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How Many Sizes Can a Ring Be Resized?

Annabelle / December 12, 2019

One of the most popular questions we get from our customers; how many ring sizes can you go up or down? The answer isn’t perfectly straightforward, because it depends on several factors. Read on to find out how many sizes can a ring be resized. 

The Ring Resizing Process

To understand how this works, you’ll need to know how jewelers size rings. The traditional method is to cut into the ring at the back, where it won’t affect the design, and add or remove metal until the ring is the correct size. Then the jeweler solders the cut shut, and polishes it to remove any signs of work. 

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A jeweler cutting into the back of a ring.

There are two other methods used for sizing in addition to cutting. One is stretching, which can only be used with plain bands to go up or down a half or full size. The jeweler puts the ring in a specially-designed machine and cranks it to pull out or compress the ring.

The second method is an alternative process that is only used for sizing down. It involves soldering beads or a strip of metal to the interior of the ring in order to fill in the space between the ring and the wearer’s finger. This method is typically used for rings that cannot be sized down via the traditional method. 

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These stainless steel eternity bands have sizing balls on the interior.

What affects a ring resizing?

Several factors determine how many sizes a ring can be resized.

1. The Design

The design is the most important factor for determining how the ring can be resized. Is it a simple solitaire? Are there channel-set baguettes on the sides? The more complex the design, the more complicated the job as the entire ring will be affected by the bending of the metal in the sizing process. 

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This elaborate piece was sized from a 6.5 to a 10.

Bands are the easiest to work with, provided that they are plain and do not have any stones set in the design. A plain band can be sized up or down as much as six or seven sizes. 

Solitaire-style rings can also be sized up and down significantly from 4 to 5 sizes, provided that they do not have complicated shoulder designs. The shoulders of the ring are the portions of metal on the left and right of the ring’s design. Plain shoulders will not be significantly affected during the sizing process, but shoulders with stones or intricate metalwork will be damaged as the jeweler needs to bend them in order to size the ring.

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A diagram with the different portions of a ring labeled.

 

Eternity rings can only be sized on a case-by-case basis, and the original design will be lost if sizing up. They usually can be sized down significantly if using the alternative method of attaching sizing beads or strips to the interior, and sized up to two sizes if you’re willing to break the eternity design. When sized up, a blank patch of metal will be noticeable at the area of work, unless if the jeweler is able to set stones in the location to match the rest of the ring.

Signet rings and class rings pose a unique challenge to the jeweler. While many signet rings are plain looking in construction, with no stones, the flatness of their design will crumple if sized up or down significantly. A skilled jeweler may be able to circumvent this by cutting off the back of the ring and replacing it with a new piece of metal to accommodate the requested size, but this is done on a case by case basis. Class rings can be sized up and down with a 3-5 size difference, but the process may break the center stone, requiring the jeweler to replace it. 

2. The Shank

The back of the ring is called a shank, and it plays a big role in how many sizes your ring can go up. While the jeweler does add a small amount of metal to the shank in order to size up 1 to 2 sizes, a thin shank cannot be sized traditionally as it will be too structurally weak to withstand daily wear after the process. 

In order to size up rings significantly, a half-shank replacement will be necessary after 2.5 to 3 sizes. This process involves cutting off the existing shank, and attaching a new, thicker shank in the correct size. The jeweler matches the replacement shank to the ring’s metal type in order to keep the design consistent. 

The half-shank replacement is a good investment for two reasons. It can help the jeweler to size the ring up to 4-6 sizes larger than the original size, and it strengthens the durability of the ring. In some situations, it’s the only process that can be used to upsize a ring. While costly, its benefits make it a worthwhile investment. 

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Because of its extremely thin shank and cut, this ring received a half-shank replacement.

3. The Stone

Stones and their setting styles can greatly affect a sizing. Certain stones are very brittle and heat-sensitive in nature, such as emeralds, opals, turquoise, and pearls. If prong-set, these stones can be removed and replaced after the sizing process. 

