt White Gold Eternity Band with Alternating Rubies and Diamonds. Sized and Replaced all Rubies. Cost of Work $460.00.
This eternity band ring had been inherited and not ever worn by my client because it didn’t fit her.
She was really excited that I could size it. We agreed that replacing the ten rubies would be a great idea. I also did needed prong re-tipping.
I built a new white gold setting and added a new diamond. Where the work was done to enlarge her rings there are two diamonds next to each other. I sized her eternity band from size 4 to size 5.
Job #3 – 14kt White Gold Eternity Band Sized two Sizes Larger and Added One Diamond. Cost of Work $255.00.
This was a previously worn ring. It was exactly what my bride-to-be was looking for. She just needed it to be larger.
Happily for her in going two sizes larger I basically added a section of setting and one diamond and it was a nice fit for her.
I needed to use laser welding to make the connections so as not to damage the surrounding diamonds. Laser welding with its lack of heat conductivity also ensures that any earlier solder points connecting nearby settings won’t be undone by heat.
Job #4 – Platinum and Diamond Eternity Band Sized 1.5 Sizes Larger. Cost of Work $750.00
This was an inherited ring. It was too small for my client. She and her husband had tried a couple of times to get it sized and were told no. They visited me in Santa Barbara from Los Angeles to show it to me.
The scallop style of curve downs between each prong were quite deep and were what made it so beautiful. It was a challenge.
A new matching setting had to be created in wax, then cast up and placed securely and aesthetically in the ring. It was time consuming and technically challenging to make the connection seamless. We used laser welding for the connection.
When it was all done I was really pleased with it. As was my long distance client.
“Will My Ring Look the Same When it Gets Sized?”
One of the nice things about eternity band rings is they look fantastic no matter how they turn around so if they are a tad too large it is not problematic. A ring that is half a size too large with a top heavy design is a problem and ring spinning can occur. With an eternity band, ring-spinning would never be a problem and so a half size too big is no biggie.
Because we need to add or subtract gemstones to change the size, we can’t achieve an exact size. When I size a ring with a plain metal base, or bottom of ring, I can control the finished size. But once gemstones are involved they guide the finished size.
I like to err on the too big, not too small side when sizing an eternity. If your diamond eternity band which is size five, has good sized diamonds in it and you want to go to size six, you likely won’t be able to. To enlarge it, using the same size diamonds may make it a six and a half or a five and three quarters. This is because of the size of the diamonds.
Since your hands are more likely to get larger, go with the larger size option.
“What if I Really Need an Exact Size for my Eternity Band?”
If the size you need is not achievable, because the size of the added gemstone and setting is just wrong, a sizing bar of just gold or platinum can be made. When I’ve made these I often engrave them. It can make it harder to tell that there is no diamond there.
I once made a tiny puffy heart in gold in the sized area and it looked fantastic.
In job#3, above, she actually needed it to be 1.5 sizes larger. By adding one diamond it would be two sizes larger using the same size of diamonds she had. If she’d wanted to have it exactly 1.5 sizes larger I’d have had to make a plain gold sizing bar area to enlarge it.
So How Much to Size My Eternity Band Ring?
An all diamond eternity band is easier to work with as diamonds are tougher than other gemstones. Prong settings are easier to work with than channel settings or bezel settings. I’m not saying the more challenging gemstones and settings cannot be sized, just that they are harder.
An average 14kt white gold diamond eternity band ring with 5 point each (1 point = 1/100th of a carat) diamonds prongs set, to size 1 size larger could be around $250.00. The same ring made 1 size smaller could be closer to $200.00.
This is in no way a guarantee of the price you’ll pay. These example are here to give you a ballpark idea.
Eternity Band Sizing Jeweler,
Check out my other sizing blogs!
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?
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
So, in fact, they aren’t “eternity” rings if they can be resized? Just a little word playing with you. This is really interesting, and I bet a lot of people are really glad you wrote this post. That really drives me crazy when “it can’t be done” is used instead of “I don’t know how” or something similar.
Hi Amy, You are such a word smith. Actually making the ring your size and still all the way around with diamonds or other gemstones not only keeps it an eternity, but celebrates love better because it gets worn! I so agree with you about the “it can’t be done” vs “I don’t know how” or worse “I don’t feel like it.” I recently went to a tailor to address a weird alteration. They said, “can’t be done.” I translated to “I don’t feel like it.” I went to another recommended by a friend tailor and they did it no… Read more »
I’m thinking that people who get eternity bands maybe don’t know that their fingers will change. It seems like a way more expensive process to size an eternity band than a regular one.
