Zale Engagement Rings – One of the most common repairs individuals have is getting their ring corrected to match. Most rings are produced in a “stock dimensions.” The inventory size for ladies is usually a size 6 and a 10 for guys. The majority of individuals do not wear a “stock dimensions,” most rings will need to be sized by a jeweler for comfortable wear.
I equate it to buying jeans. Short, regular, tall size options can really make a difference. The fit of the jeans also comes in to play.
(A shank is the bottom half of the ring) A thin ring shank will fit differently (smaller ring size) in your finger than a broad shank (substantially bigger size). For example, I wear a size 3.5 in my ring finger to get a slender shank, and a 6 on a broad ring. This means that if your spouse wears a size five for her engagement ring, so it doesn’t mean she will wear the same size if you add a broad band for it. Take a moment to look at your fingers, palm side up, and you’ll see that the finger gets thicker towards the knuckle.
Design of the ring. A ring with a flat top, invisible set stones, or miniature side stones may not be able to stretch/shrink to suit you. A jeweler will be able tell you that the limitations of the ring. For instance: A size 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 generally the max assortment of modification for rings with stones. Rings with squared off shanks are somewhat more challenging to dimensions and will cost somewhat more labor wise because the jeweler must make two alterations. (like carrying a dress up from the sides rather than the rear seam) A quality jeweler should have the ability to copy the milgrain (tiny beaded edge) or ridges/designs after the sizing is completed.
In case your rings have been engraved on the inside, don’t forget to request to have the ring re-engraved before you leave it with all the jeweler for sizing. The re-engraving is generally added, but it beats using a ring that reads, “Never t artwork.”
Ring Material. Some rings cannot be sized. Tungsten, stainlesssteel, and titanium rings come to mind. If people purchase these rings, they just have to buy 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) could be sized, but many jewelers will deny them because the plating comes off with the heat of the jeweler’s torch. Should you fall in love with a costume or weathered ring, do not despair… Buy it as close to your dimensions as possible. A very simple ring guard can be worn to make it more “wearable.”
“Temperamental” stones. Expect to be charged more for the sizing. Shell, coral, cameos, pearls, opals, malachite, turquoise, tanzanite, and emeralds HAVE to be eliminated before any sizing with heat can happen. They need to be re-set after that, so this explains why it takes longer and costs a bit more.
Platinum vs. White Gold. Platinum jewelry is like having a Cadillac. I once had a broken bolt and invested $800 to replace the whole wheel. Platinum is more rare than white gold, making it and its “components” more expensive. Without fail platinum jewelry is much more expensive to repair and service. Platinum scratches more and will “bend” rather than fracture. 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 mixture is why white gold seems “yellowish 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. Depending on exposure to chemicals (bleach), wear and tear, or perspiration, the rhodium plating can come off. If your rhodium starts to wear off, then it may be touched up with a jeweler.
Sizing Options A common ring sizing problem is “large knuckles, skinny palms” I see this one every day, and it impacts people with arthritis the many. There are options for adding elastic pubs, gold beads (bishop bumps), and even hinged bands to 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. A common problem with the major knuckle audience is: when the ring is over the knuckle, it flops around. In the past, we’ve set up a broader shank to counter balance the weight from the top of the ring. A ring guard is generally the least expensive choice to address this problem.
Sizing vs. Stretching Rings are corrected to match by stretching if they: A. have sufficient metal in the shank to deal with the adjustment without becoming too thin B. are being corrected around a half dimensions. The alloy is corrected without adding extra metal for it. Rings are sized when they are cut and either reduced or enlarged. Jewelers reform the shank by heating it and melting liquid gold into the seam to re-seal it. If the ring is being enlarged, the jeweler will add a sheet of gold to the ring and then melt the gold into both sides of the piece. This can be the more expensive of the two options and more time consuming.
Want your ring size? We recommend getting it sized with a professional in person. 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 class of the day. If your ring doesn’t match perfectly, you may choose to utilize it for a few days to see how the match varies. Going with an ice cold office to the blazing heat outside can cause huge changes.
Ring sizing is a intricate fix. One indisputable fact: you won’t wear the jewelry if it’s the wrong size. Talk to the local jewelry repair technician about any additional questions you may have. Keep in mind every ring is different, and do not be scared to take “hopeless jobs” to get another opinion.