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This beautiful aquamarine ring needed to be unset and reset due to the inclusions in the stone.

However, if stones in your piece are bezel-set or channel-set, that will cause some issues. The jeweler may have to disassemble and rebuild the setting in order to remove the stone, and this can cause damage to the gem. Channel-set stones are usually the most affected during the sizing process, as the bending of the metal will warp the setting.

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These turquoise rings were very difficult to resize, because the stones could not be removed.

 

The Number of Sizes Your Ring Can Go Up or Down

Now that you have some background on what affects a ring resizing, the general rule is that most rings can go up or down two sizes with minimal fuss. However, that’s clearly not a strict guideline, and you can get away with some drastic upsizing or downsizing if your ring’s design allows for it. Many jewelers will usually turn down these jobs because it requires a lot of skill and time, but if you’re prepared to spend a little more to get the right fit, it can be done. Don’t be limited by their initial evaluation; make sure to explore all options by suggesting a half-shank replacement or ring sizing down alternatives. And if you want an assessment from us on how many sizes can a ring be resized, hit us up in the comments below and we can help you out!

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Nika

Can a ring be resized from a 4 to 6.75??
The ring has a center diamond and 6 small diamonds on each side.

Janae Johnson

Can a ring be sizes from an 11 to a 13.5

Lee

Can my ring go from 5/ to 7/

Emily Wisenbaker

I found my dream engagement ring in a pawn shop. I’m wondering if I’ve made a mistake though. The ring is 8.5 size and I need it down to a 4.5! It’s a past present future oval ring. The ovals are made of four pie shaped stones each equaling twelve total stones. The center stones together are around a 1 ct size And the two side clusters are around .5 ct together each. The ring was a great deal and I jumped on it maybe too fast…. Is there any feasible way to size it down to a 4.5 from… Read more »

Diana

Thanks for the helpful explanation! Is it possible to resize a tall band with many bezel set diamonds? These are only in the front part of the ring, in an intricate grid design. The band is very wide, maybe around 1cm all around the finger. It should go from 20mm to 16.5mm. thank you!

Jason

We just sent you an email to discuss this further!

Tracy

Hi I a. About to buy a 2 ct platinum solitaire engagement ring that is a size n but I am a size s and a half will this work

Jason

We just sent you an email to discuss this further!

Kiki

Can a ring be sized from 8 3/4 to 4?

Catherine

Hi there, yes it can! Here’s a link to purchase a resizing down repair https://quickjewelryrepairs.com/repair/size-down/

Jennifer

Can a channel style ring be sized down from 9.5 to 7.5? Thank you

Catherine

Hi Jennifer, could you please provide a picture of your ring? 🙂

Peter Lloyd

Hi: Can this size 7 be sized up to a 10 without to much of a problem? Can a 1/2 shank be applied? Thanks.Peter

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Catherine

Hi there, do you have a picture of the back of the ring?

Peter Lloyd

Here is the side view. Ring is size 7 and I need it to be a size 10. Can it be done?
Thanks
Peter

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Catherine

Hi Peter, sorry I just saw this second comment. We should be able to resize this UP for you. This is similar to the shape and size of a class style ring. This would cost around $94 to repair. Here’s a link to place an order if you’d like to move forward with our services. Please let me know if you need any assistance with placing an order. https://quickjewelryrepairs.com/repair/ring-sizing-up/

Ashley

Hi I need to know if my Anne Louise ring can be sized from a 5 to a 7.5 it has 7 stones on each side too I’m just nervous of buying and diamonds falling out
I can send pictures

Catherine

Hi Ashley, please email a few pictures of your ring to [email protected] 🙂

J Carlin

I need a ring sized from 3.25 to 7 – is that possible?

Catherine

Hi there! Please send a picture of your piece to [email protected] for further assistance. 🙂

Mallory Martin

Can this ring be resized from a 5 to a 10?

Mallory

Can this ring be resized from a 5 to a 10?

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Catherine

Hi there, please email [email protected] for further assistance!

