Can Wedding Bands Be Resized?

There are many reasons why you may want to have a ring resized. Engagement rings and rings received as gifts or passed down as heirlooms usually need to be resized to fit correctly. Maybe you've gained or lost weight or would just like to wear your ring on a different finger. Ring resizing is a standard service offered by most jewelers, who have several different ways that they can help make your ring fit perfectly. It's important to have your rings resized by a professional jeweler who has the time and skills necessary to do excellent work on your precious ring.

Many types of wedding bands can be resized; however, certain types of materials are easier to resize than others, and then, of course, some wedding bands can’t be resized at all.

Two Types of Resizing

A too-large ring needs to be tightened for a comfortable fit. The jeweler will remove a piece of band and solder the edges together, resulting in a smooth and blemish-free finish. If your ring is too tight, your jeweler can do one of two things: They'll either stretch the band (most can usually go up to a half-size bigger) or add additional metal to make it larger.

Who Should Resize the Ring?

If you need your wedding band resized, it's best to find a reputable jeweler with past experience. A lackluster job could result in visible depressions, discoloration, and increased proneness to breakage. The jeweler may give you a temporary fix, such as a ring guard, before completing the job.

Can My Ring Be Resized?

First and foremost, determine if your engagement ring or wedding band can be resized. Softer metals like gold and sterling silver can be easily manipulated, making it almost always possible to adjust them. Platinum rings have higher melting point, making damage a greater possibility. It's best not to resize hard metals like titanium, stainless steel, and tungsten due to the difficulty of cutting the material. What's more, jewelers may be hesitant to work with bands containing gemstones or engravings; these may become warped and damaged during the process.

Should I Get My Ring Resized?

It's always recommended you have any ring, especially engagement rings, professionally resized to ensure that they fit properly. When deciding whether or not you should have your ring resized, you should wear it for a few days to determine if it is indeed too big or too small. Keep in mind that the average finger fluctuates in size throughout the day and throughout the seasons, with rings tending to fit more snugly in the summer when fingers swell and looser in the winter when they shrink in the cold.

A ring should slide on easily but require some effort to remove over your knuckle.

While proper sizing is important for all rings, it's especially critical for those that you will wear daily. A ring that fits correctly slides on easily but requires a little effort to get off and over your knuckle. It may feel slightly tight.

Rings that cause swelling or discomfort and are obviously too tight should be resized. If the ring easily slips off your finger, then it is too big. If your ring spins, it may be a sign that it is not correctly sized. In addition to being annoying, a spinning ring can also cause the setting to wear and loosen, which can cause gemstones to fall out.

Most rings can be resized about two times over their lifetime although this can vary according to the ring style and setting. Jewelers may be able to resize rings with simpler bands more than twice while it may be impossible to resize rings that contain many different gemstones or intricate settings at all. Certain types of rings are not able to be resized and require the use of other methods for them to fit correctly. Generally, the wider the ring, the tighter the fit.

It's not recommended that women get their rings resized during pregnancy as finger size can vary significantly during this time and for some time after.

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What Should I Do If My Ring Is Too Big or Too Small?

If your ring doesn't fit properly, have it resized as soon as possible.

If your ring doesn't fit properly, the best thing to do is have it professionally resized as soon as possible. If it is too big, it may be tempting to leave it alone or put an adhesive bandage or a piece of tape around it. However, an improperly fitting ring increases the chance of it falling off and getting lost.

If your ring is too small or barely fits over your finger without considerable pushing and tugging, there's not much you can do other than having it sized larger or wearing it on a different finger. If your ring is too big, there are several ways that you can get it to fit properly.

If you need to wait to have your ring resized, you may want to use a ring guard in the meantime. This is a small bar that clips across the bottom of the band. You should only use this method for a short time since it can damage the band.

In many cases, such as with engagement rings, the ring may fit fairly well but move from side to side due to the heaviness of the gemstone. In this case, the jeweler may install sizing assistants, in the form of small beads or a small metal bar, to the inside of the ring. This method can be used to decrease the ring about a quarter size but is most frequently used to anchor a top-heavy ring to your finger.

Limitations of Ring Resizing

If you’ve inherited a ring or received a ring as a gift, it’s important to ensure the ring is within 1-2 sizes of your ring size as rings can only be resized so much. This means that there’s an actual limit to how much you can add or remove from a ring.

If a ring needs to be upsized or downsized greater than two sizes, resizing is simply not a good choice. Essentially, resizing a ring too far from your ring size can damage the ring. Additionally, the style of ring and ring metal will affect whether or not it can be resized.

Resizing Men’s Wedding Bands

Many men’s wedding rings and bands feature a pattern or polish around the entirety of the band. To retain a ring’s polish or decoration, the band will require a process of stretching or pressing. Instead of cutting the band, the jeweler will stretch the ring to widen it to a size larger.

