Promsie Rings – Among the most common repairs people have is getting their ring adjusted to fit. Most rings are manufactured in a “stock dimensions.” The inventory size for women is usually a size 6 and a 10 for men. Most people don’t wear a “stock dimensions,” most rings will need to be sized by a jeweler for comfortable wear.
I equate it to purchasing jeans. Short, regular, tall size choices can really make a huge difference. The fit of the jeans also comes in to play.
(A shank is the bottom half of the ring) A narrow ring shank will fit otherwise (smaller ring size) on your finger compared to a broad shank (considerably bigger size). By way of example, I wear a size 3.5 on my ring finger to get a slender shank, and a 6 on a broad band. This means that if your wife wears a size five for her engagement ring, it doesn’t mean she will wear exactly the same size if you add a broad band for it. Have a little time to look at your fingers, palm side up, and you’ll see that the finger gets thicker towards the knuckle.
Layout of the ring. A ring with a flat top, invisible group stones, or miniature side stones might not be able to stretch/shrink to fit you. A breeder will soon be able let you know the limitations of the ring. For instance: A dimension 9 channel set anniversary band cannot be sized down to a size 5. The angles of the metal which hold the diamonds is will change too much, causing the stones to fall out. Two sizes is usually the max assortment of adjustment for rings with stones. Rings with squared off shanks are somewhat more challenging to dimensions and will cost a bit more labor wise since the jeweler has to make two alterations. (like carrying a dress up from the sides instead of the rear seam) A excellent jeweler should be able to copy the milgrain (tiny beaded edge) or ridges/designs following the sizing is completed.
Engraving. If your rings are engraved on the inside, remember to ask to have the ring re-engraved before you leave it using the jeweler for sizing. The re-engraving is usually added, but it beats having a ring which reads, “Never t artwork.”
Ring Material. Some rings cannot be sized. Tungsten, stainless, and titanium rings come to mind. When folks buy these rings, they simply have to buy new ones should 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 most jewelers will refuse them since the plating comes off using the warmth of the jeweler’s torch. Should you fall in love with a costume or weathered ring, then don’t despair… Purchase it as close to your dimensions as possible. A simple ring guard can be worn to make it more “wearable.”
“Temperamental” stones. Expect to get charged more for the sizing. Shell, coral, cameos, pearls, opals, malachite, turquoise, tanzanite, and emeralds need to get removed before any sizing with warmth can happen. They need to get re-set after that, so this explains why it takes longer and costs a bit more.
Platinum jewellery is similar to having a Cadillac. I once had a broken bolt and invested $800 to replace the entire wheel. Platinum is much more rare than white gold, which makes it and its “parts” more expensive. Without fail platinum jewellery is much more expensive to service and repair. Platinum scratches more and tends to “bend” instead of break. Platinum is denser and feel “heavier” than a golden ring of the same size. White gold is an alloy of white metals, like nickel and silver together with pure yellow gold. This mix is why white gold looks “yellowish white.” To overcome this, most producers rhodium plate white gold. Rhodium is a part of the platinum family and provides white gold the “white-white” look of platinum. Depending on exposure to chemicals (bleach), wear and tear, or sweat, the rhodium plating can come off. If your rhodium begins to wear off, it can be touched up with a jeweler.
Sizing Options A common ring sizing problem is “large knuckles, skinny palms” I see that this one every day, and it impacts people with arthritis the most. There are choices for incorporating elastic pubs, gold beads (bishop bumps), and even hinged bands to the bottom of rings to make them even more comfortable. These choices vary greatly in cost, so ask for your choices at the fix counter. A common problem with the major knuckle crowd is: once the ring is finished the knuckle, it flops around. In years past we have installed a broader shank to counter balance the weight out of the surface of the ring. A ring guard is usually the least expensive option to solve this problem.
Sizing vs. Stretching Rings are adjusted to fit by stretching if they: A. have sufficient metal in the shank to deal with the adjustment without getting overly thin B. are being adjusted around a half dimensions. The metal is adjusted without adding additional metal for it. Rings are sized when they’re cut and either reduced or expanded. If the ring has been expanded, the jeweler will add a sheet of gold to the ring and then melt the gold into either side of the item. That can be the more expensive of the two choices and much more time consuming.
Want your ring size? We recommend getting it sized with a professional in person. The disposable ring gauges are quite precise, but not foolproof. Another option is to bring in a ring which matches for comparatively sized. Your ring size can vary up to 3 ring sizes throughout the course of the day. If your ring doesn’t fit perfectly, you might choose to wear it for a couple days to see how the fit fluctuates. Going from an ice cold office into the searing heat outside can lead to huge changes.
Ring sizing is a intricate fix. Many factors contribute to the way the ring is sized, or if it CAN be sized. One indisputable fact: you won’t wear the jewellery if it is the wrong size. Talk with the neighborhood jewelry repair technician about any further questions that you might have. Keep in mind every ring differs, and don’t be afraid to take “hopeless tasks” to get a second opinion.