There are many reasons for wanting a ring resized. Perhaps you have inherited a family heirloom that you wish to wear yourself or maybe you bought a piece that doesn’t fit. Other reasons for ring resizing include weight loss or gain or the desire to wear a ring on a different finger. At The Goldmarket, ring resizing is a popular service, and something we have extensive experience with.
We take a look at the process and what it entails as well as sharing some examples of our work.
What Metal is the Ring Made From?
Most of the rings bought to us for resizing are either gold, white gold or platinum however, we also get requests to resize silver rings and even palladium.
In the case of silver, if it is a plain ring, we can fulfil the request however, if it is stone set then unfortunately, we can’t. If the ring is platinum the process will involve laser welding and can take longer.
What Size Does Should the Ring Be?
The first step is to measure the finger that you wish to wear the ring on to make sure that we know the correct size. We will measure both your finger and the current ring size and then calculate how much needs to be added or removed for the ring to fit correctly.
Increasing the Ring Size
Increasing the size of a ring requires a new piece of metal to be added to the shank. It must be the same material as the ring to ensure a good match – 18ct white gold for an 18ct white gold ring etc.
The gallery below showcases a recent ring resize carried out by our talented jeweller in house.
As you can see, the first step is to heat the ring to find the original join line (anneal the ring). Then we carefully cut the shank down that same fire line if possible and then offer up the new metal which has to be accurately measured to ensure the ring is sized correctly.
The next step is to solder the new piece into place ensuring that the shank is strong. The shank will then be filed and polished to remove any evidence of the join and to blend the metal of the existing ring with the new piece. This requires a careful hand and a keen eye, something our jewellers most certainly have.
Reducing the Ring Size
Often, reducing the size of a ring is simpler than increasing the size of the ring as we don’t have to add any new metal to the shank. Instead, we are removing a piece to ensure that the ring fits accordingly.
Using the same process required to increase the size of a ring, the shank is cut, the correct sized piece of metal is removed and the ring is soldered back together. The join is then filed, buffed and polished using specialist machinery and the ring is good as new.
How Much Does it Cost?
A simple ring resizing up or down costs from £30 however, because every ring is different and the requirements will be unique, we would ask that you contact us first. You can find out more about the process, the cost and how to book an appointment here but the best thing to do is pop in and see us.
Our Talented Jewellers
We are very lucky to have 2 very talented jewellers working at our in-house bench in Weston super Mare. Often, they can carry out work while you wait, or certainly within a few hours. This will depend on how busy they are but we are proud to say that 90% of ring resizes are completed on the spot. If it is a complex job, we may require the ring for longer. For example, a platinum resize will require laser welding which takes more time. While most of the jobs can be carried out in house, there are occasions when the piece will need to be sent away for more specialist work.
If you have a ring that needs re-sizing, the best thing is to bring or post it in for us assess. We can then accurately tell you what is required, if it is something we can do in house and how long it will take. We can also give you a quote for the work as well. All of our work is covered by a 12 month guarantee however, it is very rare that there are ever any issues and your resized ring will be as good as the day you bought it.