Last updated on September 22nd, 2023 at 05:44 pm
We all need to have a ring resized at some point in our lives. Whether it’s your old class ring that no longer fits or your wedding ring that has become loose because of weight loss, getting a ring resized allows it to fit more securely and comfortably.
If you have ever had to resize a ring, you may be wondering how often it can be done. We are here to answer your questions and help you understand the subject better.
How many times can a ring be resized? Keep reading to find out.
How Many Times Can a Ring Be Resized?
Rings can be resized 2 to 5 times, depending on the type of metal and the delicacy of the design. It is important to note that each time a ring gets resized, it becomes slightly weaker.
You should be careful when having a special ring resized and plan how much bigger or smaller you need it before seeking these services. Try to be cautious when selecting the size.
Signs You Need to Resize a Ring
There are multiple signs that may occur when you need to consider resizing a ring. Should you notice the following, it may be time to visit a jewelry repair expert.
- The ring will not slide over your knuckle.
- The ring is so tight that it is cutting off the circulation of your finger or causing discomfort.
- The ring too easily slides off your finger.
- The ring spins around too easily on your finger.
The most common reasons for having a ring resized are weight gain or weight loss. You may also need to have a ring resized if there are design aspects that are causing problems with wear.
How Do Jewelers Resize Rings?
If you need to have a ring resized, it’s a good idea to take it back to the jeweler you bought it from since they will be familiar with the ring. The overall process of ring resizing is fairly straightforward and quick.
Making a Ring Smaller
When a ring needs to be made smaller, the jeweler will cut the band and remove a small section of the metal.
The jeweler uses the perfect level of heat to join the band back together into a solid circle.
The jeweler then cleans the ring to remove any oxidation from the heating process.
Making a Ring Larger
In some instances, a jeweler may need to make a ring larger. There are a couple of options available for increasing the size of a ring.
The jeweler may not heat the ring, instead opting to remove thin slices from the band until it fits perfectly.
In some cases, jewelers will stretch the band, but this only allows the ring to go up by 1/2 size.
In cases where the band size needs to go up further than a 1/2 size, the jeweler will need to cut the band and add another strip of metal to make the size larger.
What Metals Can Be Resized?
Gold, silver, and platinum are the ring metals that are easiest to resize. These types of metals are easier to manipulate.
Usually, jewelers will refuse to resize rings made from stainless steel, titanium, or tungsten carbide because these metals are harder and more difficult to resize.
Does Resizing Cause Ring Damage?
Many people are worried about damaging their rings when they are resized. Although the process does make the band weaker, when done by an expert jeweler, the results are seamless and no damage should be done.
You should never attempt to resize a ring outside of professional help. Doing so could result in major damage and the destruction of your ring.
Reasons a Ring Cannot Be Resized
In addition to certain hard metals, there are also other reasons a jeweler may be unable to offer ring resizing services. Consider the following.
- Eternity bands often cannot be resized because there is not enough exposed metal to resize.
- Tension rings cannot be resized because they need a specific amount of pressure to hold the stone in place.
- Rings with intricate or endless designs usually cannot be resized.
Resizing Extends the Wearability of Your Ring
If you have beautiful rings sitting in a jewelry box because they are too big or too small, getting them resized makes them wearable again. Many rings can be resized.
To find out if yours is a good candidate, take it in and speak with the jeweler you bought it from to find out.