How Much Does it Cost to Size My Ring? Gold and Silver

Woman Smiling Showing Three Ring Wedding Set by Calla Gold Jewelry

Amy May Want to Size Her Wedding Rings One Day. She’ll Want to Know What it Costs When That Time Comes

The Cost of Sizing Gold and Silver Rings

Daily I’m asked the cost of sizing a ring. It does vary from ring to ring, but I get that you need information. So I’m going to tell you about five rings I sized recently and what they cost.

Gold and Silver Metal Costs

As I write this blog post gold is selling for $1288.20 per ounce. Gold prices fluctuate and they are a factor in the cost of sizing a ring. Sterling Silver today costs $17.53 per ounce. Slight difference in the cost there! Check daily metal prices.

Five Rings, Their Work Done and Their Work Cost


Ring # 1. How Much Does it cost to Size My Ring? $107.00.


Ring #1 14kt gold nugget style tapered ladies ring, cost to size $107.00

This ring was sized up from a size 7 to an 8.5, one and a half sizes larger. We had to add gold by building a tiny bridge of gold the same thickness and width as the existing ring.

We used the open flame soldering method. There were no gems to worry about or design elements that needed special care. There was just a chunk of gold and a good chunk of time taken to do the sizing.

Sapphire Flowers ring in sterling silver

Ring #2 Has a Thin Ring Shank Which Helps Keep the Price Down

Ring #2; a Sterling Silver two flower sapphire ring sized to 7.5, cost to size $28.00

The main factors in the reasonableness to size this ring are the fact that the ring is made of sterling silver which is way less expensive than gold. Another factor in its low cost to size is its very thin shank.

There is less labor time needed for very thin shanked rings. Another factor is that it started out as a size 6.75 so it didn’t need to be made hugely larger.

A final favor was that this ring had sapphires in the top design. Sapphires are more heat resistant than fragile gems like opal, emeralds and tanzanites. The design had the gems quite separate from the main shank of the ring, so heat that would conduct was unlikely to make it to the gems.

14kt diamond hearts ring

Ring #3 Has Pretty Diamond Hearts and is Heat Resistant and Easy to Size

Ring #3; a 14kt White Gold Three Heart Diamond Ring sized to 7.75, Cost to Size $89.00

This ring being set with heat resistant diamonds didn’t need special treatment to shield the gems during the sizing process. The shank was pretty thin and we were sizing from a size 6 so it was a straightforward job.

After polishing the ring we rhodium plated it. This is an industry standard step on all white gold ring repairs. This rhodium plating process costs $30.00 – $35.00. The heat of the work removes the previous rhodium plating and it needs to be reapplied. Read about Rhodium Plating.

Bezel set amethyst and peridots ring in sterling silver

Pretty Sterling Silver Amethyst and Peridot Ring.

Ring #4; a Sterling Silver Amethyst and Peridot Ring sized to 7.75, Cost to Size $29.00

This ring was a simple sizing from size 7.  We were careful of heat conductivity with the gems. The shank was not super thick.

The big concern in any ring sizing is the gemstones, as open flame solder, the easiest method of sizing, can damage gemstones.

Ring #5; a Sterling Silver and Moonstone Ring sized to 8, Cost to Size $38.00

Ring #5 - Sterling Silver Ring with Pretty Moonstone Set in a Decorative Bezel Box Setting

Ring #5 – Sterling Silver Ring with Pretty Moonstone Set in a Decorative Bezel Box Setting

This ring has a domed shank that is thick. Because of the shank’s dome shape it was more time consuming to build the new section of shank to insert. We sized this ring from a size 5.5.

Final Notes on Ring Sizing

When your ring is returned to you there should be no visible sign that it was worked on. The only exception to this may be if there is a symmetrical design all the way around your ring, or if an older gold is combined with newer gold causing a slight color difference.

At the end of each sizing, the ring is polished to make it look nice and new. It is necessary as the process of sizing makes the metal look funky.

