Resizing – Wedding Bands
A wedding band is supposed to last a lifetime, and more often that the statistics would have you believe, they do. However what does tend to wear out is our ability to stay the same weight throughout our lives, and that’s when you have a few problems.
On the day you get married, your wedding ring is a perfect fit. A few years down the line, one too many beers or a couple of children later and it’s surprising just how much an increase in body weight also affects our hands and feet.
It’s common to find that people have gone down two or three shoe sizes when they’re lost weight, so it’s just as likely that the exact opposite happens after a weight gain. Hands are no different. Extra weight means that the fingers become, for want of a better word, fatter.
A ring that was originally a size K is going to struggle to feel comfortable on someone that’s gone up to an M or an N. Again, the reverse is the same. Perhaps you were bigger when you married, then lost weight. Now you’ve got a beautiful diamond wedding set that no longer fits.
That’s when you need your ring/s resizing.
How To Re-size Your Wedding Ring
First of all, don’t assume that it’s something that you’re going to be able to do at home, in the shed, with a few well placed wallops with a small hammer. Ring resizing is a specialist job and you will need to take your jewelry to a professional – otherwise you’re going to end up with a lot of bent (precious) metal.
To re-size up, your jeweler will possibly be able to ‘stretch’ the ring, providing that the ring doesn’t need to increase too much in size. However, if a ring requires a fairly significant size increase, the jeweler will add a piece into the shank of the ring (the band).
This is done by cutting the shank and inserting a matching piece of metal and soldering the two together.
To re-size down, the jeweler will simply cut a small amount out of the shank, solder the ring back together then re-shape and finish the ring. In effect, whether a ring is increased or decreased in size, the jeweler simply works the ring with the opposite method.
Cost wise, that’s dependent upon several factors:
type of ring
shape and design
whether there’s any engraving
The best way to find out how much your ring will cost to re-size is to ask. As you can imagine, there are too many variables so guesswork isn’t reliable enough to give a fair estimate.