Getting a ring resized - tips and tricks?

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Hi all,

I recently got engaged, but the ring is just a bit too large and needs to be sized a little smaller. It is a white gold (14k?) ring with 3 stones bought from Amazon.com. I really want to get it resized so I can wear it and be confident that it won't slip off, but I'm afraid of giving it to a jeweler for that purpose (afraid stones will be substituted or some other kind of fraud). How do I know when I've found a trustworthy jeweler, and what kind of price range should I be in?

So far I've gone to my local BBB website and found a couple of jewelers in my area who are BBB members and have been so for a long time. I called both places up and told them what I wanted and both said that they need to see the ring to give an accurate appraisal of the cost. I pushed them for some numbers and one place said $20-$30 depending on whether or not the ring needs to be re-rhodium-ed and the other said $25-$35 depending.

I asked both places if they had in-house shops and both do (is this good?). Neither of the two places are in any malls or any kind of chain of jewelers, both are independent. Am I on the right track? TIA for your tips.

-Cae

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It's funny that you're posting this question, because we also need to get a ring resized here (hubby's 18K gold band is now too big). Here is something else to consider: I asked my mom and she told me to not get it resized because they would keep the etxra gold, which is very valuable. I had not thought about that, and I was wondering if it would be *that* much gold, as well as if there was a way to 'keep' the gold.

I had my ring resized a year or so ago. The cost was $30. I too looked at the BBB for guidance and selected a local dealer who had been in business for a long time and all the work was done at their shop. I would say you're on the right track.

Check out Pricescope, look at their forums and there should be a thread for recommended jewelers in your area. Many place I believe can resize on site while you watch.

Not sure where you bought the ring, but many places will give you a one time re-size for free if you go back within a few weeks after having purchased it.

Thanks for this - this website is a trove of information! I have a lead on one jeweler in my area.

breaux124 said: [Q]Check out Pricescope, look at their forums and there should be a thread for recommended jewelers in your area. Many place I believe can resize on site while you watch.

It's from Amazon.com and it's been a couple of months, so no go there. Also, I want to get the size right and not guess on it, so a local jeweler is the thing for me.

FriendlyPeon said: [Q]Not sure where you bought the ring, but many places will give you a one time re-size for free if you go back within a few weeks after having purchased it.

I personally would stick to a brand name that is typically found at the local mall ie Zales, Helzberg, Jared and ect. Maybe attempt to return it for the appropriate size as that seems to be alot of hassel. Just an FYI I thought resizing was cheap and in fact at one time it was. Just had my wifes set done in the last 6 months and it was $105. I work in health care and we cut a few rings off and i use to tell people it is cheap to get them fixed but now I say it varies.
RJ


Actually rj, I talked to a mall jeweler when I happened to be there one day and they gave me the highest quote so far ($40+) and also told me that the ring might need to be replated with rhodium. I went and googled it when I got home to find out what they meant by that.

A quick google search turns up this. Some rings are plated with rhodium to make them "more white".

Also, everything I've ever read says to stay away from mall jewelers if you don't want to get ripped off!

rjflyn said: [Q]I personally would stick to a brand name that is typically found at the local mall ie Zales, Helzberg, Jared and ect. Maybe attempt to return it for the appropriate size as that seems to be alot of hassel.

rj

If you really want to be sure after you get it resized, go to another jeweler and have them check the stone....or just get a ring guard knowing that once you get pregnant and have children your ring size will be larger.<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>

I guess I/we havent had much of a problem because we have stuck with the jeweler we bought the rings from. As a side note someone mentioned mens rings- if its a solid design ie just a band its better to go where you got it and trade up-ie my solid gold band was too big and several places said that they just dont resize those- so I ended up grading with a trade in.
Rj







caesura said: [Q]Actually rj, I talked to a mall jeweler when I happened to be there one day and they gave me the highest quote so far ($40+) and also told me that the ring might need to be replated with rhodium. I went and googled it when I got home to find out what they meant by that.

A quick google search turns up this. Some rings are plated with rhodium to make them "more white".