But if you’re wearing one it is like a tricked out sports car vs. maybe a Ford. One looks more fabulous and needs more care. And the other one is a car. I see why you’d want one!
I wouldn’t mind an eternity band myself. Maybe we’ll just slip this link into an email for my husband. I like the fact that it symbolizes eternal love.
Hi Tracey, You are right that it is more costly to size an eternity band. I have a number of eternity bands. I made mine slightly too large since if they turn it is not a problem. I’ve had them for about seven years and so far they are fitting just fine. I’ve replaced three diamonds in that time and I’m totally OK with that. I lost them while carrying luggage. Ugg. I now wear different rings or carry things without stressing my rings. I love my eternity bands because they are just so comfortable! I love that they mean… Read more »
Trying to find someone to size my diamond ring eternity band. I live in Oklahoma and can’t find anyone here that will. They say it can’t be done.
If you’d like a second opinion, I’d be delighted to give you one. Please send me different views of your ring per the directions in this blog post:
Hopefully you can wear it again soon!
Your Personal Jeweler,
I got married and my husband misjudged my size.
My solitaire ring was sized down from 6 to 5.25, but the eternity band is the problem.
I am a nurse, washing and using my hands constantly and athletic on days off riding my horse…the loose band is uncomfortable.
Sizing down ( removing one diamond stone setting) would feel much better.
Yes, a jeweler told me 800 at least.
My ring is size 6 platinum with 22 pronged individual diamonds.
I specialize in sizing eternity bands. I’d say the first step is to have you show me pictures. Please give me all the views in this post:
Good focus helps so when I blow it up to see the settings I can tell you if that’ll work. Because your diamonds are small I feel my sizing price would be less.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Do you perform work for out of state clients? My wedding band is an eternity band of sapphires and diamonds set in white gold. Sadly, it is too snug and I haven’t ever been able to wear it, or find a jeweler who can help.
Out of area clients are an important part of my work. I do indeed size eternity bands and would love to help get yours back where it belongs, on your hand.
Would you like to email me pictures and its size now and the size it needs to become?
Use advice here for pictures:
Your Personal Jeweler,
Thanks Calla for being so generous with your time on the phone today to discuss eternity ring sizing issues and options for remediation. Appreciate your expert guidance!
It was a pleasure speaking to you. I wish you a great result on getting your eternity band situation fixed whether the maker handles it or you need my help. I am happy to share information about sizing eternity bands and the quirks thereof.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Hi Calla, I have inherited from my mom a pronged platinum eternity ring w/27 diamonds that is too small to wear on my wedding finger, and am exploring some options. I’m hoping you might share your opinion. Option 1: Resize it from 5 1/4 to 6 3/4 for my wedding finger. I have taken the ring to three different jewelers and have been given three different explanations on how this would be done, each of which take what seems a totally different approach. One jeweler warned if it’s done incorrectly, the diamonds could crack. So, now I’m hesitant to even… Read more »
I have inherited from my mom a pronged platinum eternity ring w/27 diamonds that is too small to wear on my wedding finger, and am exploring some options. I’m hoping you might share your opinion. Option 1: Resize it from 5 1/4 to 6 3/4 for my wedding finger. I have taken the ring to three different jewelers and have been given three different explanations on how this would be done, each of which take what seems a totally different approach. One jeweler warned if it’s done incorrectly, the diamonds could crack. So, now I’m hesitant to even attempt this… Read more »
Dear DeDe, I can see that you have definitely spent some time thinking about this project and looking into your options. Without seeing the top, side and underneath view of your ring, my opinion isn’t going to be perhaps worth as much as one of the 3 jewelers you’ve shown it to who have been able to hold it in their hands. Eternity bands by the very nature of exposing prongs and diamonds to the underside of your hand where you pick things up and brush against things are definitely more of a periodic maintenance issue than a ring with… Read more »
Hi – I have sent all the required info for a sizing estimate. I have responded to your email back to me. Can you please let me know?
I found my response in drafts. Oops. I have responded.
Your Personal Jeweler,