I plan other example posts on ring sizing costs so you can compare your ring with the ones shown to get an idea of what your ring may cost to have sized.

More of my Costs of Ring Sizing 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
Ring Sizing – What You Pay More For and Why
How Much Does it Cost to Size my Eternity Band Ring?
Ring Sizing Cost with Milgrain Edging and Carved in Designs Ring Sizing Jeweler,
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.


  1. Tracey M. on November 19, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Calla Gold! This is so useful. Keep the pictures and examples coming. I do understand that each jeweler charges different prices, but knowing the neighborhood to expect is really helpful.
    You claim you’ll do it again with other examples, I hope you do. This is great stuff.

    • Calla Gold on November 20, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      Hi Tracey,
      Since I know you’ll be watching, I will for sure do other ring sizing cost posts with examples of other types of rings.
      Sizing jeweler,

  2. Tracey M. on November 20, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    This was very informative….I think all of us (ladies) have a least one or two rings that need to be sized sitting somewhere in the back of our jewelry boxes!!!

    • Calla Gold on November 20, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      Hi Tracey,
      I agree. I’ve met many women socially who upon finding out I’m a jeweler confide in my about the rings that don’t fit them any more that they’ve been meaning to deal with.
      And being me, I call them and we size them!
      Calla Gold

  3. Linda Menesez on November 20, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Calla, this is so helpful. I had my wedding and engagement rings resized a few years ago — before I met you. I probably would have done it sooner, if I had known the price range. Thank you again for being so helpful and writing such an informative article!


    • Calla Gold on November 21, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      Thank you Linda for telling me this was good information for you. I’ve definitely run into folks who aren’t sizing a ring because they are afraid it’ll cost $300.00 or something expensive like that. Now there are complex rings out there that might cost $300.00 but they are the exception not the rule.
      Calla Gold

  4. Renee Manseau on December 8, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    It’s nice to be able to get a general idea on the ball park costs of resizing a ring. There certainly are a lot of factors to consider, but even then, it seems quite manageable to resize, and revive, a favorite ring. And as you say, “Wear it, don’t warehouse it.”

    • Calla Gold on December 9, 2013 at 7:38 am

      Hello Renee,
      You are absolutely right. It is so worth it to size your rings to fit you rather than warehouse them for some unknown future time!
      Calla Gold

  5. Linda Perkins on December 16, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Thank you Calla! The cost of sizing a ring was an absolute mystery to me. I’ve never had to have it done and frankly thinking about giving my ring to a stranger to size it freaks me out a little. I also was thinking it could be like $200.00 to size a ring based on something a friend said a couple of years ago.
    Luckily I am in Santa Barbara and to tell the truth my ring fits way tighter than it used to and sometimes when I want to take it off on a hot day, it’s just not happening.
    This has great information, and I appreciate that you give examples like this. I will pass it on! And perhaps call you before the mercury climbs next spring.

    • Calla Gold on December 17, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      I’m pleased to shine some light and certainty on ring sizing pricing for you and your friends.
      Calla Gold

  6. Shadae Sweeney on January 6, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    My fiance actually proposed with the ring his mother had. So it’s important to us both. Her ring finger happens to be larger than mine. How much would down sizing cost? The ring is 6-7 and my finger is 5-5.5

    • Calla Gold on January 6, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      Congratulations on your engagement. Do you live in the Santa Barbara area? I’d need to ask you questions about the design of your ring, thickness of the width and depth of your ring, whether it was yellow gold, white gold and if so what karat or platinum. Please email me your phone number so we may answer my questions and get you a ballpark price for sizing your special ring.
      I’m a quick email away
      Your Personal Jeweler,

  7. Donna on September 6, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    I need to size down…what do the jewelers do with the gold. Do they simply remold it to smaller size, or do they take the gold away?

