There are a myriad of reasons as to why your wedding ring may need to be resized. Perhaps after years and years of wear and tear it has begun to wear down at one of the thinner points along its band. Or maybe over the years its' owner has lost or gained a significant amount of weight. No matter the specifics of your wedding ring's situation, the vast majority of wedding rings are easily resized. There are however special exceptions when a wedding ring cannot, or perhaps should not, be resized. In this article let's explore some of the common ways in which a ring is resized, as well as some of the factors as to why it is your wedding ring may be incapable of being resized.
There are few circumstances in which you may not want to consider resizing your wedding band. Tungsten and tungsten-carbide alloys are almost impossible to resize, and as such, should simply be repurchased. Older wedding rings, particularly antique white gold wedding rings, should be reset as opposed to being stretched or having some type of extension placed within them, as older metalsmithing techniques in such rings were not of the same quality that they are today. Also, those rings which may have extremely intricate bands or multiple stone settings should in all probability be reset as opposed to being stretched or even having their circumferences decreased. Over manipulation of the surrounding metal which hold the tines in place around the stone can lead to a far less secure setting of the stones in the ring, and possible loss of the stones can ensue.
When resizing your wedding ring, there really are only two directions you can move in; larger or smaller. As for the former, making a wedding ring larger is usually not much of an issue. increasing the diameter of your wedding ring can be done in one of two ways. The easiest way is to take it to a jeweler and have them simply stretch the ring. This is a fine and inexpensive option for those individuals who may need to make only minor adjustments. However, stretching the ring's circumference too much is cause for a disaster, as the ring could easily split and break. If the band of your wedding ring is a simple inornate one, then requesting the jeweler add a stint or bridge is usually the best option, particularly if you're rings to be increased by more than one or two sizes. In the event that the band of your wedding ring has some type of intricate engravings or other carving, then you will need to discuss special options with your jeweler that may include resetting the ring, especially if gemstones such as diamonds have been incorporated in its' initial design.
Unlike increasing the size of your wedding ring, decreasing the size more often than not is an even easier process. Wedding rings which have been designed with a simple and uncomplicated band need only have a small portion cut from the ring. If your wedding ring consists of a band that has some type of inscription ornate engraving, most custom jewelry boutiques are capable of replicating the design to create a continuous pattern around the circumference of your wedding ring. One which in all probability, and in many ways this depends on the skill of a jeweler, will be near flawless in undetectable in its workmanship.