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Does Your Ring Need to be Resized?

A ring that is too large or too small can put a damper on the excitement about receiving it. There are several reasons why you may want to get your ring resized, from an engagement ring that is too large or small, to just wanting to wear a ring on a different finger.

Wearing a ring that is too big may easily slip off your finger and get lost. One that is too small you may have to avoid wearing because it could get stuck on your finger. Getting a ring resized is a simple and standard service that contains several different ways to be able to help make your ring fit perfectly.

Ring Size

Knowing your ring size is a part of the process. Ring sizes in the U.S. are based on a numerical scale usually from a size 3 to a size 15, that reflects the millimeter circumference around the inside of the ring. For women, the average ring size is about 6-6.5, while it is about a size 9 or 10 for men. If your ring size is between a whole and half size, it’s recommended to size up rather than down.

If you aren’t quite sure what your ring size may be, you can always bring another ring you have that fits you comfortably. To be one step ahead, you can also use an online ring size guide to measure the proper size before you drop the ring off.

Resizing

When deciding if you need to get a ring resized, it is recommended to wear it for a few days to determine if it really is too big or too small, while keeping in mind that the average finger fluctuates in size throughout the day and seasons. For example, in the summer, your rings may tend to fit more snugly as fingers swell because of the heat, but may fit more loosely in the winter as fingers shrink due to the cold.

To know whether your ring fits correctly or not, is simple. A ring that fits correctly slides on easily but requires a little effort to get off and over your knuckle. Obviously sometimes it is very clear when your ring is too large or small, like when it easily slips off your finger or causes swelling. If your ring spins, that may also be a sign that it is not correctly sized and can also cause the ring to loosen, which can eventually cause gemstones to fall out.

Most rings should be able to be resized about two times throughout their lifetime, depending on the style. Simpler brands may be able to be resized more than twice, while it may be more difficult to resize rings that contain many different gemstones or intricate settings. 

Ring guards are useful in the meantime if you need to wait to resize your ring. A ring guard is a small bar that clips across the bottom of the band, however, you should only use this method for a short time, as it may eventually damage the band.

How does it work?

Making a ring larger is a little more of a process than making one smaller as it requires either adding metal to the ring or stretching what is already there. Typically, stretching rings only makes it about a half size bigger and may weaken the ring, so jewelers usually recommend adding metal to the band. 

Sizing up a ring is usually done by heating up and cutting the band, adding more metal to form a bridge and soldering the ring back together.

To make a ring smaller, it would be heated up and a small piece of the band would be cut and soldered back together to form a perfect circle. It is much easier to make a ring smaller than to size it larger.

Can all rings be resized?

Unfortunately, there are a few restrictions to which rings that can be resized. To be resized, your ring must be made of metal such as silver, gold, or platinum. Non-metal materials cannot be resized, including full eternity bands, tungsten rings, rose gold rings, titanium rings, or rings with tension settings. There also must be enough space around the ring for it to be made larger or smaller.

The good news is, there are still options for rings that can’t be resized so that they won’t fall off. This includes wearing a smaller ring next to it to help it stay in place or having a ring remade in the proper size to fit your finger. A ring overlay is another option to help your ring fit you better, which is just a removable plastic adjuster that can fit over any ring to make it fit without harming the band.

Keep in mind that certain metals are more expensive to get resized than others. Cost also depends on how many sizes the ring needs to move, as well as the thickness of the ring.

At Bernard’s Jewelers, we want your ring to fit as comfortably as possible, so if you have any questions about resizing your rings, please visit us at 23999 US Hwy. 80, Statesboro or call us at 912-764-5379.