Connor

Hi there! is it possible to size a ring from an 8 to a 12?

Catherine

Hi there, yes but it does depend on the base metal and style of the ring! Please email a picture to [email protected] for further assistance! 🙂

Paige

Can a sterling silver ring be stretched from a 7 to a 10.5?

Catherine

Hi there, yes depending on the style of your ring. Please email us a picture of your ring to [email protected] for further assistance!

Kimberly

Hey these rings are a 4.5 and I need them sized up to an 8.5. Please tell me if can be accomplished?

Kimberly

These rings are a 4.5 & I need them sized up to 8.5. Please tell me if this can be accomplished? Thank you

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BillieJo Strickley

I won a size 4.25 ring on EBTH. Can it be resized to an 11?

Catherine

Hi BillieJo, please kindly send us a picture of the ring to our email [email protected] for further assistance!

Kendra Ragland

Can a ring be resized from a 7 to a 10

Catherine

Hi there, keep an eye out for an email from us!

Smc

Could this ring be sized down from a 6 to 5 1/2?

Catherine

Hi there, keep an eye out for an email from us!

Amanda

Hi I was wondering if my ring could be resized from a 7 to a 6 or 6 1/2. It Has 3 main diamonds with 5 tiny diamonds on each side

Catherine

Hi there, please email us a picture and description to [email protected] for further assistance! 🙂

Melanie

Hello, Can this band ring be sized from 7.5 to 4.5?

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Catherine

Hi There, we should be able to size this down for you. Please use this link to place an order and let us know if you have any other questions! https://quickjewelryrepairs.com/repair/ring-sizing/size-down/

Bindi

Can a O size ring be sized to a V?
It’s a white gold diamond band?

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Catherine

Hi There, do you know what that size is in U.S sizes? We use numbers!

Eric

Hi can this ring be resized from a 4.25 to a 7.5?

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Catherine

Hi There, sadly we cannot resize this ring down. If we sized it down by that much, it would damage and ruin the integrity of the ring. Apologies that we cannot complete this request for you but please keep us in mind for your future repairs!

Iman

Can this ring be resizing from size K to size M ?
Regards

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Catherine

Hi there, we are located an the US and use numerical sizing. I believe a k-m size would be 5.25-6.25 so yes, this can be resized up by one full size. Here’s a link to place an order for that service. https://quickjewelryrepairs.com/repair/ring-sizing/ring-sizing-up/

Ngoc Vo

Hello there. Can this ring be sized down from size 7 to size 3.5? If so about how much would that cost?

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Catherine

Hi There, we should be able to size this ring down to a 3.5 since the shank of the ring is a plain band. Ring resizing down starts around $35 depending on the base metal of the ring. Here is a link with more info and how you can place an order with us. https://quickjewelryrepairs.com/repair/ring-sizing/size-down/

al cody

can a ring be sized from at size 6 to size 9 ? it has diamonds going down the band???

Catherine

Hi there, could you provide a picture and tell us what the base metal of it is?

elizabeth

hello this is a size 5, can you resize it to a 10?

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Catherine

Hi There, yes we can! We’ll reach out with further details 🙂

Neréce Lötter

The ring I want has to be bought in a size 8 but I’m a size 10.5. The ring has zirconias on half of the band but the bottom is plain. Can it happen?

Catherine

Hi There, yes definitely! Since there is an area of plain band, we should be able to resize this ring.

Diane Dickey

Hi, and thank you for the very helpful information. I really want this ring, but don;t know if it can be resized from 6.5 to 9. Thanks. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-14K-Gold-Filigree-Domed-Shrimp-Ring-5-grams/353198919539?_trksid=p2485497.m4902.l9144

Catherine

Hi There, yes we can size for you but the shank may have to be replaced in order to prevent damage. This will cost around $240. Please let us know if this is something you’d like to move forward with.

