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Ring Resizing: What, When and Where

Q Report Team
Updated on May 22, 2023
4 min read

Wearing a perfectly fitting ring is exactly that, perfect. Beautifully aligned, serving as a reminder of a beloved sentiment and adding beauty to everyday life. However, what happens when your treasured ring doesn't fit "perfectly"?

Rings that are too tight can be uncomfortable, posing a risk of needing to be removed in case of a finger injury that requires medical attention. Similarly, loose-fitting rings can be a source of worry and irritation with the potential to easily slip off your finger, resulting in damage or loss. Hence the importance of specialised ring insurance, but we'll get to that later.

In the meantime, ring resizing is a straightforward solution to such issues. In this article, we will discuss the "what," "when," and "where" of ring resizing, equipping you with the necessary knowledge to achieve that perfect fit.


What is Ring Resizing?

Ring resizing is the process of adjusting the size of a ring to make it fit better on the wearer's finger. Rings are typically made to a standard size, but only some have that exact finger size. A ring can be resized by adding or removing a small metal section. A professional jeweller must resize to ensure the ring is adjusted correctly without damaging its design.


When Should You Consider Ring Resizing?

A professional jeweller can better help you determine the correct size and provide guidance on the best method for resizing your ring. If you find yourself in one of these scenarios, you might want to consider ring resizing and a visit to your jeweller:

  • The ring is too tight or loose: It may not fit properly if it feels uncomfortably tight or loose on your finger. In that case, you should consider resizing the ring so that if too tight, it doesn't impact circulation, or if too loose, it won't accidentally slip off.

  • You've lost or gained weight: Significant weight changes can affect the size of your fingers, meaning your ring may no longer fit correctly. If you've recently lost or gained weight, you may need to resize your ring to ensure a proper fit.

  • You've inherited a ring: If you've inherited one from a family member or friend, it may not be the right size for your finger. Ring resizing will allow you to enjoy and wear your heirloom more comfortably.

  • You want to wear the ring on a different finger: If you want to wear a ring on a different finger from the one it was designed for, resizing may be necessary to ensure a safe and secure fit.

  • You want to stack rings: If you plan to stack rings on the same finger, resizing may be necessary to ensure they fit together comfortably and enhance their appearance.

Type of Rings That Can Be Resized

It's essential to take your ring to a trusted jeweller who can assess the ring's material, design, and condition to determine whether resizing is possible and what method is best suited to resize the ring. Here are some common types of rings that can be resized:

Metal Rings

Metal rings such as gold, silver, platinum, and palladium can typically be resized. A jeweller can either add or remove a section of the metal to adjust the size of the ring.

Gemstone Rings

Gemstone rings can also be resized, but the process requires more care to avoid damaging the gemstones. The jeweller must take extra precautions to ensure that the gemstones are not impaired during resizing.

Eternity Bands

Eternity bands with diamonds or gemstones set entirely around the band can be more challenging to resize. However, a skilled jeweller can resize them by adding or removing small metal sections.

Silicone or Rubber Rings 

Silicone or rubber rings are often used for active lifestyles and can be resized. The process involves stretching or compressing the ring to adjust its size.

Vintage Rings

Vintage rings can be challenging to resize because they may have delicate designs or settings that could be damaged during resizing. A skilled jeweller can assess the ring and determine the best method for resizing it without damaging its unique design.


How to Find a Trusted Jeweller for Resizing

Finding a trusted jeweller that can perfectly resize your precious ring is what we consider a non-negotiable. This is because it requires precision and needs to be done correctly. Our Q Certified Jewellers are a great place to start if you're looking for a trusted jeweller when ring resizing.

When it comes to finding a trusted jeweller, always keep in mind the following:

Read Reviews

Check online reviews of local jewellers to see what other customers have experienced. You can also ask for recommendations from friends or family who have had their rings resized.

Check Credentials

Ensure that the jeweller you select is certified and has the credentials to perform the resizing––you want the job done right the first and only time! Check with your local jewellery associations; they'll be able to tell you if the jeweller is a member and if they have a good reputation.

Ask Questions

When you visit a jeweller, don't be afraid to ask questions about their experience and the resizing process. A knowledgeable and experienced jeweller will happily answer any questions and provide detailed information about resizing.

Look for a Warranty

A reputable jeweller will offer a warranty or guarantee on their work, so ask about this before agreeing to resize your ring.

Trust Your Instincts

If something doesn't feel right or you're uncomfortable with a particular jeweller, it's okay to keep looking for someone you trust. Remember, resizing a ring is a personal and important process, and you want to ensure you're working with someone who understands that.


Questions to Ask 

About to engage the perfect jeweller? Here are some questions to ask before you start the resizing process:

  • Are there any pavé stones that will be affected by the resizing?
  • Are there any delicate stones (pearls, emeralds or opals, for example) that could get damaged in the process? If so, what precautions will the jeweller take to ensure their preservation?
  • Will engravings be upset by the resizing? If so, what can the jeweller do about them?
  • Will the thickness of the ring be an issue with resizing?
  • Does the ring need to go up or down more than four sizes? If so, will any alterations to the design need to be made?
  • How long will the resizing take?
  • Will the jeweller perfectly match the ring's colour (if metal needs to be added)?


Ring resizing shouldn't be handled by just anyone––we can't stress enough the importance of engaging a trusted jeweller. If it's not done skillfully, resizing could affect the structural integrity and, ultimately, the value of your ring. Conversely, when done right, you should not notice the difference. 

Are you worried about loss or damage? Get an instant quote and learn how little it costs to protect your precious ring with specialised jewellery cover from Q Report Jewellery Insurance.


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