I’m sure you’ve heard us say it before, and we’ll say it again: an engagement ring is one of the most important purchases a young couple will make! Finding a ring that fits well is a critical piece of the process. Below we’ll share some advice on what happens if your ring ends up being the wrong size.
Does my engagement ring fit properly?
Having a ring that fits properly is one of the most important things you can do to protect your ring from getting lost or damaged. Your engagement ring should be able to slide on relatively easily and require a slight tug to get it over the knuckle when trying to get it off. Your finger should not bulge out around the ring, but the ring shouldn’t be sliding around either. If you’re completely unsure of whether it’s fitting properly, wear the ring around for a few days before making your decision (finger sizes fluctuate throughout the day and depending on what you eat as well as the weather!). If it still doesn’t feel right, probably a good idea to look into getting it resized.
So how do jewelers make rings bigger or smaller?
So you’ve decided that you need to get your ring size adjusted, what happens next? Well, we’ll walk you through it. If it’s too big, a jeweler will cut off a tiny part of the shank, remove that metal, and reattach the ends by soldering them together. This resizing process works on the majority of rings. Certain rings, like eternity bands, settings with delicate stones etc. cannot usually be sized down. Making your band bigger is a little bit more complicated (and usually slightly more expensive). The jeweler will make a small cut and add additional metal to the band. It is then re-soldered into place.
What happens if my ring can’t be resized?
- Add a tighter fitting ring
Adding a tighter fitting ring (easy to accomplish with ring stacking being so trendy these days) is a great way to help keep your engagement ring in place. A well-fitting, slightly smaller, complementary ring can help to hold the original ring on your finger.
- Sizing beads
Sizing beads are also an excellent option! These tiny beads attach on the inside of your ring, helping to minimize the gap between your ring and your finger.
- A ring guard
Ring guards are usually a rubber band that takes up space and therefore makes your ring fit tighter. The plus is that they’re cheap. The minus is that they are often a temporary solution because they can damage your ring over the long term.
Unfortunately, sizing up doesn’t offer these alternatives and will require a jeweler’s touch to resize. So it’s always best when guessing to be on the larger side than the smaller side, this leaves you with more options down the road.
In conclusion, resizing is usually straightforward, but can sometimes be a tricky business. The best thing you can do to simplify your life is get as close as you can on her actual ring size so that resizing isn’t an issue, as well as choose a setting that allows for resizing down the road. Hopefully this guide has helped answer some questions and taken the mystery out of resizing, but if you have any more questions, feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com
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