Marie

How easy would it be to make this ring possibly up to 5 sizes bigger? The stone doesn’t matter as I am having my brothers ashes fitted within a design in resin but I have big hands for a girl size U/V lol

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Catherine

Hi Marie, Rings like this can be very difficult to size due to the stone. The stone may burn during sizing however, we would be able to size this by fully replacing the shank. Since this is a double band style, it will cost around $275 to replace the double shank. Please feel free to reach out to [email protected] if you’d like to place an order for this!

Marie

Here’s another photo from a different angle

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Heather

Is it possible to size this ring down and it’s wedding band from a 7 to a 3.5?

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Catherine

Yes it is but there will be additional fee’s since you’re going down more than 2 sizes! Can you confirm the base metal so I can confirm costs?

Sally

Bezel set mabe pearl approx 16.5x 20.0 mm, sz 9, can it be sized down to size5 preferred or sz6 second choice. Set in 925

Catherine

Hi Sally, can you provide a picture of the ring? Not all rings can be sized down 4 sizes!

Sally

Just Sally again, The Pearl is Baroque, same dimensions, I made a mistake

Vicki Rintoul

Hi can I get a ring size 6 made larger to a nine. It has 3 diamonds on the top & 3 on each side

Catherine

Hi there, we’ll reach out to you with further details! 🙂

john

Can a Gypsy ring with three diamonds be resized from 7 to 10.5? It is 18K.

Catherine

Hi there, we’ll reach out to you with further details! 🙂

Cody beadnell

Can this be taken down to a size 5 from a size 7

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Catherine

Hi Cody, did you mean sized up? If so, yes it can! Here’s a link with more info and pricing on this service and how you can place an order with us. 🙂

https://quickjewelryrepairs.com/repair/ring-sizing-up/

Cody beadnell

Sorry I got my numbers backwards it is a 7 now and I need it to be a 5

Catherine

No worries! You can use this link instead 🙂 https://quickjewelryrepairs.com/repair/ring-sizing/size-down/

Ruby Lara

This ring is size four but want to change it to a 8 is this possible

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Catherine

Hi Ruby, Thanks for reaching out! Is the base metal of this ring silver?

Savannah

Hiya! Got my eye on my dream bridal set but wondering if it can be sized down from a US 8 to a US 4.5 it has diamonds all down the sides. Can attach photo if necessary 🙂

Catherine

Hi Savannah, we’ll reach out to you shortly with further details! 🙂

Stacey

Can a ring be sized from Size 9 to 5.5?

Catherine

Hi There, it depends on the base metal and style of the ring! Could you email a picture to us at [email protected]?

Diane Wilson

This ring is a size 6 and it needs to be resized to a 9.5. Can this be done? It is 14K yellow gold

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Catherine

Hi Diane, Yes it can! We’ll reach out with further details 🙂

Hyasinta

Can this be sized down from 6.75 to 5.25 easily?

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Catherine

Hi There, as long as the base metal is a precious metal like gold, we should be able to! Here’s a link for our ring resizing down service. https://quickjewelryrepairs.com/repair/ring-sizing/size-down/

McKenna

Can this (11.5 size) ring be sized down to a 4.5 ?

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Catherine

Hi There, we should be able to but the shoulders of the ring may not align right with your finger. Can you tell me what the base metal of the ring is so I can provide repair costs? 🙂

Dana Edwards

Can this ring be sized down to a 4.25?

Catherine

Hi Dana! Yes, we should be able to size this for you. Here’s a link for this service. Pricing will be listed if you fill it out accordingly. https://quickjewelryrepairs.com/repair/ring-sizing/size-down/

Angel V

any way i can get a 10k ring sized 7 to size 11?

Catherine

Hi Angel, it depends on the ring itself! We’ll reach out to you for a photo of the ring. 🙂

Amy

Can channel set ring be sized down 3 sizes?

Catherine

Hi Amy, it depends on the base metal and ring itself. We’ll reach out via email with more info!

Hunter Gibson

I have a Emmy London diamond tiara gold ring size 7, can I get it resized to size 8.5? Would it distort the design or stone placement?

Catherine

Hi There, we’ll reach out via email with further details!

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