Post # 1
- Wedding: July 2014 - Backyard
I had my engagement ring custom made by Rosados Box (you can find them on Etsy). It is sturdy and gorgeous and I love it. I highly recommend working with Shirley at Ring Bearer if you are considering purchasing online. She’s great.
I was lucky enough to actually be in Chicago shorly after my engagement and met with Shirley in person. She sized my finger for the ring. I have pretty small hands but big ol’ knuckles.
The ring has always been pretty difficult to take off, but lately it has become impossible! (I have gained about five pounds. I didn’t think it would make that big of a difference!
I have slept and showered with my ring about five times now! I really do not want to do this; I want to take it off a night and treat it well. It has pave side stones (but the sides of the ring cover the stones, so they are a bit more protected than other pave settings.)
I spoke with the jeweler and she thinks we could size up .5 without compromising the integrity of the pave stones.
So – do I try and lose the five pounds (which I want to do anyway), or do I get it resized? I have an adjustable sizer that I have set to 5.25, but the damn thing slips and gets bigger when I try to slip it on. I spose I can go to a jeweler here in town and see what size they recommend.
Thoughts? (It really, REALLY HURTS to take off.)
Post # 3
@engagedsagebrush: Ugh. This is such a tough problem. Your ring doesn’t look too small in the picture you included with your post … but, if it’s too hard to take it off, you might be wise to size up a little bit — as long as it won’t compromise the beautiful setting on your shank/band. Also, since it’s winter now, your ring might be even more uncomfortable / tight in the summer, when the weather turns warmer.
At the same time, will your ring spin too much if you size it up a bit? And, if it does, will that bother you? I keep mine sized up about a half size bigger than my actual size. It spins, but not so much that it bothers me … and it’ll end up being pretty much the right size when summer rolls around. (Hello sweaty, swollen fingers. Ick!)
Your ring is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, by the way!! It looks lovely on your hand.
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2014 - Backyard
@longtimemrs: Thanks for your input (and your compliment!). Yeah – I am really curious to see what summer is going to be like!
Do you think it would do oodles of damage to the prongs if I had to wear it 24/7 for a couple of months while I try and lose weight?
This is the first “real” jewelery I have ever owned, if you couldn’t tell!
Post # 5
@engagedsagebrush: If you need to take it on/off, a few tricks work well for me when a ring is too tight/scrapes the knuckle on the way off. First, I’ll stick my hand in the freezer for 30 second or so. If it doesn’t budge or still is “scrapey”, I’ll grab a bag of frozen peas and ice my hand for 10-15 minutes. Finally, if that doesn’t work, I’ll put a squirt or two of dish soap on the bottom of the shank/band and get it between my skin and the ring. Works like a charm, but I don’t clean my rings that often and don’t want a ton of soap buildup.
And I’d get it resized +0.5 at least. It looks super tight and your fingers will swell during the summer, when you work out, on airplanes, if you’re dehydrated, etc.
Hope that helps.
Post # 6
Yes, I agree with the above posters – if it’s tight now (when it’s cold and your fingers are at their skinniest compared to the rest of the year), it will be unbearable once it gets warmer.
If your finger does get smaller when you lose weight, you can always add sizing beads.
Post # 7
- Wedding: July 2014 - Backyard
@ittybittykittycommittee: Thanks for the suggestions! I tried soaking my hand in ice water last night but it didn’t seem to help. I usually squirt Dawn dishsoap on my finger to help things along, (and then clean the ring with it), but lately even that doesn’t get it past my knuckle/skin smooshedge.
I loooove your username!!
Post # 8
I agree with others. I would resize it now. My rings become painfully tight at some times during the summer and are looser in the winter.
Post # 9
Are you bending your knuckle a little before you try pulling it off? Apparently most people just yank it off with their fingers straight.
Post # 10
@engagedsagebrush: Windex will always get a ring to slide off without a problem.
I actually keep a bottle in the bathroom (normally we have some in the kitchen under the sink)- because I sort of have the same problem.
Right now, when it’s realy cold out– as it has been all winter, my engagement ring spins quite a bit– thankfully it doesn’t slode off, but if it was sized up anymore, it would. I noticed this at the end of last summer/early fall- it was fine all summer, but we have way more cooler weather here than hot summer (although summer s are ridiculously hot sometimes)–
If your goal is to lose that 5 pounds, I would WAIT on the sizing– and take it off at night with Windex. It won’t hurt your ring– I soak mine in Windex and water to clean it weekly.
Post # 11
@engagedsagebrush: I don’t know that it would do much damage to your prongs if you wore your ring 24/7 while trying to lose some weight … but it looks like you might have a more delicate sort of setting along the band/shank. So wearing your ring all the time might damage that setting or those stones. I am not experienced with that type of setting.
From my own personal experience (as an example) … I wore my original Ering ALL the time: when I showered, when I was sleeping, when I worked out, etc … for years. And it never sustained any damage to the center stone prongs or setting. (It has a round center stone, with two baguettes and rounds on either side.) I got it checked regularly, but it was just a sturdy setting overall. My current ring has stones on the sides and band that are invisibly set. I feel like it’s more delicate, so I don’t wear it 24/7.
I think it depends on the setting. Also, opinions are mixed with regard to wearing an engagement ring while sleeping, etc. (When I wore mine all the time, it never occurred to me that I might damage it — LOL!)
I’m not sure if this helps or not … and other posters might have more experience with a setting that’s more similar to what you have.
Post # 12
I think you really need to be able to take it off easily. What about if you get pregnant? Or gain more than 5 lbs in the future… I would go up in size to make in comfy to get on and off, and use sizing beads to snug it up.
Post # 13
@engagedsagebrush: Size it up 0.5! I had the same problem minus the weight fluctuations. On, my ring fit mostly fine. It got a teeeensy bit tight if I was really hot, but I’m always cold. But to get if off? Ugh, so hard! I usually got my hands wet to slip it off.
I got it resized 0.5 (5.75 to a 6.25) since I was going to add a wedding band. Wider rings need to be a little bit bigger in the size. And I was SO GLAD. It gets a teeny bit tight still if it’s really hot (but I live in Canada) and a teeny bit too loose if my hands are really cold. I think that means it’s just right. And it doesn’t brutalize my knuckle anymore, yay! I can take it off whenever I want.