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It is unlikely that your image of the perfect proposal ends in your hand-picked engagement ring being the incorrect size, but this is not as uncommon as many may think, neither is it difficult to rectify.
How to Resize a Ring
Resizing a ring can be done for a variety of reasons, perhaps the ring purchased is not an ideal fit, or the wearer’s hands have simply become larger or slimmer over the years. Family heirlooms and vintage rings often require resizing to fit their new bride, most famously demonstrated by the Duchess of Cambridge’s engagement ring, inherited from Princess Diana. Generally, rings should be easier to put on than to take off and a perfectly fitting ring may feel a little snug if you are accustomed to a looser (and therefore far less secure) fit.
Making a large ring smaller is the easier form of adjustment and is often completed by simply removing the access metal, soldering the ring back together and polishing the surface to make the join seamless. For smaller rings in need of enlargement this can be done in a variety of ways. One is simply stretching the ring, which can take a ring a half size larger without damaging or weakening the design and structure. Beyond this, rings will need to be cut and extra lengths of metal added in the same way that larger rings have portions removed.
Limitations of Resizing
Resizing is usually limited to 2-3 sizes either larger or smaller than the current size, any further adjustment may compromise the ring’s strength and appearance. Rings inlaid with multiple stones such as eternity rings also have a high chance of their gems being damaged by the process and are not ideally suited for resizing. Most rings can withstand 2-3 resizings within their lifespan, any further adjustments may be detrimental to its structure.
The Cost of Resizing a Ring
Different jewellers demand different prices to resize a ring. Vashi offers one free resizing (further changes charged at £40 thereafter), we ask that customers respect the following conditions:
- Solitaire rings which require resizing beyond 3 sizes will incur a £40 fee
- Engraved rings are charged at £40, with a charge of £4 per character for re-engraving
- Rings with side stones will require a separate assessment and quotation due to their delicate nature
- Resized rings cannot be refunded or exchanged
Vashi is happy to provide free ring sizers to our customers, please contact us at GuardianAngels@vashi.com for more information.