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How Much Does it Cost to Resize a Ring?

on Apr 19, 2017 9:20 AM

How much does it cost to resize a ring?

Looking for an exact price list for resizing a ring? You won't find that here. Or likely anywhere.

And here's why:

Jewelers must consider numerous factors when determining ring resizing cost, as each element affects the materials needed and the time and effort of the procedure.

How Much Does it Cost to Resize a Ring?

It could be $20 to resize a ring. Or it could be hundreds of dollars.

The cost depends on:

1. How much bigger or smaller it needs to be

2. What metal it's made of

3. How much metal needs to be manipulated

4. How the stones and design elements of the ring will affect the new shape

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Sizing Up vs. Sizing Down

Making your ring smaller will almost always cost less than making it larger because there are no costs for added materials.

To decrease the size of a ring, jewelers typically:

1. Cut the band in the back.

2. Remove the necessary amount of metal.

3. Solder the two pieces back together.

To increase the size of a ring, jewelers can either:

1. Stretch the metal (which many do not recommend in any situation).

2. Cut the band and create a bridge of additional metal to re-join the pieces.

The amount of extra material needed directly affects the overall price. 

Pro Tip: "Don’t resize your ring too often! Your finger can change as much as a half size from day-to-day."
- Ben, J. Anthony Jewelers 

 

Metals

In order of least expensive to impossible, here's how various fine metals fall on the cost spectrum:

Yellow gold - One of the easier metals to resize. Most inexpensive comparably speaking, but gold prices can be volatile.

Sterling silver - Fairly easy to resize. Comparable to yellow gold.

White gold - Requires refinishing and a reapplication of rhodium plating (applied to retain the white gold color).

Rose gold - Very temperamental. Can crack during resizing.

Platinum - Requires its own tools for resizing. Has a higher melting point than gold, creating more work.

Titanium - Extremely hard to work with. Some jewelers are not able to resize.

Tungsten - Metal is too hard to be resized.

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Thickness

This one's simple. The thicker the ring, the higher the price of the resize. More ring = more material. 

Pro Tip: "See a jeweler with the exact ring you want in order to size it correctly, because a wide band will fit tighter than a thinner band." - Kim, Dream Jewelers

The width of the band isn't the only thing that can contribute to its thickness, though.

Does your ring have a flat bottom? This is called a european - or euro - shank. Many people like it because it reduces the ability of your ring to spin on your finger. In the case of resizing, a euro shank does add to the cost because the corners add more metal weight.

Additional Stones

The number, type and location of the stones in a ring will all affect the cost to resize.

More stones, more problems - or at least the potential for more problems. The more stones a ring features, the more likely some will need to be moved or adjusted to accommodate the increase or decrease in band.

If diamonds, or other gemstones, are set along the side of a ring that needs to be sized smaller, they will need to be retightened, or even reset, because of the change in curvature.

Some types of gems are temperature sensitive, and those will need to be removed and reset.

If one or more of these conditions applies to your ring, your ring resizing cost will increase.

Consult Your Jeweler

If your ring needs resizing, it's best to get that taken care of, even if it costs you a pretty penny.

No matter how it costs to get a ring resized, it will be cheaper than having to replace the entire piece if it falls off from being too loose or has to get cut off from being too tight.

Unsure if your ring fits properly? (It's not as obvious as you think. Most men tend to wear their rings too loose because they aren't used to the feeling of a slightly snug, properly fitting ring.) Take it to your jeweler. They want you to feel secure wearing your rings and will be glad to evaluate your fit.

 Get Your Free Ring Sizer

 

Editor's Note: This post was originally published June 24, 2016 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

Comments

i am wanting to make my ring a little bigger because it is a little to tight. but it has also been passed down 3 generations so i am wanting it done in front of me. i was curious as to if you could help me and if so how much would it cost. it is 24kt gold

Michelle Audet

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Hi Michelle - Jewelers Mutual can only help with insuring your ring. Our friends at American Gem Society can definitely help you find a reputable jeweler who can help you resize your ring. Check out their Find a Jeweler tool here: https://www.americangemsociety.org/en/find-a-jeweler Let me know if there's anything else we can help you with!

Chelsea Drusch

I need just a hair larger for my rings, about .25. They are platinum and one is a solitare. They quoted me $125.00 each ring, and the back log was 10 days (they wanted to keeo the rings that whole time). I passed. Meanwhile it turned cold and now my rings don't need to be resized.

Winning!

Mary

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

That's great, Mary! It's tough to size your ring just right in fluctuating temperatures. It obviously needs to be big enough to fit when your fingers are retaining more water, but you certainly don't want it too loose when it cools down. If you do decide to size your ring up to accommodate warmer temperatures, might I suggest purchasing a BlingWrap from BlingGuard? Their "invisible ring sizer" is a hypoallergenic, latex-free band that gives your ring a more snug fit. It would be perfect on those cold days when your finger shrinks up!

Chelsea Drusch

Hi!!where can i resize my ring is a silver diamond n how much it can cost,i stay in limpopo(polokwane)

George madiba

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Hi, George - We are based in the U.S., so I can't be of much help with either pricing or locations for resizing your ring locally. Hopefully, you can get a ballpark idea of how much your ring should cost to be resized based on the above information. Thanks for reading!

Chelsea Drusch

I have a sterling silver ring and band. The ring has a big diamond with little ones on each side about halfway down the ring, and the band just has the same small diamonds on the top half of the ring. I need it down sized from a 7 to a 6. Any idea how pricey this would be and if it's worth it, since it's a temporary ring until I get my real gold diamond engagement ring in about a year, two tops. Thanks for the help in advance.

Brooke

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Hi Brooke - Sorry for the delay. Our top jewelry expert was on vacation for the holidays and I wanted to be sure to get you the best answer. Only your jeweler can give you an exact price quote. However, given that both rings are sterling silver and the stones do not wrap all the way around, it sounds like resizing one size smaller should be a fairly routine procedure. Since your ring is temporary, you could consider investing instead in a BlingWrap by BlingGuard to keep your ring snug until you get the other ring. Thanks for reading!

Chelsea Drusch

Hi I was wondering if a platilite ring can be resized and if so is it one that is going to cost more. Thanks

SusannA

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Hi Susanna - Sorry for the delay. Our top jewelry expert was on vacation for the holidays, but I wanted to be sure to get you the right answer. Given the components of platilite, we don't see a reason why it wouldn't be able to be resized. Since the vast majority of the alloy is sterling silver, we're inclined to think the resizing will be of average cost. However, please do get in touch with your jeweler to see if there are any special considerations with your ring and to get a price quote. Thanks for reading!

Chelsea Drusch

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