Resizing an heirloom ring with an inscription

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Should I resize my ring and sacrifice the original inscription, or leave it as is and never wear it?
    Leave it the way it is to preserve the inscription, and visit it in the jewelry box every so often. : (3 votes)
    30 %
    Get it resized-- the original inscription can be redone and will be just as good. : (2 votes)
    20 %
    I think you will be able to resize it AND keep the original inscription. : (3 votes)
    30 %
    Other : (2 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 3
    5482 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @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
    646 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    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
    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • 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 # 7
    3978 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @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. 

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