Engagement & wedding ring resizing guide

Posted by Abelini Jewellery | 09 October 2022

The Hows And Whys to Ring Resizing

Buying an engagement ring or wedding ring for your partner is a significant decision that will require lots of effort and time to plan. However, if the engagement ring is supposed to be a surprise, it is likely it may not fit perfectly. For instance, it could be too loose and fall off the finger or too tight and cause discomfort. Fortunately, if the engagement ring or wedding ring does not fit properly, you can easily resize it.

Read on below to find out everything you need about ring resizing to ensure your ring fits perfectly on your partner's finger.

How Is Ring Resizing Done?

If your ring is too loose, the jeweller resizes it by cutting a small band piece before soldering it back into a circle. The next step is to clean and polish the ring. If the ring is too tight, the jeweller can resize it by cutting the band and adding extra metal before soldering the pieces to create a larger circle. Regardless of resizing up or down, the final result is a perfectly fitting ring that still looks beautiful.

How Much Does It Cost To Resize a Ring?

The cost of resizing an engagement or wedding ring will vary depending on several factors, including:
• Metal thickness: A thicker engagement ring costs more money to resize compared to a thin ring.
• Ring complexity: Plain rings are cheaper to resize than complicated bands with many jewels.
• Metal type: Some metals can be costly to resize, like rose gold, while others are cheaper, like yellow gold.
• Amount of resizing: The cost of going down one size or two sizes will also vary.
You should expect to pay between £50 and £150 or more for ring resizing.

How Do Jewellers Resize Rings?

Jewellers resize rings by adding or removing a bit of metal to make the best fit. To make a ring bigger, the jeweller cuts the ring and inserts a section of metal to help increase the ring's circumference. In contrast, to make a ring smaller, the jeweller cuts and removes a small part of the band. After resizing up or down, the jeweller smoothens and polishes the rings to create perfectly fitting ornaments.

If you don't know your ring size, you can always visit your local jewellery stores for free ring sizing. The accurate measurements will help you be more confident buying an engagement or wedding ring online and increase your chances of getting a perfect-fitting ring.

How Can I Resize My Ring At Home?

While it is possible to enlarge your ring at home, it is often not the best idea since you could destroy it. That is because most DIY processes involve tapping on the engagement ring with a hammer and forcing it to stretch or expand, thus weakening it. Hence, the best solution is to take your engagement or wedding ring to a jeweller and not to try to do it yourself at home.

How Many Times Can You Resize a Ring?

Most rings can be resized two times during their lifetime of usage. However, some rings can even be resized four times. If the engagement ring or wedding ring has multiple gemstones and complex settings, it limits the number of resizing opportunities. Additionally, you can only resize two sizes up or down to avoid making the ring more fragile.

How Long Does It Take To Resize a Ring?

The ring resizing service is quite common and can be done quickly in ten minutes. However, some rings may require a few hours due to the band thickness, additional stones and type of metal. The resizing process is relatively straightforward, and the engagement ring or wedding ring can be ready in less than a week.

Does Resizing a Ring Ruin It?

Resizing a ring will not ruin it, particularly when done by an experienced, skilful jeweller. Simple bands can be easily sized up or down while maintaining their durability. However, resizing may lessen the robustness of complicated rings with gemstones and complex detailing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few frequently asked questions about ring resizing.

What is the average ring size?

The average ring size for women is size six or L. In contrast, men have an average ring size of ten or T.

How tight should your engagement ring be?

The perfect tightness of your engagement ring is when it is easy to wear and slightly harder to take off.

What size engagement ring is too big?

Generally, an engagement ring above two carats is too big as many people today prefer things like clarity and cut rather than big rings.

How should your engagement ring fit?

Your engagement ring should fit comfortably, and the diamond should always be in the centre of your finger.

How do I know if my engagement ring is too big?

If your engagement ring slides off when you dangle your hands or swivels around your finger, it is likely too big.

How tight is too tight for an engagement ring?

If your engagement ring doesn't easily move to the base of the finger, it is likely too tight. Another indicator of excessive tightness is when your finger turns red or purple, and you cannot close your hand while wearing the ring.

How loose is too loose for a ring?

A ring is too loose if it easily slides off, spins around, and there is no tension or resistance when removing it.

How tight should an engagement ring be?

Your ring should be tight enough to properly secure it onto your finger, but without causing any discomfort.

Is it better for a ring to be tight or loose?

Ideally, a ring should fit you perfectly and not be too tight or loose to ensure minimal discomfort when wearing it.

Is it better to go bigger or smaller on ring size?

It is better to go bigger on ring size since it is easier to make a ring smaller than to make it bigger. Also, a bigger size is ideal for warmer clients since the fingers swell up in the heat.

Is it better to size a ring up or down?

Sizing a ring down is better as it does minimal damage to its structure, which means the ring remains thick and durable. In contrast, sizing up requires extra expansion that may affect the ring's durability.

Is it cheaper to resize a ring up or down?

It is cheaper to resize a ring and make it smaller since it does not require extra costs to add more materials, unlike when resizing up.

What rings cannot be resized?

Rings that cannot be resized include tungsten rings, titanium rings, rose gold rings, full eternity bands, and rings made using non-metal materials like quartz or wood.

Can any ring be resized?

Only rings made of specific types of metal, including gold, silver, and platinum can be resized.

How many sizes can you resize a ring?

Rings can generally be decreased or increased for a maximum of two sizes.

Do rings get bigger over time?

While your finger size changes gradually with time, the ring size stays the same. Hence, if you feel your ring is getting too tight and uncomfortable, you should consider resizing it.

Are plastic ring sizers accurate?

Plastic ring sizers work flawlessly to deliver accurate results to help you get the perfect fitting ring.

If you want the best engagement or wedding ring, browse our Abelini collection today and place your order.