How Much Does it Cost to Enlarge a Ring?
Enlarging a ring is the process used to make an existing ring larger. Enlarging a ring may be needed for a variety of reasons, such as a sudden weight gain, an injury that affected the size of the finger permanently, or a ring that was purchased in the wrong size. No matter what the reason, enlarging a ring is a much better and cheaper option than buying an entirely new ring. Resizing a ring should only be done by jewelers who are trained to either enlarge or shrink the size of your precious jewelry without destroying its appearance or sentimental value. Enlarging your ring is going to cost more than making your ring smaller. Although the charge for the actual labor will be about the same, enlarging a ring means that more metal is needed. For a gold ring, gold will need to be added in order to make it larger. Although some types of rings will be more complex and more expensive, professional jewelers will be able to re-size any ring that you need adjusted regardless of the design.
How much does it cost?
- The price of enlarging a ring varies from one jeweler to another. Ring resizing (which includes enlarging) is usually free when you first buy the ring. According to Helium.com, the payment only applies if you have used the ring for quite some time and then suddenly want to change its fit. Many jewelers will carry the same ring in a few different sizes, but if they do not have your size they will adjust it for free.
- The average cost of resizing a ring is anywhere from $20 to $50. However, others goes for more than a hundred dollars depending on the complexity of the rings’ design.
- Most jewelers have a fixed price for the re-size unless the ring is too complex. For example. if you need a ring enlarged, you will probably pay something like $25 for the first size and then $15 per size after that. If this were the case, then enlarging a ring three sizes would cost $55. This is just one example of a possible pricing scheme.
- According to the estimate given by the human–guided search engine site Chacha.com, the average price for enlarging a ring without a gemstone is $50.
What is going to be included?
- If you want to enlarge your ring, you can simply bring it to a trusted jeweler. The first thing that the jeweler will do is determine your target ring size. They do this by trying on various ring sizers. Once the new size has been determined, they will do specific techniques to enlarge your ring depending on its design.
- Depending on the jeweler, the newly enlarged ring will be ready for pick-up within a few days.
- Every jeweler will have his own policy when it comes to enlarging a ring. Some may have to ship it to a headquarters, while others can do it on the spot. On average, plan on waiting upwards of four to six weeks for the ring to come back if it needs to be shipped away.
What are the extra costs?
- Additional gemstones. If your ring has gemstones, you may need to pay for each gem. Jewelers charge $5 per gemstone. This is because the presence of gemstones makes enlarging a little bit difficult. If you have a ring that has a stone such as diamonds all the way around the band, you may need to get another stone added to it. This will cost a lot more, and the price will vary according to the price of diamonds at the time of the resizing.
- Rhodium plate. In the event that you are trying to have a white gold ring enlarged, you need to also get it rhodium plated. This is to avoid a yellow tinge appearance on it. This costs around $30.
Factors that influence the price:
- The jeweler
- The size of the ring
- The design and type of ring
Tips to know:
- If you have a ring made of tungsten carbide, there is no way you can have it enlarged.
- Always take your ring to a reputable jeweler.
- Always inform your jeweler about the engravings or special designs inside the ring. If he can re-size the ring without damaging the engravings, that would be better.
- Try to find a jeweler that can perform the enlargement in his store. This will usually cost less and take less time since the ring does not have to be sent to a third party.
How can I save money?
- If your budget does not allow for a professional re-size yet, you can opt for a temporary solution. As per Helium.com, you can purchase ring sizers in order to temporarily fix the situation until you can have your ring professionally re-sized.
- Take your ring to the store from which it was purchased. Many jewelers will give their own customers a better deal than someone who did not purchase a ring from them.