The Cost and the Process of Ring Resizing

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Ring resizing is a process in which a ring (of whichever metal or material) is manipulated to fit a larger or a smaller finger. Sound complicated? Actually, it’s not at all. In fact, once you know what size you need the ring to be, the process is fairly simple! The question then becomes how long does it take to get a ring resized?

Whether you are exploring ways to get your ring resized, curious about costs or simply curious about the turnaround time, read on below for some quick answers to your questions.

What is the Process of Ring Resizing?

Whether you need to size a ring up or down, both require cutting (usually at the shank) and either inserting or removing the required metal of the ring.

Ring Downsizing

Resizing a ring down (making the ring shank smaller) is an easy process compared to resizing up. The jeweler will take a small portion of the band out and join the pieces back together. The circular shape is restored, then is soldered back together again. Soldering is a common process in metalwork where the joints of two separate pieces of metal are fused together in a thin layer, uniting the metal.

After the ring is soldered, it’s then cleaned and polished to remove antioxidants that may result from soldering and to smooth its surface. The actual resizing process by the jeweler can take as little as 10 minutes from when the jewelers start working on the ring. However, depending on the ring design, stone settings and material, downsizing may take longer. After resizing, most rings look as good as new, due to our expert jewelers giving them the polishing and cleaning they need!

Ring Upsizing

Upsizing a ring is more intricate and the method varies depending by how much larger you want your ring to be.

If you want a ring resized by half a size, then stretching the band is often the best option. Depending on the materials and design, stretching the band may allow the ring to be resized no more than half a size.

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Ring resizing can take as little as 10 minutes but there are other variables to consider.

If the ring needs to be resized by more than half a size then it will need to be cut. A jeweler will cut the band on the ring’s shank and add a bridge of whichever metal the ring is made up of to make the difference. Then the jeweler will set the ring back in place through soldering or by using a laser depending on the metal and whether there is a precious or semi-precious stone set in the jewelry. The ring’s circular shape is then restored, cleaned, and polished ready for the owner to wear their ring with pride.

What factors affect the process and resizing time for Ring Resizing?

As we mentioned, depending on the ring type or metal, resizing might require different approaches. Here are some things that will impact how jewelers will resize your ring:

  1. If you have a colored stone in the ring, they have to avoid heat exposure or it will damage the rock then the ring itself. No amount of resizing will help you then.
  2. Set stones cannot be resized by more than 1 size without fully resetting the stones.
  3. When dealing with a platinum ring, there needs to be a much higher heat exposure as the the metal’s melting point is much higher. This can cause issues with platinum rings that have colored stones due to our first point. In order to avoid damaging the stone and the ring, the jewelers will need to use the laser solderer instead of the flame solder in order to protect the stones and the ring. 
  4. Silver is generally a harder metal than gold as gold is much softer and easier to work with.
  5. Stainless steel rings can be resized, despite what your local jeweler might tell you! Many jewelers don’t even bother with stainless steel resizing because it has an incredibly high melting point beyond most commonly used tools. This means that specialized machines such as TIG Welders and high-powered laser welders are needed and those tools are usually only possessed by jewelry manufacturers. Fortunately, Quick Jewelry Repairs is one of the few jewelry repair services that can offer ring resizing for stainless steel rings.

Ring sizing doesn’t need to be this huge hassle as long as you go to a fast and reputable jeweler (like Quick Jewelry Repairs!) that has quality assurance and ability to turn over the jewelry in a quick time frame.

How Long Does it Take to Get a Ring Resized?

At Quick Jewelry Repairs, we can resize rings of all kinds of metals (including stainless steel) and we have an average turnaround time of 1-2 business day for 90% of all our repairs. So send your jewelry over to us and we will get your rings all sorted for you!


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The Cost Of Ring Resizing

The price of your ring resizing depends on a few factors:

  • How many sizes are going up and down: The larger the size difference, the more labor is involved. While sizing down doesn’t require any additional materials, sizing up means that metal is added to your ring. The metal can be quite costly, especially if it’s gold or platinum, which increases the cost.
  • Type of metal: Platinum and stainless steel are significantly more difficult to resize, and the equipment, experience, and labor necessary to successfully work with rings made from these materials contributes to the price.
  • Stone setting & design: The design of the ring and how the stones are set can affect the resizing process. For instance, rings that contain channel-set stones face the possibility of loosened stones during the resizing process. Tightening the stones will add to the total cost of the ring resizing.
  • Polishing & finishing: Some rings have decorative looks, such as satin or hammered finishes. These visual effects require special equipment and a skilled polisher or jeweler. Plated jewelry will discolor after the resizing process, and re-plating the ring will increase the price.