However, some materials are not suitable to press, and must be cut to resize. This creates a challenge as unique patterns on men’s wedding bands are not easily replicated. Furthermore, if the ring is downsized, the pattern might not match fluidly as it once did.

Also consider that many popular men’s wedding bands are made from tough, durable and hard metals like tungsten and titanium. While titanium can be resized with great effort, the same can’t be said for tungsten. Ultimately, if you are gifting a tungsten wedding ring, you’ll want to be absolutely positive the size is right as it cannot be resized.

Can My Ring Be Resized

Resizing White Gold Rings

White gold is a yellow-gold alloy plated in light-colored metals like silver and palladium. Its sparkling white finish is eye-catching, pristine and classic. That said, when a white gold ring is resized, part of the rhodium plating is removed. As such, replating is necessary in order to replace the bits removed. Why does that matter? Replating a resized white gold ring will cost you more.

Resizing Platinum Rings

Platinum is a material that is harder than gold, and also more expensive. When resizing platinum rings larger, a jeweler adds extra platinum to the ring. Because platinum is more expensive, the cost to resize it will be higher than say, gold resizing. Additionally, platinum requires a higher temperature and specialized tools. Ultimately, the process of resizing platinum rings is more technical, time-consuming, and expensive.

Can Pave Rings and Vintage Rings Be Resized?

A pave ring has many small stones or diamonds set around the band, and is a style popular to vintage rings. Pave rings can only be resized so much as the diamonds and stones run along the side of the band and cannot be cut. As such, pave rings and vintage rings can usually only be resized by one size.

Resizing Eternity Rings

An eternity ring has gemstones or diamonds that completely encircle the wedding band. Because the diamonds populate every part of the band, resizing is simply not possible. As stated, resizing a ring requires cutting the ring and either adding or taking away material. If an eternity ring is recut to upsize, there will be a noticeable gap in the stones. Conversely, if you cut into an eternity ring to withdraw material, you will lose some of the stones. Bottom line: eternity rings can’t be resized. So, what do you do if your eternity ring no longer fits? You’ll have to purchase a new ring. It’s wise to buy rings that aren’t wrapped in gemstones if you plan to resize it in the future. An alternative is to buy a ring that has gemstones along the sides, but is open on the bottom to give you the option to resize it if need be.

Types of Designs Which You Should Not Or Cannot Have Reworks

Even though it may be hard to accept, there are certain rings which simply cannot be resized and those which should not be reworked. For example, eternity rings that have a continuous setting of gemstones around the band are very tough to be resized.

Any attempts to do so may damage the gemstones and also distort the original beauty of the ring. This is because resizing upsets the original continuity and balance of the ring when it was first custom created.

Also, titanium, tungsten and stainless steel rings are nearly impossible to resize due to their material properties. Likewise, non-metal bands such as wood, glass or quartz also cannot be modified and reshaped.

If you have a ring which has an invisible tension setting, altering the size of the band may upset the ring’s tensile strength. This can cause durability issues as well as misalignment of the center stone if the resizing is done incorrectly.

Can You Resize Any Ring?

To be resized, your ring must be made of metal such as silver, gold or platinum. Jewelers cannot resize rings made of wood, quartz or other non-metal material. There must also be enough space around the ring for it to be made larger or smaller. Rings that have a simpler design are the easiest to resize, although it's usually possible to do so with rings that have a channel setting or one with many gemstones. For those types of rings, it may be necessary to add, remove or rearrange the setting to resize it properly.

Certain rings should not be resized. These include:

  • Full eternity bands: Rings with gemstones around the entire band don't have any bare metal with which to work. These rings are nearly impossible to resize, although an expert jeweler may be able to work with the ring to successfully resize it.
  • Tungsten rings: The metal is too hard. Cutting a tungsten ring would cause the entire thing to break apart. If you could manage to cut it, tungsten cannot be welded together easily. Its melting point is much higher than what most jewelers can reach in their shops.
  • Rose gold rings: Rose gold is a temperamental alloy that cracks easily if you try to resize it. There are also many variations of rose gold, so you're unlikely to get an exact match if you need to add metal to make it bigger.
  • Titanium rings: Many jewelers will not resize titanium rings due to how difficult the metal is to resize.
  • Rings with tension settings: Changing the size of the band can compromise the ring's tensile strength or cause the center gemstone to be misaligned.

Options for rings that can't be resized include wearing a smaller ring next to it to help it stay in place or having the ring remade in the correct size. You can also invest in an inexpensive ring overlay which is a removable plastic adjuster that can fit over any ring shank to make it fit without cutting it.

