Ring resizing involves enlarging or reducing a rings size. It is a permanent solution to fix those rings that don’t fit as well as you would like them too. A ring may need altering for a variety of reasons, and all are linked to needing a better fit.
However, before you take the plunge and have your jewellery permanently altered, please call in and see one of our experts in the shop. Sometimes you may only need a temporary size alteration, in which case we may recommend sizing beads or ring clips.
When we enlarge a ring, we add a piece of metal into the rings band, making the ring the required size. Once your ring is shaped to the correct size, our goldsmith will then carefully restore your ring to its original glory.
Will resizing a ring damage it?
The simple answer is no. The staff at Nettletons Jewellers carefully assess your rings upon receipt and as well as advising you of any work the ring may need, take the utmost care when working on your jewellery. Plain rings, such as traditional wedding bands, generally encounter no problems and can be sized relatively easily.
It’s worth noting that rings with stone settings vary significantly. Some can be sized with no issues and others may be more problematic. Our goldsmith assesses all rings and will advise you if there is a risk of damaging the ring, or if special precaution should be taken if the ring is to be resized.
Occasionally, stone set rings need to be re-mounted into a new ring. This ensures the stones are fully secure and the new ring is in the correct size for the wearer. If this is the case, we will discuss this, and the proposed work, with you in detail.
How long does ring resizing take?
We will usually ask that your items of jewellery are left with us for up to a week to allow time for the work to be carried out. It has been known for some repairs and alterations to be completed within a day, for example if you require your jewellery for a special occasion, but please don’t rely on this timescale as we can’t explicitly commit to this promise.
The working timescale does vary dependent upon the style of ring and the work we are carrying out. The guidelines below are estimates based on a straight forward re size, these may differ once we have assed your ring.
Plain Ring - Up to One Week
White Gold, Yellow Gold, Rose Gold, Silver
Stone Set Ring with a Plain Band - Up to One Week
White Gold, Yellow Gold, Rose Gold, Silver
Full Engraved Ring - 2 to 3 Weeks
Platinum, Palladium, White Gold, Yellow Gold, Rose Gold, Silver
Plain Ring - 2 to 3 Weeks
More intricate rings, such as fully engraved rings or heavily diamond set pieces, may take slightly longer as the re-sizing process involves additional services. This includes re-engraving the ring, or re-mounting the diamonds to ensure the ring looks as good as new.
How much does ring resizing cost?
The cost of resizing a ring varies considerably dependent upon the style and metal of the ring. We advise that you’re best contacting us via the website, or visiting the shop in Clitheroe, and speaking directly to a member of staff to organise an accurate quotation.
How long do ring alterations take?
Ring alterations and restorations can take many forms, from re-tipping the claws too completely re-mounting the stones in your ring. For this reason it is difficult to outline set timescales due to the complexity of each individual ring. Although we have outlined below some of the main alterations your ring may require and the approximate timescales, these timescales may differ once we have inspected your ring.
Ring Clips - Same Day Service
Temporary measure reducing the size of you ring by half a size
Re-claw - 3 Weeks
Replacing the damaged claws holding your stones in place
Re-tip - 3 Weeks
Re-tipping the worn claws holding your stones in place
New Shank - 3 Weeks
1/2, 3/4 or a full shank replacement as yours may have worn thin
Stone Replacements - 3 Weeks
Replacing missing or damaged stones
Ring Beads - Up to One Week
Beads of metal added to the inside of your ring to counteract the ring spinning
How much are ring alterations?
Ring alterations range in cost significantly due to the complexity of individual rings. Numerous factors can affect the price, including the work involved, and the precious metal of the ring. It is advisable to book a free consultation with our goldsmith, during this meeting he can thoroughly assess your ring and advise you of any work that is required, along with the costs involved.