Have you ever picked up a beloved ring only to realize it no longer fits? You know it needs to be resized, but where do you go and how much should you expect to pay? We’ve provided all the information you need to consider when resizing a ring and also compiled a handy list of stores that will resize your ring for you.
Can Your Specific Ring Actually Be Resized?
Not all rings can be easily resized. Some customers prize newer metals such as titanium and tungsten for their strength and durability. However, these same features make them very difficult for a 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 the customer purchased a ring from them but had it resized by a different company or jeweler, they void any warranty on the item. Always double check any warranties before getting a piece of jewelry resized.
How Much Does It Cost to Resize a Ring?
Costs for resizing a ring depend on the size of the ring, the material, and the type of resizing.
You can either make a ring smaller or larger — 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. The change in ring size also corresponds to price — enlarging the ring by two or more sizes will significantly raise the cost of the resize.
You can also opt for a simple resize or a complex resize — a complex resize is more expensive than a simple resize. Complex resizing usually involves rings made of difficult-to-adjust materials or inlaid stone designs.
To change the size of a ring, the jeweler will cut open the bottom of the ring. The jeweler will then cut away metal to make the ring smaller or add metal to make the ring larger. Then the jeweler will solder together all the metal to make the ring a complete circle again. The cost to size a simple ring larger is approximately $45 – $85, depending on the metal. The cost to size a simple ring smaller is approximately $20 – $45.
The cost for a complex resize is approximately $50 – $150. Work on complex rings with inlaid stones may cost up to $200 to reset the stones in the newly sized ring.
How Long Does It Take?
In general, the wait time for resizing a simple ring, like a solitaire engagement ring, varies from two hours 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
See our article about where to get a ring resized (20+ places) and wait times for each place.
Resizing a ring typically costs $20-$150 and takes anywhere from two hours to two weeks. If you’re unsure of what ring size to buy — always go large, since it costs less to make a ring smaller. Keep in mind that enlarging a ring or working with one that has a complex design with inlaid stones will take longer and cost more than just a simple resize.