Since ring resizing is such a delicate process, it's imperative that you find an expert jeweler. When done by a knowledgeable and skilled jeweler, you shouldn't even be able to tell that the ring was resized — except for platinum which inevitably shows a fine line at the soldering joint. Expert jewelers are skilled in working with delicate gemstones and settings and will ensure that your ring is correctly resized and that all of the details, such as engravings and prongs, are restored correctly.

Easier to Resize

Most everyone knows that some metals are harder than others. In one of our other blog posts we learned that tungsten and titanium are much harder metals than gold and silver. It stands to reason that those softer metals would be easier to resize than the harder ones.

Some of the wedding bands that are easier to resize include:

  • Simple gold wedding bands. Gold is one of the softest metals and the most malleable metal on Earth. And as such, it makes an easy wedding band to resize.
  • Simple platinum wedding bands. Platinum is another soft metal behind only gold in malleability.
  • Simple silver wedding bands. Silver has been used by humans for millennia. It is soft and malleable like gold.
  • Simple palladium wedding bands. Palladium is in the same group as platinum, and, therefore, has many of the same characteristics. Its most common use in wedding rings is in making white gold.
  • Diamond anniversary rings. If these rings are made from a metal that is resizable, the simplicity of them makes them easy to resize.

Of course, it’s important to note the word “simple” in front of those softer metals. While the metals are easier to resize, it is trickier to do if the ring is ornate and intricate in design.

More Difficult to Resize

So, after those simple, soft-metal bands, we come to the next bracket of wedding rings. While you can resize these types of bands, it proves more difficult to do.

  • Simple wedding bands that are thin or soldered. If a wedding band is too thin, it can be difficult to bring the sides back together after they’re cut. Similarly, with a soldered band, the thickness makes it difficult to cut through and bring back together at the same spot so the rings line up.
  • Men’s & women’s wedding bands with designs around the entire ring. Resizing a ring that has designs around the entire band comes with the risk of ruining or altering the design. If the design isn’t lined up perfectly at the end, it changes the aesthetic of the ring.
  • Eternity diamond rings. A similar problem exists with the eternity diamond rings as with the designed rings. If diamonds circle the entire ring, they make it difficult to take out or add metal. The diamonds are usually spaced out evenly to fill the entire band, and removing space can disrupt the spacing of the entire ring.

While each of these rings can be more difficult to resize, it’s possible. A skilled jeweler will know how to handle each situation to make sure the ring is as beautiful after being resized as it was originally.

Most Difficult to Resize/Not Resizable 

Finally, some rings are made from materials that are extremely difficult, and sometimes impossible to resize.

  • Titanium wedding bands. Titanium is as strong as steel though much lighter. Though difficult, titanium wedding bands can sometimes be sized up slightly.
  • Cobalt chrome wedding rings. Cobalt is another strong metal though slightly less hard than titanium, meaning it can also sometimes be sized up slightly.
  • Tungsten wedding bands. Tungsten is one of the hardest metals known to man, and unlike all the other metals we’ve covered, it is completely scratch resistant. Because of its hardness, rings of this material can’t be resized.
  • Ceramic wedding bands. Ceramic used in jewelry is incredibly hard, quite unlike ceramic used for pottery. Its hardness also prevents it from being resized.

So now you know whether your ring is eligible for resizing. If it is, be sure to contact us today, because, let’s face it, nobody wants to wear a ring that is too small or too big. So if that’s the situation you’re in, don’t wait any longer. If, however, your ring falls in the category of “not resizable,” browse our collection of rings, and this time make sure you size it right!

On the last note, it is advisable that you check out all the necessary details with your jeweler before you make a purchase. Upfront advice will help prevent headaches down the road and avoid unnecessary trouble should the need for ring modification arises.

Frequently Asked Questions

A jeweler can do the work in as little as two hours, though it may take up to a month if the ring has an intricate setting. A simple resize costs from $20 to $60, depending on the type of metal and region of the country. For a more complex resizing, the cost ranges from $50 to $150.

It is important to remember that the ring is essentially cut and soldered back to change its size. This usually leaves that particular soldered spot on the ring shank weaker than before. So excess pressure may lead to breakage. Even a resizing job that's well done may minimize the risk of breakage but not eliminate it.

Can You Resize Any Ring? To be resized, your ring must be made of metal such as silver, gold or platinum. Jewelers cannot resize rings made of wood, quartz or other non-metal material. There must also be enough space around the ring for it to be made larger or smaller.

Making a ring larger is a more complicated process than making it smaller. It entails the jeweler stretching the metal, and this can only be done up to half a size larger. ... For example, if your ring has channel settings, it might be necessary to rearrange the stones during the process of resizing the ring.

The most common means to enlarge the ring size is to add metal to increase the band's circumference. In this process, the jeweler will snip the ring's band (or shank) and insert a small piece of metal between the two cut ends to expand the ring's size. The ends are soldered to this new piece of added metal.

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