An engagement ring is a special purchase. Therefore, you'd want the ring to fit perfectly without being too tight or too loose.
However, determining your partner's ring size can be a bit challenging, even if you have held their hands a thousand times. As such, it's possible to miscalculate the size.
And sometimes it also could be that your finger size changes while wearing the ring, such that it doesn't fit anymore. In that case, you need it resized.
Fortunately, it's possible to resize the ring to fit perfectly in most cases. Read on to learn more about ring resizing.
How Should an Engagement Ring Fit?
It should fit like any other ring, that is, slides on easily but resists sliding off so that it will not fall without you noticing.
The best way to know your ring size is to fit it on and take it off while observing how it slides. If it easily slides onto your ring finger but needs some tugging to take it off, it's probably a good fit.
But if it's hard to get it off past the knuckle, forcing you to pry it off, it's probably small, and it needs to be resized to a larger size. On the other hand, if it gets off easily, it's probably too loose and needs some adjustments to make it smaller.
How Do Jewelers Resize an Engagement Ring?
There are different resizing methods that jewelers use. Although the best method will depend on your needs, most jewelers use these two methods for engagement rings probably because of their size;
If your ring is big, your jeweler will cut a piece of the band and put it back together, then clean and polish it so that it doesn't look resized.
For smaller rings, the jeweler usually cuts the bottom and adds a small piece to the shank to increase its size.
Stretching the ring's band is also another method. However, this is usually reserved for rings without gemstones.
How Long Does It Take to Resize an Engagement Ring?
It can take anywhere between a few hours to several weeks. The exact time it takes depends on the metal, the design of the ring, and your jeweler.
Resizing simple rings without gemstones is faster. Also, if you only need your ring adjusted by half its size or less, it won't take long for the jeweler to stretch it to the correct size.
How Much Does Resizing Cost?
The cost ranges from $20-$60 for simple rings, depending on the metal type and location. However, resizing complex rings is a bit costly, ranging from $50-$150 on average.
Some factors that affect the costs include metal type, stones, ring thickness, and whether you need your ring to be enlarged or reduced.
Can All Rings Be Resized?
Unfortunately, no. Rings that are thin or eternity bands or whose bands have delicate stones can't be resized. Also, some metals like titanium, rose gold, and tungsten are not conducive to resizing. If your ring can't be resized, we recommend using a ring guard, which wraps around the shank to make it smaller. However, this is only a temporary solution.
Although ring resizing is possible, several things can go wrong, such as creating loose stones and weakening the metal. It's why you need to work with a trustworthy and experienced jeweler.
Our team at Acredo is ready to help. We have experience working with different metals. We will work closely with you to ensure that you get the perfect fit. And if you think you might need a new ring instead, we can help you choose the right size.