    • Calla Gold on September 6, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      Hello Donna,
      Thank you for your question. If it is a large sizing with a big chunk taken out they will often return it. If it is a minor sizing the piece taken out is tiny and is credited against your bill for the work. You’ll notice if you sent two rings in to be sized and one went one size larger and one went one size smaller that the ring being made smaller would cost noticeably less.
      Once a jeweler has a bunch of little lumps of removed gold they will usually take it to a refiner to recycle for the gold credit.
      For the record the tiny pieces of leftover gold are usually significantly smaller than you might have thought they were.
      I hope that answers your question Donna!
      Your Personal Jeweler,

  8. Jessica on February 26, 2015 at 11:18 am

    I have a gold ring with diamonds set like a bouquet of flowers I guess you could say, the ring is two pieces and fits together like a puzzle, the shanks are thin but the ring it self is a little big for my finger and I’ll need to have it sized down to a 6. I’m wondering if you could maybe give me an estimate on how much that will cost, any help would be appreciated, please contact by email, thank you. The ring was a gift to my fiancé from some one else as well, so we don’t know the history and haven’t taken it to a jeweler yet.

    • Calla Gold on February 26, 2015 at 9:54 pm

      I will email you.
      Calla Gold

  9. Nicole black on March 30, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    I have a white gold sapphire and diamond ring that I had to get cut off my finger it’s a size 8 but my fingers are now a size 11 how much would that cost to get repaired and ‘re sized?

    • Calla Gold on March 30, 2015 at 8:34 pm

      Hi Nicole,
      It’d help me to see your ring. The top view so I see how the settings survived the sawing off process and a view of the saw part. Email me at I’ll give you an estimate.
      Your Personal Jeweler,

  10. Selena Garcia on June 5, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    i have a Sterling Silver men’s ring size 13 and I need to get it sized to a 16 I was trying to figure out how much that would cost me. If you would please contact me by Thank you.

    • Calla Gold on June 5, 2015 at 2:32 pm

      Hi Selena,
      Will do. I’ll email you requesting a few pictures to see what kind of a ring it is if it has gemstones and the design elements that might be affected by that extreme a sizing.
      Your Personal Jeweler,

  11. CATHERINE CHRISTIAN on June 12, 2015 at 12:14 pm


    • Calla Gold on June 13, 2015 at 11:01 am

      Hi Catherine,
      I’d be happy to have you send me pictures of your silver rings. I do size silver rings all the time. There is a particular email that works best for images and I’ll share that in my email to you. Thanks for letting me know of your situation.
      Your Personal Jeweler,

  12. Jeff Sandler on July 28, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Hi Calla,
    What are your thoughts on platinum plated sterling silver rings? If you were to resize this type of ring, how would the platinum plating be affected? Thank you in advance!

    • Calla Gold on July 28, 2015 at 8:51 pm

      Hello Jeff,
      I believe what you may be referring to is rhodium plating, which is a very white metal plating. Rhodium is in the platinum metals group. When you size a white gold or silver ring and it has been rhodium plated this means it will need to be re-plated after the work is done.
      Any heat work on a ring that had been rhodium plated would need re-plating.
      I’m hoping that answered your question.
      Your Personal Jeweler,

  13. Marsha B. on August 8, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    My engagement ring is fitting me too small now (my wedding ring fits fine though- slightly bigger size). I need to resize my engagement ring from a 5 to probably a 6, but also the inside of the ring is kind of hollow if that makes sense, and since it’s so tight on me it feels like it cuts into my skin since it’s a hollow design and debris gets trapped on the inside of the ring. Would it be possible to go up in size but also fill in the inside part of the ring to be solid rather than hollow? Not sure if that makes sense…it’s a band shape with small diamonds on the front.

