Cuts Of Diamonds For Rings – Among the most frequent repairs individuals have is getting their ring corrected to match. Most rings are produced in a “stock size.” The inventory size for women is usually a size 6 and a 10 for guys. The majority of individuals don’t wear a “stock size,” most rings need to be sized by a jeweler for comfortable wear.
I equate it to purchasing jeans. Short, regular, tall size options really can make a huge difference. The fit of the jeans also comes into play.
Ring Sizing Factors to Take into Account
(A shank is the base of the ring) A thin ring shank will fit differently (smaller ring size) on your finger than a wide shank (considerably bigger size). For example, I use a size 3.5 on my ring finger for a slender shank, and a 6 on a wide ring. This means that while your spouse wears a size five for her engagement ring, so it does not mean she’ll wear the same size if you add a wide band to it. Have a moment to look at your fingers, palm side up, and you’ll see that the finger gets heavier towards the knuckle.
Design of the ring. A ring with a flat top, invisible group stones, or miniature side stones might be unable to stretch/shrink to suit you. A breeder will soon be able tell you that the limits of the ring. For instance: A dimension 9 channel set anniversary ring cannot be sized down to a size 5. The angles of the metal that hold the diamonds is would change too much, causing the stones to fall out. Two dimensions is usually the maximum range of adjustment for rings with stones. Rings with squared off shanks are more difficult to size and will cost somewhat more labor wise since the jeweler has to make two adjustments. (like taking a dress up from the sides rather than the back seam) A quality jeweler ought to have the ability to copy the milgrain (tiny beaded edge) or even ridges/designs following the sizing is done.
If your rings have been engraved on the inside, don’t forget to request to have the ring re-engraved before you leave it with the jeweler for sizing. The re-engraving is usually additional, but it beats using a ring that reads, “Never t artwork.”
Ring Material. Some rings cannot be sized. Tungsten, stainless, and titanium rings come into mind. When folks purchase these rings, then they just have to purchase new ones if they gain/lose weight. Some tension set rings also shouldn’t be sized. Plated rings (gold over silver was made more popular with Macys, Kmart, and soaring gold prices) can be sized, but many jewelers will refuse them since the plating comes off with the heat of the jeweler’s torch. Should you fall in love with a plated or costume ring, then do not despair… Purchase it as close to your size as possible. A simple ring protector can be worn to make it longer “wearable.”
“Temperamental” stones. Shell, coral, cameos, pearls, opals, malachite, turquoise, tanzanite, and emeralds HAVE to get eliminated prior to any pruning with heat can occur. They need to get re-set then, so this explains why it takes longer and costs a little more.
Platinum jewellery is like having a Cadillac. I once had a broken bolt and spent $800 to replace the entire wheel. Platinum is much more infrequent than white gold, which makes it and its “components” more costly. Without fail platinum jewellery is much more costly to service and repair. Platinum scratches more and tends to “bend” rather than break. Platinum is denser and feel “heavier” when compared to a golden ring of the same size. White gold is an alloy of metals that are white, such as nickel and silver together with pure yellow gold. This mix is why white gold seems “yellow white.” To overcome this, most producers rhodium plate white gold. Rhodium is a member of the platinum family and gives white gold that the “white-white” appearance of platinum. If your rhodium starts to wear off, it can be touched up with a jeweler.
Sizing Options A frequent ring sizing problem is “big knuckles, skinny fingers.” I see this one every day, and it impacts people with arthritis the many. There are options for adding springy bars, gold beads (bishop lumps), as well as hinged bands into the bottom of rings to make them even more comfortable. These options vary greatly in price, so ask for your options at the fix counter. There is more than one way to skin a cat. A frequent problem with the major knuckle crowd is: once the ring is finished the knuckle, it flops around. In the past, we have set up a wider shank to counter balance the weight out of the surface of the ring. A ring protector is usually the cheapest choice to solve this dilemma.
Sizing vs. Stretching Rings are corrected to match by stretching if they: A. have enough metal in the shank to handle the adjustment without getting overly thin B. are being corrected around a half size. The metal is corrected without adding additional metal to it. Rings are sized when they are trimmed and either reduced or enlarged. Jewelers reform the shank by heating it and melting liquid gold to the seam to re-seal it. If the ring is being enlarged, the bead will put in a piece of gold into the ring and melt the gold to either side of the piece. This can be the more expensive of the two options and much more time consuming.
Want your ring size? We recommend getting it sized with an expert in person. The disposable ring gauges are quite precise, but not foolproof. Another choice is to bring in a ring that matches for comparatively sized. Your ring size can vary up to 3 ring dimensions throughout the course of the day. Factors involved: weather finger psychologist from the cold and dip in the heat, diet (salty food can swell fingers), time of month (self explanatory, women), and time of day (I wake up with skinny fingers and go to bed with fat ones). If your ring does not match perfectly, you might choose to utilize it for a few days to see how the fit fluctuates. Going from an ice cold office to the blazing heat outside can cause huge changes.
Ring sizing is a intricate fix. One indisputable truth: you won’t wear the jewellery if it is the wrong size. Talk to the neighborhood jewelry repair technician about any additional questions that you might have. Keep in mind every ring differs, and do not be afraid to take “impossible tasks” to get a second opinion.