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Sizing a Diamond Engagement Ring: Frequently Asked Questions

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It's quite common to need a diamond engagement ring resized. Because it can be difficult to guess someone's exact ring size measurement, people frequently need to resize their diamond engagement ring right away if their significant other surprised them with a proposal. Don't worry if your diamond engagement ring needs to be resized. Resizing a ring is usually a simple process. Even in more difficult cases, if your ring does not fit perfectly, you always have options. Do you know which ring resize solution is best for you? Learn more by reading our answers to the most frequently asked questions about engagement ring sizing.

How does a diamond ring need to fit?

Diamond rings should fit snugly on your ring finger but not be painfully tight. You want to have to pull a little to get a ring off, but not so much that it's irritating or painful to wear. You don't want yourdiamond ring to be so loose that it falls off on its own without any pulling or resistance. That indicates that your ring size is too large.

What is the most reliable way to determine ring size?

The best way to determine your diamond ring size is to have a professional jeweler use a metal ring sizer to take your measurements. This will yield the most precise results. Another reasonably accurate method is to use a metal or hard plastic ring sizer on yourself. You can also find your ring size by measuring the inner diameter of a ring that fits you perfectly on your left hand's ring finger and then looking it up on a ring size chart.

It is worth noting that, while many websites recommend measuring your finger size with string or a paper printout, we would advise against doing so. When pulled taut, string can stretch, and paper ring sizers can be printed at the incorrect scale. While these ring sizing methods can provide an estimate of your ring size, they leave a lot of room for user error and are generally discouraged.

What does slipping your ring from side to side mean?

Diamond rings can sometimes slip from side to side if they are slightly loose or top heavy (often due to a large center stone). If your ring is slipping from side to side, you can have it resized by a fraction of a ring size or add a sizing assistant to it. A ring sizing assistant is a small bar or two small beads placed in the center of the ring. A ring sizing assistant can reduce a ring by a quarter size, allowing a slightly loose or unbalanced ring to stay securely in place.

How much smaller or larger can a ring be made?

A jeweler can usually resize a ring up to two sizes larger or smaller. Resizing a ring more than two sizes away from its original size can put too much strain on it.

What is the procedure for ring resizing?

A jeweler will cut out a small piece of the diamond ring's band and then solder the ring back together seamlessly to make it smaller. A jeweler will typically make a cut at the bottom of the diamond ring's band, then add a small, precisely sized piece of metal to make it larger. A jeweler may occasionally stretch a ring to make it larger. The stretching technique is best suited for rings with no gemstones. It's also best for minor size adjustments, because stretching a ring to significantly increase its diamond ring size can sometimes distort its shape.

Can all ring styles be resized?

Many rings can be resized, but some cannot due to design or material limitations.

Due to their design, rings with diamonds or gemstones across the entire ring cannot usually be resized. They usually don't have enough exposed metal to work with for a jeweler. Furthermore, stone placement and size can cause issues when attempting to resize an eternity ring.

A tension set ring is another ring style that cannot usually be resized. Exact proportions are required for these rings to maintain the pressure required to hold diamonds or gemstones in place. If a tension set ring did not fit, it would most likely need to be completely remade.

Because of the precious metal, some other rings cannot be resized. For example, because rose gold cracks easily, it may be impossible to resize a rose gold ring without damaging it. Then, tungsten and titanium rings are extremely hard, making resizing them so difficult that most jewelers will not attempt it.

How long does ring resizing take?

A ring resize typically takes one to two weeks, but the exact timeframe will depend on your jeweler's schedule and how simple or complex your resize will be.

What is the cost of ring resizing?

There is no set fee for having an engagement ring or wedding band resized because the cost is usually determined by the complexity of the work. Resizing a ring that has a simple design and only requires a minor adjustment may cost less than $50. Resizing a ring can cost several hundred dollars in more complicated cases.

What should I do if my ring is unable to be resized?

You have a couple of options if your engagement ring cannot be resized. If your engagement ring is too loose, you could wear a tighter ring on the outside of it to help it stay in place. If your ring is too tight or too loose, but you don't want to wear a second ring to keep it in place, you should talk to a jeweler about having it remade.

We can resize rings and do custom work at Frank Jewelers. So, if the design of your ring makes resizing difficult or impossible, we can fully recreate it when necessary. We will always work with you to determine whether there are any other options that would be easier and more convenient than completely remaking your engagement ring. However, if necessary, we can completely redesign designs in our showroom.

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