    • Calla Gold on August 10, 2015 at 6:53 am

      Hi Marsha,
      Thanks for writing in. When there are carved outs in a ring from the middle part to towards the bottom, they can really irritate your finger. If it is too tight, your ring kind of cuts in with the narrow edges on either side of the hollowed out part. If you’ve washed your hands with the public toilet cheap soap and some of it stays moistly in the hollow of your ring it can irritate your skin.
      Getting the correct size will help eliminate that irritation.
      The hollowed out part is more difficult to address. Often the upper part of a ring is hollowed out. Sometimes this is to allow the setter access to the gemstones being set and to allow future cleaning of the underside of your gems. Sometimes the manufacturer opts to continue the hollowing lower on the ring to lighten the gold weight to create a cheaper ring. I haven’t seen how low the hollow area on the underside of your ring is so I do not know.
      I do know that it is a pain to add gold to the underside of a ring. If it is hollow for price reasons the cost of adding gold to the back may not be worth it. It can be done. But should it be done? That depends of if there are gemstones on the topside of the ring where it is hollow beneath. If there are not that would make it more possible to do the filling in. It is not an easy task. I have done it.
      Some clients have opted to have me make a replica of their ring re-using their gemstones and make it strong and comfortable. Each ring is different.
      If I have not answered your question thoroughly enough you could email me pictures of the top, side and undersides of your ring.
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla Gold

  14. Mike Anderson on March 14, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    I have a men’s 5mm 14K White Gold wedding band with Fine Milgrain edges. I need it re sized from a 9-3/4 to an 11. Is it difficult to get the Milgrain edges matched? About how much should I expect to pay? Can you do it?

    • Calla Gold on March 14, 2016 at 9:19 pm

      Hello Mike,
      You have asked a good question. Most of the time a milgrain edge man’s band has its milgrain edging done by machine. If you have it sized you need to have the milgrain done by hand. There is a subtle difference that you will be able to notice. Once you’ve worn your ring for a few weeks it will be less obvious if it was carefully done.
      If someone just sizes it and doesn’t do a quality hand engraving job it’ll look really bad. I’ve seen bad milgrain and it ain’t pretty.
      Let’s say that sizing your ring costs between $70.00 to $90.00. The milgrain redo might be around $35.00 to $50.00.
      That is a job I can do.
      Your Personal Jeweler,

  15. Jessica on December 31, 2016 at 6:07 am

    I need to know how much it would cost to have my black gold ring downsized from an 11 to a 10??

    • Calla Gold on January 2, 2017 at 10:20 am

      Hello Jessica,
      Ug, black gold. May I first share that “black gold” is not truly a thing. It is plated gold. Please read this blog post about “black gold” :
      OK, now you know what it is and what it isn’t. When you size black rhodium plated rings you have to pay to re-plate them. Not all jewelers offer black rhodium plating, so you’ll need to find one who does. The price for black gold plating varies pretty wildly. From $30.00 to $100.00.
      The sizing of your ring isn’t something I could estimate since I don’t know what it looks like.
      Your Personal Jeweler,

  16. Carla on January 25, 2017 at 4:33 am

    Hi Calla!

    I bought a sterling silver ring with CZ stones about .25 larger than I expected. How much will it be to resize?

    Thank you!

    • Calla Gold on January 25, 2017 at 6:54 am

      Hi Carla,
      Without looking at it I’d be guessing. So here goes – between $25.00 and $45.00. However if there are cz’s set in such a way that the heat work of sizing could affect them, that could make it more expensive as techniques would need to be used to keep the heat from destroying the cz’s.
      Your Personal Jeweler,

  17. Calena on December 26, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Hi Calla

    I got a Sterling Silver ring with my brithstone for Christmas it’s a least 4 sizes to big. The ring is size 10 and I’m a size 7. How much will cost for it to resized it. Thank you.

  18. Mindy on January 29, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    I have couples of rings need to be resize to 3.75 or 4 and I wants to know much much does it cost?

  19. Ashley badillo on May 7, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    Hello calla gold your post is soo helpful i have a ring that is to small for me and when i went to get it sized the lady said 180$ just for a half size increase on a silver ring im wondering if you could help me out

    • Calla Gold on May 7, 2018 at 7:59 pm

      Hello Ashley,
      I’m not sure why it’d cost so much to size a silver ring. Of course I don’t know about heat sensitive gemstones or special finishes and like that. But that really sounds like too much to me.
      Your Personal Jeweler,

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