Also, everything I've ever read says to stay away from mall jewelers if you don't want to get ripped off!

rjflyn said: [Q]I personally would stick to a brand name that is typically found at the local mall ie Zales, Helzberg, Jared and ect. Maybe attempt to return it for the appropriate size as that seems to be alot of hassel.

rj

Also another reason to go Platnium if one wants white instead of yellow.
Rj

caesura said: [Q]Actually rj, I talked to a mall jeweler when I happened to be there one day and they gave me the highest quote so far ($40+) and also told me that the ring might need to be replated with rhodium. I went and googled it when I got home to find out what they meant by that.

A quick google search turns up this. Some rings are plated with rhodium to make them "more white".


at the end it says "...and remember alot of 14k White gold is Rhodium plated now a days". If yours is, then you need to get it done.

wwdme said: [Q]If you really want to be sure after you get it resized, go to another jeweler and have them check the stone....or just get a ring guard knowing that once you get pregnant and have children your ring size will be larger.<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>

I didn't know that they made these.... how much do they cost?

The best way to resize a ring is go to a store that does its own work on site the large stores ship it out and yes if the stones are not yours when it comes back you have them to go after. But why take the chance good rule is never let the ring out of you sight.

We had my wifeís done by having two small beads welded in this makes for a better fit and holds the ring straight and wont turn. This takes very little time.

DO NOT let them cut the ring it will never hold and will crack at the seam.

Good luck

Ps the gold in the ring is not worth that much. Itís the stones that carry the value

rjflyn said: [Q]personally would stick to a brand name that is typically found at the local mall ie Zales, Helzberg, Jared and ect.

Welcome to FW but I think you will find that most FW'ers will not be visiting an overpriced mall chain store where most of the employees are still in high school. IMHO they would be the most worrisome in my mind for exactly the type of behavior the OP is trying to avoid.

My advice OP is to find a family jeweler who does the work onsite. Our family jeweler has been in business for over 75 years and they import the stones from NY via FEDEX where you choose the stone and they design settings. They save me easily 30% off the prices you see at the mall and the service is great.

Draal is right, adding the small beads is the way to go, we did the same for my wife.

LAwoodtiger said: [Q]wwdme said: [Q]If you really want to be sure after you get it resized, go to another jeweler and have them check the stone....or just get a ring guard knowing that once you get pregnant and have children your ring size will be larger.<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>

I didn't know that they made these.... how much do they cost?

You can find them online for cheaper, but out of convenience I got mine at a dreaded mall jewelry store and they put it on for me. I believe it was like $5.00.

wow...some of you people have issues.....


1. OP, unless your ring has rather large stones of great value, I'm sure no decent jeweler is going to try to switch stones on you.

2. Just about all white gold these days is rhodium plated. It gives it a brighter, more durable finish.

3. There are no integrity issues with resizing if done correctly. Gold can be resoldered be easily.

4. Your local jewler will often be more knowledgable and cheaper than a chain store in the mall.

Hello, I AM a jeweler in a retail store in the midwest, and Mikeyiscool is correct in all his statements. No jeweler wants to switch stones in a ring, it's frankly not worth the time and effort. As long as you pick a store with a reputable name, you are going to be fine. If you have a large diamond and are seriously worried, any reputable jeweler will be happy to 'map' your diamond. What they do is look at it under a 30x microscope and show you where the imperfections are, (almost every diamond has them), and draw it for you on a piece of paper. Then when you go to pick it up, you can ask to see the stones again under the scope to make sure they match. Really though, don't worry about taking the ring in to be sized. As a jeweler, I see so many diamonds and gemstones, that I really don't care about the price of them, I just want to do a good job. No disrespect intended, but most rings aren't worth trying to tinker with.

Rationally, I completely understand you Jlrymedic, but emotionally it's a big deal. I am sure it will all work out fine. I've found a good jeweler that will resize it while I wait for a reasonable price. That is a situation I am comfortable with, especially since this particular jeweler has been recommended by others as trustworthy and good at their work.

