How Much Does It Cost to Resize a Ring?
Resizing a ring is the process where a professional jeweler will take any type of ring and re-size to either a larger or smaller size. As people grow older, finger shapes and sizes can change, making it hard to wear the ring comfortably, and fortunately, all you have to do is bring it to a professional jeweler to make it fit comfortably again.
The cost of resizing a ring is going to depend on the type of ring being resized and the jeweler performing the job.
How much is it?
- On average, a professional ring resizing job can cost anywhere from $10 to $150+ depending on the type of the ring, the material and complexity involved. According to JewelersMutual.com, they list the metals from the least to the most on the cost scale: yellow gold, sterling silver, white gold, rose gold, platinum, titanium and tungsten. A simple resize that needs to be smaller will cost $10 to $60, while a complex resize can exceed $50 to $150.
- For example, rings that contain white or yellow gold can be toward the lower end, while expensive rings such as an engagement ring or diamond ring can be in the higher price range.
- If the ring was purchased within the last year, the ring may be under warranty, and because of this, many jewelers will be more than happy to re-size the ring at no cost. If you think it’s still covered, check the warranty information or call the jeweler where the ring was purchased to get more information.
- It’s not uncommon to find the original jewelry store where it was purchased from to have them do it for free. Contact the original store and discuss your options.
- According to a message board thread over on DiamondRing.com, forum members stated that a re-size could range anywhere from $60 to as much as $100.
- We researched a few popular jewelry chains to see what they would charge for a ring resizing job and noted our findings below:
|Helzberg Diamonds||$65 to $115|
|Kay Jewelers||$35 to $60|
What is going to be included?
- During the process, two open ends will be formed on the bottom of the ring, removing the shank metal. When this excess metal is removed, the ring will be soldered together to the appropriate size. As long the jeweler does a good job, you shouldn’t see a significant color difference at the seam, but at the joint, the ring may be a bit weaker. According to dmia.net, a platinum ring will almost always show a fine line at the joint where it was soldered and this will be impossible to hide due to the metal’s properties. GemNation.com has a step by step guide on how the process is done.
- How long does it take to resize a ring? Depending on the jeweler and job, jobs can take anywhere from a few hours to as long as two to three weeks. The jeweler will look at the thickness of the ring, how needs to be resized (up or down), the placement of the stones and if any engravings are present.
- When getting your ring resized, you can either take it back to the jeweler you purchased it from or you can take it to a local jeweler. If under warranty, it’s highly recommended you take it to the jeweler you purchased it from to potentially get the resizing done for free.
What are the extra costs?
- Making a ring larger, rather than smaller, can cost more since additional materials will be required to have the ring appropriately re-sized. The same can be said about the ring’s thickness.
- If stones have to be moved around within the ring, some jewelers may back out of the process because of the difficulty. If a jeweler does agree upon doing the procedure, it can cost extra due to the complexity.
- A ring with more than one diamond can cost extra since the jeweler will have to take out a few diamonds and place them back again.
- According to callagold.com, these factors could also increase the price: gems become unaligned while resizing; the ring has inlaid stones; pearls have to be removed; sensitive gems are in the ring; the ring is thicker than average; the ring needs to be sized two sizes larger; or the ring is so thin it may break.
Tips to know
- If there’s engraving on the inside or the outside of the ring, you may risk losing part of it during the process.
How can I save money?
- Check with the original jeweler where the ring was purchased. Many jewelers may do it for free depending on their policy. If it was purchased online, either talk with the jeweler online or consult with a few jewelers in the area to see who can offer the best service at the lowest price.
- Always leave this type of job up to the professional. A resizing job can be done on your own, but it should be left up to an expert as a bad job can do a lot of damages.
- Be sure to talk with at least three jewelers in your area. What you’re going to find is that many of them are going to greatly vary with their pricing.
- Some of your larger name jewelry companies often have coupons or special promotions on their website. Check out the official website before setting up a repair appointment.
- Ring guards are available for those who have a loose fitting ring.
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