As an example, consider this yellow gold diamond ring with channel-set diamonds. It’s going up from a 5 to a 7, so that’ll be $59 to resize. After the resizing, if there are four loose stones, it’ll be $5 per stone to tighten. In total, the cost for resizing this ring will be $79.

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Before and After Examples of Resizing a Ring:

 

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A stainless steel ring that was resized down from a 10.5 to a 9.

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This gold ring was sized from a 6.75 to a 10!

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This pearl ring was sized from a 5.75 to a 10!

If you’re ready to size a ring and get that perfect fit again, start the ring sizing process below!

Have a ring you want to resize? Let’s get started

Do you have questions or a ring you want to resize? Write us and we’ll get back to you with an evaluation for your item.
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    Niki High

    What is the price of upsizing my platinum and diamond wedding set by half a size?

    Annabelle

    Hi Niki! I sent you an email regarding pricing; please check your inbox.

    Courtney

    What is the price downsizing my silver ring from a 7 to a 5?

    Annabelle

    Hi Courtney! Ring sizing down for silver is $35. Let me know if you have any other questions and I’ll be happy to help you 🙂

    Jordyn Myers

    How do you find out what size you need it to be? And how much is sizing down on white gold?

    Annabelle

    Hi Jordyn,

    Please check out our video on how to find out your ring size: https://youtu.be/U_v_BI_ENAo

    Sizing down for white gold is $35, you can place your order by adding our ring resizing service to your cart.

    Judy Nelson

    HI
    How much would it cost to have a ring go up one size from a 7 to 8?
    It is white gold and is a 3 prong setting.
    Thanks
    Judy

    Annabelle

    Hi Judy,

    It’ll be $49 + shipping. You can check out with our ring resizing up service https://quickjewelryrepairs.com/repair/ring-sizing-up/

    Ann Wieberg

    Can you change a ring size from a 6 to a 10? 14k white gold. It has some side stones but not all the way around the band. Estimated cost?

    Annabelle

    Hi Ann,

    We’ve sent you an email! 🙂

    Phylicia Swain

    Anabe.. can u tell us how much pl? Thank you!

    Catherine

    Hi There, that will cost around $109 depending on the style and thickness of the ring!

    Lisa

    I have a 10k white gold wedding band with diamonds and it’s a size 11. I need it to be downsized to a size 9 and half. Where are you located ? I’m in South Bend, Indiana.

    Annabelle

    Hi Lisa,

    We’ve sent you an email in response 🙂

    Mark Kuchera

    I just found my old college class ring, of course my fingers are fat now… lol, it’s 10k gold and need to go from a 10 to a 12.5. Can I get instructions and pricing please

    Annabelle

    Hi Mark,

    We’ve responded to you via email 🙂

    Lawrence

    How much is it to size my mans silver black onix ministers ring down from 12 in to 11 1/2.

    Annabelle

    Hi Lawrence,

    We’ve emailed you! 🙂

    Jodie

    Can a sterling silver ring be sized down ?

    Quick Jewelry Repairs

    Absolutely! If you need help placing an order please let us know 🙂

    Denice Halliburton

    What floor are you on in Clark building

    Annabelle

    Hi Denice, we’re located at 902 Broadway 18th floor.

    Haley

    How much would it cost for me to get my 14k gold ring resized from a 7 to a 6?

    Annabelle

    Hi Haley, it’ll be $39 + shipping! You can place your order here https://quickjewelryrepairs.com/repair/ring-sizing/size-down/

    Nancy black

    Yes

    Nancy black

    I have a 10 kt gold ring that is a size 8 n needs to be a 9 .. the problem is u can’t use heat because the stone is resin .. she says it has to be done with a laser.. it was custom made with ashes from my husband. Plz let me know if u do this and price plz .. thk h

    Catherine

    Hi Nancy, We’ll reach out to you via email with further details!