Leo Diamond Rings – One of the most common repairs individuals have is getting their ring corrected to fit. Most rings are manufactured in a “stock size.” The inventory size for women is usually a size 6 and a 10 for guys.
I equate it to buying jeans. Short, regular, tall size choices can really make a difference. The fit of these jeans also comes in to play.
(A shank is the base of this ring) A narrow ring shank will fit differently (smaller ring size) in your finger than a wide shank (substantially bigger size). For example, I wear a size 3.5 in my ring finger for a slender shank, and a 6 on a wide band. This means that while your spouse wears a size five for her engagement ring, it does not mean she’ll wear the exact same size if you put in a wide band to it. Take a moment to look at your fingers, palm side up, and you will see that the finger gets heavier towards the knuckle.
Layout of this ring. A ring with a flat top, invisible group stones, or tiny side stones might be unable to stretch/shrink to fit you. A jeweler will be able let you know the limitations of this ring. For instance: A dimension 9 channel set anniversary band can’t be sized down to a size 5. The angles of this metal which hold the diamonds is will alter too much, causing the stones to fall out. Two dimensions is usually the max range of adjustment for rings with stone. Rings with squared off shanks are somewhat more difficult to size and will cost a bit more labor wise because the jeweler has to make two adjustments. (like taking a dress up from the sides rather than the back seam) A quality jeweler should be able to copy the milgrain (tiny beaded edge) or even ridges/designs after the sizing is done.
In case your rings are engraved on the interior, 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 having a ring which reads, “Never t art.”
Ring Substance. Some rings can’t be sized. Tungsten, stainless, and titanium rings come into mind. If people purchase these rings, then they just have to buy new ones should they gain/lose weight. Some tension set rings also should not be sized. Plated rings (gold over silver was made more popular with Macys, Kmart, and soaring gold prices) could be sized, but many jewelers will refuse them because the plating comes off with the warmth of the jeweler’s torch. If you fall in love with a plated or costume ring, then don’t despair… Purchase it as close to your size as possible. A simple ring protector can be worn to make it longer “wearable.”
“Temperamental” stone. Expect to be charged more for the sizing. Shell, coral, cameos, pearls, opals, malachite, turquoise, tanzanite, and emeralds need to be removed before any sizing with warmth can occur. They need to be re-set after that, so this explains why it takes longer and costs a little more.
Platinum vs. White Gold. Platinum jewelry is similar to having a Cadillac. I once had a broken bolt and invested $800 to replace the whole wheel. Platinum is more infrequent than white gold, which makes it and its “parts” more costly. Without fail platinum jewelry is a great deal more costly to repair and service. Platinum scratches more and tends to “bend” rather than break. Platinum is denser and feel “thicker” than a gold ring of the exact same size. White gold is an alloy of white metals, such as silver and nickel together with pure yellow gold. This mixture is the reason white gold looks “yellowish white.” Rhodium is a part of the platinum family and gives white gold the “white-white” look of platinum. With exposure to chemicals (bleach), wear and tear, or sweat, the rhodium plating can come off. If your rhodium begins to wear off, it may be touched up with a jeweler.
Sizing Options A common ring sizing problem is “large knuckles, skinny fingers.” I see this one every day, and it effects people with arthritis the many. There are choices for adding elastic pubs, gold beads (bishop bumps), as well as hinged bands into the bottom of rings to make them more comfortable. These choices vary greatly in cost, so request your choices at the repair counter. A common problem with the big knuckle crowd is: once the ring is finished the knuckle, it flops around. In the past, we’ve installed a wider shank to counter balance the weight from the surface of the ring. A ring protector is usually the least expensive choice to solve this dilemma.
Sizing vs. Stretching Rings are corrected to fit by stretching if they: A. have enough metal in the shank to deal with the adjustment without becoming too thin B. are being corrected around a half size. The alloy is corrected without adding additional metal to it. Rings are sized when they’re trimmed and either reduced or enlarged. If the ring is being enlarged, the jeweler will add a sheet of gold into the ring and melt the gold to both sides of the piece. This is the more expensive of the two choices and more time consuming.
Want your ring size? We recommend getting it sized with an expert in person. Another choice is to bring in a ring which fits for relatively sized. Your ring size may vary up to 3 ring dimensions through the course of this day. Factors included: weather finger shrink from the cold and swell in the warmth, diet (salty food may liquefy palms), time of month (self explanatory, women), and time of day (I wake up with lanky fingers and go to bed with fat ones). If your ring does not fit perfectly, you might want to utilize it for a few times 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 repair. Several factors contribute to how the ring is sized, or whether it CAN be sized. 1 indisputable fact: you will not wear the jewelry if it’s the wrong size. Talk with your local jewelry repair technician about any additional questions you might have. Remember every ring is different, and don’t be scared to take “hopeless jobs” in for a second opinion.