Post # 1
I just received my antique engagement ring in the mail. I payed about $70 extra for it to be resized down to a size 6. However when I tried it on (i wanted to see if it fits) it was loose of my finger. I mean I can wear it but it slides off my knuckle very easily. Its not too big to wear it falls off if I hold my hand upside down. But there isn’t any friction or resistant when I put it on or take it off and It wiggles a lot (sits lopsided) around my finger. Should I get it resized? The only thing I’m worried about is that it’s antique, over 100 years old and I’m scared to take it to a jeweler. It was originally sized by an antique jeweler with years of experience fixing antique jewelry so I was fine with him resizing it (I ordered the ring from england and that jewelers in england). I’m scared to take it to a local jeweler here. They could be too rough with it and polish off the patina on the shoulders or something. What do you think I should do? Do you think it’ll be ok to bring it to a local jeweler? I know people will say to find a reputable jeweler but its very difficult to tell who’s reputable or not haha
Post # 3
Hmmm that can be tricky. If you’re that nervous about having someone cut into your ring to change its size (yikes!!!) then why not have a ring guard put in?
You have a couple options when it comes to ring guards.
You can do this one in the picture above, so this way no one has to cut into the ring to change the size. Or you can do…
(sorry I don’t know the actual term for this… I call them ring guard balls lol!!!) Same thing here, the “balls” can be made of gold or platinum as well. This way you can keep the integrity of your ring without cutting into it and possibly damaging the ring. A friend of mine had that done to her ring, I believe her ring was a 6 and her ring size was a 5 and she said at first she could feel the “balls” but after about a day or so she completely forgot they were there at all!!!
I’m a 6.5 but my e-ring is a size 7. Keep in mind that it’s winter – being that it’s so cold out, sometimes my ring is loose (but never like “fall off my finger loose”). Were your hands freezing cold when you tried the ring on? Had you just washed your hands in ice cold water? Keep in mind that during the summer while it’s really hot out, the ring will fit a little more snug. My wedding band is a 6.5 but I don’t feel like sending it away to get sized to a 7 (half sizes are almost not even noticeable.) So during the summer if my fingers ever swell a tad bit due to the heat, I’ll just have to suck it up! lol
But if you have to go from a 6 to a 5 or a 4.5 then that’s more noticeable. Did the jewler size your finger after you tried the ring on? Did he determine your true size? Ask local jewlers about the ring guards before anyone cuts your ring!
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2014 - Vegas baby!
The sizing bead seem to be really popular with ladies here at the bee. I have heard mixed reviews about the silicone/rubber guards. Good luck! I would be nervous having an antique ring sized as well!
Post # 5
I think if I want to size the ring I would like it to be permanent because I want to wear this ring for the rest of my life, no upgrades
I’m just scared that getting it resized might ruin the ring and it’ll never be the same again….Should I take the chance?
I’m currently trying to gain some weight, do you think 10 lbs will make a significant difference in my ring size? i think its about 1/2 size too big. It really difficult for me to gain weight but i’m currently trying.
@munnchkin714: It wasn’t that cold when I put it on since I was in my house with the heater on and louisiana’s not that cold in general haha
Post # 6
Come to my house, I’ll make you gain weight fast!!! hahah jk. If you feel like you want it smaller and you won’t be satisfied until then, then I say do it because if you don’t then you’ll constantly be worrying about it falling off and being too big and it’ll just always be on your mind. Ask a couple of jewlers first and then make your decision on who you want to do it. My ring was too small at first, it was orginally a 5.5. I was nervous when they had to size it, especially when the jewler told me that he can make it a 7 but he can’t go any higher than that for fear of ruining the ring. See what a jewler has to say about it 😉
Post # 7
I was going to blame it on the winter before I knew your location (I swear I drop a whole ring size once it drops below 30 degrees out).
I would get a rind guide like the one in the photo above as a temporary solution. Then you can really take your time to find a jewler that can work with antiques, even if you have to drive a bit out of the way or ship it. Plus then you get a good idea of how snug you really want it.
Post # 8
Yes, absolutely have it resized. My Fiance got my ring in a 5.5 because I was sized incorrectly and that’s what I thought the size was. I ended up having to have it sized down to a 4.5 and it’s still a bit loose in the winter. I had one of those metal ring sizers on for a bit when I first got it, and it was awful and pinched.
Call around and see if you can find a jeweler in your area who specializes in antique pieces. Don’t be afraid to go in and talk to them about your concerns.
Post # 9
I got what munnchkin714 is describing as ring guard balls in my ring. My jeweler called them speed bumps. My fingers change size constantly, some times it would slide off and others it felt just right. So the bumps worked well for me, plus your diamond stays centered. They aren’t cutting into your ring at all, so its safe.
Post # 10
Woah. If you can find someone who specializes in resizing antique rings, then fine. But if you can’t? Nope, don’t chance it. The alloys used in gold is likely much different than it is today. I know because it happened to me.
I inherited a ring that is approximately 125+ years old. When the jeweller cut into the gold, he stopped dead in his tracks. It cracked. He returned it to me damaged. I wasn’t overly upset because the setting wasn’t something I loved, so I picked out a antique-like ring to house my OEC.
Don’t do it unless you are certain the jeweller is an expert. If you have a very thin, plain band, you could wear it on the other side of your ring, which would keep you from losing it. I do think you should do something to safeguard your new purchase.
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I got my 100 year old platinum e-ring and 18k white gold wedding ring resized by a regular (but well-reviewed) jeweler, and it was just fine. I would be scared to wear a ring that I could remove without any resistance… (Remember that your fingers are smaller, maybe 1/4 – 1/8 size, in the winter.)
Post # 12
find a jeweler who makes custom rings. i find that they are SO knowledgeable!! dont go to a big name store. they Ship them out for re-sizing most of the time. so the person you explain how important the ring is, won’t be the one doing it. I say find a nice jeweler who’ll do it for you on the spot. if its going down .5 size it should be easy. over 2 sizes is when rpongs could be loose, so a custom jewelry maker would know that and be able to correct that 🙂
Post # 13
Thanks for the great advise ladies!! I tested out the ring again. This time i shook my hand to see if it’ll stay on and it flew off. Luckily I was sitting on my bed and it landed on my pillow haha. I think I will get it resized but I’m having a hard time finding a reputable jeweler. I don’t think I can find any that are experts in antiques in Baton Rouge. I might wait until I move to Houston because they’ll have more options. Im just scared it might get ruined!! I don’t know if I can trust any jewelers with it haha
Post # 14
- Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard
if you are having a hard time finding a jeweler, locate the nearest antique jewelry store to you. call them and ask them if they provide this service. (or call an antique furniture store and ask them if they know anyone to refer.)
rings that are made of precious metals can be manipulated a thousand times and be just fine, as long as the person doing it is good at their job. resizing a ring is a very simple process.
as for the patina – they will most likely polish the entire ring when they are done. it will make it look really nice, but if you want to, you could request for them to only polish the spot where the resizing was done. but they will have to at least polish that spot, otherwise it’ll be rough.
if your ring was rhodium dipped, they’ll have to do that too. every time a ring is heated for metalwork, the rhodium comes off and needs to be redone.
Post # 15
Anyone know anybody good antique jewelers in Houston-Baton Rouge area?
Post # 16
@aoneil225: do you feel the sizing beads and does it bug you?
@munnchkin714: where do you get those ring guards?