Post # 1
I inherited a ruby ring after my grandmother passed away. My grandfather had given this to my grandmother on one of their anniversaries, and the inscription says “RR TO HR 5-22-1975” (their initials and the date of their anniversary).
I have not been able to ever wear this ring, though, because it is way too big for me. My grandmother’s fingers were much larger than mine, and unfortunately, this ring will not even fit on my thumb.
Here is the conundrum. Should I resize it and potentially ruin the inscription, or should I leave it as is, keep it in my jewelry box forever, and look at it only during moments of nostalgia (like right now)?
I think it would be an amazing and sentimental thing to wear on my right hand on the wedding day for my “something old,” but I have read conflicting things about resizing an engraved ring. Some have said that the resizing will melt off the inscription and it will have to be redone, and others have said it will be fine, but this is my heirloom ring and I want to be sure, especially because it will need such drastic resizing to fit on any of my fingers. The original inscription is a big part of why the ring is so meaningful to me, so it is important for me to keep that intact… But, on the other hand, I also don’t know if it makes sense to keep it shut away in a box all of the time.
Thoughts? Similar experiences with resizing an engraved ring? What would you do?
Obligatory pic of the ring in question next to my e-ring 🙂
(Obviously I would be getting the missing diamond replaced, too)
Post # 3
@NeverMoreLenore: why not just wear it with a plastic or rubber ring snuggy? Completely risk free, and you get to enjoy the piece!!
Post # 4
Oooh tough call. I actually also own a ruby and diamond ring that was my grandmothers – it was given to her by my grandfather for their 40th anniversary. Funny enough, the inscription is actually incorrect on the band! It has the correct years, but says “20th” not “40th” hahaha. Anyway, it is a bit too big for me but luckily it fits my middle finger. I don’t think you should get it resized, but maybe there is some other way to be able to wear it? Like wrkbrk said, you *might* be able to get a sizer, but I don’t know that it will make it small enough if it is that large on you.
ETA: I actually have a plastic sizer on my ering right now, but I think it only makes it, like… a quarter to a half size smaller. Not a lot.
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@NeverMoreLenore: Get buttons added to the inside of the ring like Duchess Kate did with Diana’s ring. It should preserve the inscription while making it fit.
Post # 6
Thanks for the suggestions, ladies! I assumed the snuggie thing wouldn’t work for such a drastic size reduction, but it definitely is worth a shot. BeachBride, I didn’t know about the buttons thing… I will look into that for sure!
Thanks again 🙂
Post # 7
@NeverMoreLenore: I would take it to a jeweler that has experience with antiques, too. Depending on how much they’d have to size down, they might be able to do it on the sides of the inscription, you never know! But definitely seek out someone familiar with antiques/does restorations.