How to Resize a Ring Smaller (2024 Guide)

It can be frustrating when you’ve just found the flawless engagement ring for your bride-to-be and it’s not the right ring size. You are at the right place, in this guide we will cover how to resize a ring smaller.

When Do I Need to Resize My Ring?

The wedding and engagement rings should fit properly and at the same time they should be comfortable to wear. However, over time and due to the temperature, finger size can change. Not all fit issues require a professional assistance. For example, accessories like ring guards give a snug fit without any alterations.

Common sense will tell you that you need to resize a loose ring. However, some prefer not to because of the fear of having the ring damaged for good. It is definitely understandable, especially if the ring has some sentimental value in it. If you decide to have a large ring resized smaller, I’ll help you understand the method better by answering some commonly asked questions to get the perfect fit.

How to Resize a Ring Smaller

Step 1: Your Ring Size

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It’s always a good idea to take the ring you are resizing back to the original jewelry store. The jeweler will be familiar with the ring you are resizing. You will need to measure your ring finger to find the size that fits perfectly for you. However, do not worry when they go up a little bit of your ring size. You want to make sure that your ring is comfortable to wear and a tad bit difficult to remove. The additional space will allow your skin to breathe once your finger gets swollen. 

Step 2: Cutting the Ring

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First, you need to cut the ring along the solder joint. After identifying and cutting the section to be cut, you will remove it.

Step 3: Soldering the Ring

How to Resize a Ring Smaller

You will then connect the edges of two pieces to form it back to a perfect circle. Then, proceed to solder it back together. Usually, a solder wire or pieces are melted along the solder joint to create a seamless look. At the same time, this is to hide any solder marks.

Step 4: Finishing Touches

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After soldering the ring, you will need to scrap and polish it to remove any excess metal sticking out. Then, you will dip the ring in an ultrasonic machine that has hot soapy fluid. The soundwave produced by the machine will remove any dirt still attached to the ring after the polishing process. It will be pat dry and prepared for delivery.

Author’s Note: After resizing your ring smaller, ask for the leftover metal cut (also known as “cutout”) from the ring. You can use it in case you want to have your ring resized in the future.

How Much Does it Cost to Resize a Ring Smaller? 

A simple ring will cost you at least $20 to get resized smaller. However, the cost of resizing your ring can reach up to a few hundred dollars. The jeweler will consider the design and metal used. And, if you’re going to visit a well-known jeweler, then expect a higher rate than others. James Allen provides a 60-day free resizing policy.


What Types of Rings Cannot be Resized? 

Generally, the rings that cannot be resized are those made of quartz, wood, and other non-metal materials.

Unlike metal rings, these materials are not malleable to be molded and rebuilt. So, be careful when giving your ring size to your jeweler or craftsman. If you want a non-metal ring gift for a special someone, do not make it a surprise. Instead, I suggest that you invite them to the professional jeweler to have their appropriate ring size be taken.

Although generally metal rings (sterling silver, platinum, gold) can be resized, there are some exceptions. Rose gold cannot be resized because it is too fragile and can crack easily. Titanium and stainless steel rings are also avoided as they are difficult to resize.

Also, eternity bands unlikely can be resized. It is because eternity rings have stones that go all the way around the band.  The only option is to resize eternity bands by jeweler adding or taking away some of the metal from the inside of the band to increase or decrease the width.

Related: Can sterling silver be resized?


How Should a Ring Fit? 

As a rule, the ring is considered fit when you can slide it on your finger with little friction and a tad difficult to remove.

The ring should fit snugly on your finger but not tight. You should exert little force when taking off the ring. Another thing to watch for is that when wearing your ring, there shouldn’t be bulging. 

If you ever feel that your ring tightens or loosens, that is normal due to your body’s reaction. Our fingers shrink and expand because of temperature change. That is why after a jog, you feel like your ring gets tighter. In the cold weather the ring can feel loose because our fingers shrink in cooler weather.

Author’s Note: If your ring won’t turn either clockwise or counterclockwise, start icing your finger for ten minutes. When it fails to turn, then it means your ring is tight.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any alternatives in RING resizing besides having it cut?

Yes, there are several ways available alternatives for ring resizing. You can avail sizing beads or sizing lining. For sizing beads, the jeweler will solder small metal beads on the inner shank of your ring, while for sizing lining, the jeweler will solder a strip of metal. However, in terms of comfort, sizing lining is a better choice. Though, it is a bit more costly than sizing beads. These could be used as temporary solutions.

How long will it take for my ring to get resized?

A jeweler will take at least a day or two to have a ring resized at your local jeweler. There are exceptional cases where it can take a week or two weeks to have a ring resized, for instance, if it is a fine jewelry. It usually depends on the material and design of the ring. Another factor to consider is the schedule of the jeweler.

CAN I HAVE MY RING RESIZE TWO SIZES SMALLER?

Yes, you can have your ring resized until two sizes smaller. It is recommended to have your ring resize smaller when it is loose for you. However, jewelers only allow resizing from half size up to one to two sizes smaller. Higher than that can potentially destroy the ring for good.

HOW MANY TIMES CAN I HAVE MY RING RESIZED SMALLER?

You can only have your ring resized smaller twice. Every time you expose it to heat, it makes the ring’s metal softer. Although malleable, constant exposure is not good for the material. Some jewelers even recommend having your ring resize once. As excess material is cut away from the band of the ring. And there is a high risk that after the first heat exposure, the second exposure will affect the perfect circle shape of the ring.

CAN I USE A DIY METHOD TO RESIZE MY RING SMALLER?

Yes, you can, but it does not mean it is safe or good for your ring. I’ve seen a lot of DIY hacks circulating online on how you can resize your ring smaller. Some of these tricks include using a glue gun to act as a sizing bead or lining and wrapping floss around one side of the ring. I would not recommend using liquid guard or food-grade silicone either. Or plastic ring adjusters that are widely mentioned as cheap, quick options to solve the ring size issue. The following tricks are pretty harmless but inconvenient. Using glue and floss can affect the overall look of the ring. No one wants a ring that has glue on it. Most people want to try these methods because they claim that their weight keeps fluctuating or as a temporary fix. In this case, I recommend the best choice you have is to get your ring resized small for good.


Conclusion

Before having your ring resize smaller, make sure this is your final decision. Do not subject your ring to unwarranted cutting and heat exposure. However, if it is too loose, it is time to have your ring resize smaller. If not, then you should be open with the idea of passing the ring to someone who fits it better or have the ring hidden in a jewelry box.

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