Can I (and should I) shave down my ering band?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
1517 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

While I know the style is thinner, 1.5mm with a gorgeous stone it like yours makes me nervous. But that’s me. 

Post # 4
4760 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Hmm I had the same issue with mine and had it shaved down, but I’m not sure if you could do it with the gap in the band. It was a subtle difference, but it made me like the band a lot more. Here are some pictures. It only shows when you look at the profile (the right side of the top picture). Talk to your jeweler! Mine was really easy and they only charged me $100 for that and a resizing, which they did at the same time.

Post # 5
387 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014 - Windstar on Naples bay

I have an odd question, do you know were your ring came from op? It looks a lot like mine! (Mines a round solitare but still) does it have any markings on the inside. 😛 

Post # 6
687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’d talk with an experienced jeweler to see if that is possible. I inquired about shaving down the shank of a very basic stock Stuller solitaire setting, and was told that it was impossible to do without affecting the structural integrity of the ring. 🙁

Post # 7
3112 posts
Sugar bee

@BearyLovely:  I would definitely just take it to a jeweler you trust.  That’s the only way to find out.

Post # 8
296 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@BearyLovely:  Can it be shaved down?  Probably.  Should you?  No.

2mm is quite thin already.  Anything less than 1.8mm is very risky for a ring that will be worn daily for the rest of your life.  Also, if the ring is gold, it will lose some gold each time it’s polished.  If all your working with is <2mm, then it would be much more likely to break over time.

You could have the illusion of a thinner band if you changed to a knife edge setting instead.


Post # 9
397 posts
Helper bee

@BearyLovely:  I would go with a new setting before I’d risk shaving it down. I had my three stone (with a a band about your size) reset to a solitaire with just over a 1mm pave band. They could have shaved it, but it would have been minimal, and could have compromised the integrity of the ring. My diamond is just under 1.5ct, and I don’t have any concerns about stability.

The new setting + labor was around $1k, but if you just went with an all white gold setting (no diamonds), I imagine it would be quite a bit cheaper.

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