Short Answer: Resizing a ring may cost anywhere from around $20 up to several hundred dollars depending on whether you are making the ring larger or smaller and whether the ring includes any complex features like engraving or inlaid stones. For more details on resizing rings, see below.
How Much Does It Cost to Resize a Ring?
Costs for resizing a ring depends on the size of the ring, the material, and the type of resizing. The cost to make a simple ring larger is approximately $40 to $95, depending on the metal. The cost to make a simple ring smaller generally range from $20 to $50.
The cost for a complex resize is approximately $50 to $200. Work on rings with features like inlaid stones may cost up even more, as the stones may need to be reset in the newly-sized ring.
To gather information about ring resizing costs, timing, and processes, we contacted several chain and independent jewelers across the U.S.
You can either make a ring smaller or larger — usually by up to two sizes, though some jewelers will resize by up to four sizes. Making a ring larger always costs more than making it smaller. The reason for this is the cost of the additional metal the jeweler must use to increase the size. Thicker ring designs (such as those with wide bands) cost more to resize for the same reason.
The change in ring size also corresponds to price; the more you need to enlarge the ring, the more it will cost.
You can also opt for a simple resize or a complex resize. Complex resizing usually involves rings made of difficult-to-adjust materials or inlaid stone designs and is more expensive than a simple resize.
Can Your Ring Be Resized?
Not all rings can be easily resized. Metals such as titanium and tungsten, for example, are strong and durable — but this makes them difficult for the jeweler to manipulate. Rings made of tungsten can’t be resized. Rings made of titanium can be resized, but not all jewelers will accept the task — and those that will usually charge higher prices.
Does the original ring have a meaningful engraving on the inside? Since ring resizing is usually accomplished by modifying the size of the shank, you may lose any engraving present on the shank. Jewelers can replicate the engraving on the resized ring, but it may take more time and cost more than a simple ring resizing.
You should also note that some retail locations may place a restrictive warranty on the merchandise sold. This means if you purchase a ring from one store but have it resized by a different company or jeweler, the warranty on the ring may be void. Always double check any warranties before getting a piece of jewelry resized.
How Long Does Resizing Take?
In general, the wait time for resizing a simple ring, like a solitaire engagement ring, varies from two hours (if on-site resizing is available) to two weeks. If the ring is a complex design with inlaid stones or an intricate setting, you can expect to wait for one to four weeks for a resizing.
Metals such as platinum and rose gold require special tools and extra care to keep the metal from cracking. Rose gold and platinum rings may take extra time to resize at an additional cost.
Mark Hadley from Hadley’s House of Diamonds briefly explains the fundamentals of resizing in this quick video:
Where to Get a Ring Resized
For information about where to get your ring resized, see our list of jewelers that resize rings, including wait times for each place.