Jlrymedic said: [Q]Hello, I AM a jeweler in a retail store in the midwest, and Mikeyiscool is correct in all his statements. No jeweler wants to switch stones in a ring, it's frankly not worth the time and effort. As long as you pick a store with a reputable name, you are going to be fine. If you have a large diamond and are seriously worried, any reputable jeweler will be happy to 'map' your diamond. What they do is look at it under a 30x microscope and show you where the imperfections are, (almost every diamond has them), and draw it for you on a piece of paper. Then when you go to pick it up, you can ask to see the stones again under the scope to make sure they match. Really though, don't worry about taking the ring in to be sized. As a jeweler, I see so many diamonds and gemstones, that I really don't care about the price of them, I just want to do a good job. No disrespect intended, but most rings aren't worth trying to tinker with.

Smiley1 said: [Q]LAwoodtiger said: [Q]wwdme said: [Q]If you really want to be sure after you get it resized, go to another jeweler and have them check the stone....or just get a ring guard knowing that once you get pregnant and have children your ring size will be larger.<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>

I didn't know that they made these.... how much do they cost?

You can find them online for cheaper, but out of convenience I got mine at a dreaded mall jewelry store and they put it on for me. I believe it was like $5.00.

Thanks for the info!

Because white gold is Rhodium plated you will want to get it replated again because when they resize it the "white gold" will not match and it will look a bit weird. Just a bit of info from experience.

I got engaged 2 years ago and I had the same problem. I went to claires and got a pack of plastic ring sizers. I wear it at the bottom of my ring. its awesome. i dont even know that its there. just a suggestions if you dont wanna get it sized forever.

vinotinto said: [Q]It's funny that you're posting this question, because we also need to get a ring resized here (hubby's 18K gold band is now too big). Here is something else to consider: I asked my mom and she told me to not get it resized because they would keep the etxra gold, which is very valuable. I had not thought about that, and I was wondering if it would be *that* much gold, as well as if there was a way to 'keep' the gold.I don't think Mom's on target here. We just has an anniversary ring resized by an independent shop ($20 while you wait) and he said the rule of thumb is you can go up 2 sizes or down 2 sizes with no loss/addition of gold. And according to him at least, if any gold is removed, he would return it. It would be a pretty insignificant amount anyway.

Hi Cae,

Well I have had many pieces of jewelry fixed/sized etc. I always go to the indoor swap meet gold vendors, they will give you your excess gold, but I never asked for it with it being such a minimal amount when dropping a size or they will actually build up the band with the excess. Now you are probably asking yourself "why is this woman trying to send me to a swap meet"? well here is the answer..they do it right in front of your face, in usually less than 5 minutes and it will usually run you $5-$15 bucks..a ring sizing is a simple process and can be done in no time at all. I have never had a bad experience with as much repairs on necklaces and bracelets and sizing of rings when I have done this route. However, many years ago, I made the ill fated error of going to an independent jeweler to have my 1st ring sized, it happened to be a 1 ct. VVSI solitare, well a few years after having this done, I took it to be re-appraised for insurance and voile' I had a genuine CZ, grated it was a really nice CZ, but I did nave a beautiful diamond before...so from that point on, I only had jewelry worked on in front of me so I could view the craftmanship and make sure no stone swapping would occur..I do hope I have saved you some $$ and time and worry with this suggestion. Good luck and congrats!

Patti

draal said: [Q]

DO NOT let them cut the ring it will never hold and will crack at the seam.

Good luck

Ps the gold in the ring is not worth that much. Itís the stones that carry the value


I've had several rings resized over the years and have never had any crack at the seam.

You're right the gold isn't worth much, it's only 14kt.

I'm not sure where you're located, but if you're near any vietnamese community, their jewelers tend to do their work in store while you wait. They tend to be fairly reasonably priced.

If you end up being a regular customer, resizing rings and such like that will become a favor they do for you for free. The jeweler that I go to, fixes my jewelry, resizes it, cleans it, and re-rhodidium dips it for free. If a small diamond falls out, she replaces it without cost, etc. And her prices are very reasonable. (the weight in gold x market rate + 10-20% for labor, + stones, bargainable.)





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