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Wrong Size Engagement Ring: What to Do Next

Q Report Team
Updated on November 11, 2022
3 min read

You’ve popped the question and they said “yes”! You probably searched long and hard for the perfect engagement ring that your partner will cherish forever; but unless you shopped together, there’s a chance you’ve ended up with the wrong size. 

If you find yourself in this situation, don’t worry. It goes without saying that it’s best to purchase the right size to begin with, but rest assured that there are ways to resolve the problem. Let’s review different scenarios where you may have misjudged your partner’s ring size and what to do if you need it changed.


Engagement Ring Size: Mistakes to Avoid

If you chose to go it alone rather than ring shopping with your partner, you would’ve had the often-stressful task of discovering her ring size on your own. If that’s the case, you might’ve fallen into one of the following common engagement ring shopping mistakes in finding out their ring size.


Asking Around

A popular way to gather the inside knowledge is to ask your partner’s mother, sister or best friend for their ring size. Most of the time, this strategy is a safe one. But there’s always a chance that your informant isn’t quite right.


Sneaking a Ring Out of Her Jewellery Box

If your partner already owns some rings, these should be your first port of call to determine their size. However, this isn’t an exact science; they may be worn on different fingers or not at all.

While these simple mistakes can lead you to buying an engagement ring that’s the wrong size, there are ways to remedy the problem. The best place to start is with a visit to a trusted jeweller.


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How a Trusted Jeweller Can Help

Jewellers have experience with resizing engagement rings to make them both larger and smaller. In most cases, it’s more expensive to size a ring up because of the addition of materials and the complexity of the procedure. For this reason (and because you’ll want to be able to slip the ring past your partner’s knuckle when you propose), it’s wise to err on the size of too-large if you’re guessing their ring size. 

If you find yourself needing a ring resized, keep in mind:

Some Rings are Easier to Resize than Others


  • Yellow gold rings are easy to work with and less costly to resize than some other metals. The gold is soft and may only require soldering and repolishing.
  • White gold rings can be more complicated and expensive to resize because they have a layer of rhodium plating on the surface, but most jewellers resize white gold regularly.
  • Platinum rings require a different set of tools and are often more expensive to resize.


Some Rings are Especially Difficult to Resize

  • Rings with pave stones (small stones that go all the way around the band) require great skill in order to keep all the gems aligned.
  • Some delicate gemstones are vulnerable to the heat used during the resizing process and may need to be removed and then reset to successfully resize the ring.
  • Rose gold comes in many different shades, and it may be difficult for a jeweller to find the exact colour that matches your engagement ring.


Some Rings Are (Almost) Impossible to Resize

  • Eternity rings, with their perfectly set pave stones all the way around, are almost impossible to resize.
  • Tension rings depend on the tension of the original setting to keep the diamond in place. Resizing disrupts the tension and compromises the ring’s structural strength.
  • Stainless steel, tungsten and titanium rings are often too strong to be resized. If you’re not absolutely sure of the ring size, avoid these materials.

Over the years, you may find that your partner’s engagement ring no longer fits. A trusted jeweller can size a ring up or down so that it can be a constant, lifelong reminder of your love and affection. Visit a Q Certified Jeweller to resize a ring that no longer fits perfectly.

Protect your much-loved and perfectly-sized engagement ring with specialised insurance from Q Report. Find out how little it costs to protect the things you love by getting an instant online quote today.


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