Is ring shrinkage real?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
775 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’m never sure what people mean by “shrinkage”  like wishing I had a larger stone because I comparing it to others or that I don’t think my stone is a big as it “was” after wearing for a while…

Idk we know we are going to up-grade mine size wise one day so I’m not unhappy with my current stone And plan to pass it on to my kids one day. 

But some days or picture I could swar it looks smaller then others  Haha  I guess it’s just my mood. I’ve had it 6 months and I would say it took about 3 weeks before I had a day I looked at it and thought it was smaller then I thought it should be Or was before.  But right now  I’ve looked at it and thought how big it looked 

Post # 4
1925 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I have never experienced this, but I really like small rings.  I think my ring is the perfect size for my hand!

Post # 5
527 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Eh- a little. I was really wowed by the size of my center stone for a few months- now it just feels average. I’m not unhappy with it or wishing for a larger stone, but I have become more used to seeing it, so it doesn’t seem as big to me anymore.

Post # 6
84 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Yeah! I really love my ring, i just wish it was bigger. With a matching wedding band. Lol



 can totally relate!

Post # 7
9541 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2018

By ring shrinkage I think it means not looking as big as it first did, not wowing you as much. I definitely experienced that, after a few months of getting used to it, but I still think it is the perfect size!

Post # 8
1853 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@NEAM2014:  To me, shrinkage is just thinking “hmm… I could go bigger.” 

After I got my ring upgrade from a slightly smaller ring to a slightly larger one (literally only a 1.5 mm difference in the total halo diameter, 0.5 mm difference in the center moissanite), the change felt huge at first. I thought it was absolutely enormous for like 3-4 days, then got over it. Took a couple months to actually think I could go bigger. 

With my first ring, it probably took about a year for shrinkage to set it. And that was a pretty sizeable ring to begin with. So year, I think shrinkage absolutely happens to most people who don’t specifically prefer smaller stones, but I also don’t think shrinkage is at all synonymous with ring regret. I wouldn’t change my ring again for anything!

Post # 9
1542 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I’ve had mine for 8 months, but I still feel the same about it. I’m still totally in love with my diamonds

Post # 10
2197 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

No ring shrinkage here. 🙂 I’m happy.

Post # 11
165 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I think it is! You get used to something on your hand and stop noticing how pretty it is. Whenever I’m with my girlfriend someone usually asks to try it on, I always notice how much I love it when it’s on someone else’s hand! 

Post # 12
720 posts
Busy bee

I think it’s legit. I never think my ring is big and it could be bigger but I know I have an AMAZING diamond so that is good!

Post # 13
6365 posts
Bee Keeper

Lol this makes me imagine the whole ring getting smaller like a wool sweater in the dryer.

Happy to report no “shrinkage” here. Sometimes I actually get the reverse thing where it seems especially large. Usually though it looks “just right,” just like we both thought it did when we decided on it 🙂 I think it helps that we were never overly obsessed over size, we wanted (and got, in our opinion) the “whole package,” including a classic “goldilocks” size for our area (we both don’t agree with the seemingly common bee sentiment that bigger is alway better).

Post # 14
1050 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

I’ve been engaged since Dec. 2013 and when FI proposed to me,  I remember exclaiming how huge my ering looked. Especially when I compared it to a smaller birthstone ring he had previously given me. Then, after a few weeks of wearing my ering it no longer looked as huge. Funny thing happened,  a few weeks ago when FI and I met with a private jeweler to discuss my custom wedding bands,  he told us that my center cluster has a 4.0 carat diameter.  When we got home, I measured my ering and it measured 1/2″ diameter and mentally it began to look huge again for a few weeks, but now it doesn’t; yet, other people comment that it does.

Post # 15
1400 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009 - Mountain Meadow/Mansion

Yes. My ring definitely seemed larger when I first got it and now I’m used to it and could see going bigger. However, I lve my ring and DH picked a great stone with great specs (and we picked put the Tacori setting together) so I’ll keep her!

Post # 16
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

My ring has never felt small to me, but I do think that I get used to it.  When I don’t wear it for a day (either if i’m wearing my fake gym ring or like recently for a minor surgery), the next time that I put it on it seems huge. haha.  I’m not sure if that counts?

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