(Closed) Is ring shrinkage real????

posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee

it looks smaller? weird.

if it fits smaller, it’s probably your body or the weather changes. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee

Rings don’t actually shrink.

I’m guessing what you mean is if you get used to it, and that’s probably the case. I haven’t personally had that experience, mine looks the same as it did when I bought it, both in reality and perception.

Post # 4
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Helper bee

“Ring shrinkage” is a commonly used term for perceiving a once-thought-to-be-large stone in a ring smaller as time passes, hence the need or want to upgrade to something larger. In that regard, yes . . . it’s real, albeit subjective to the observer. And yes, it has happened to me as well. After over a decade of thinking 1.5 ct was just perfect, it looked smaller one day. I’ve since upgraded to a 2.5 ct equivalent moissanite. On the other hand, I sometimes still prefer the smaller stone, so it’s nice to be able to go back and forth between the two.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I think when I first got my diamond it seemed huge to me, especially as it kept catching on things. As I’ve worn it and gotten used to it, i don’t catch it on things anymore, and it doesn’t seem so huge. Before I never would have thought of going to a larger stone, but now I think “the next stone I get will be bigger!”

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

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sscott06 : So real.

I’ve always thought mine is the perfect size for my finger and still do. I do however have random days where I look at it and it just seems so small that I think .50 carat up would actually be perfect. It only lasts a day and then the next I’m back to thinking what I have now is perfect.

I think we just get used to it. The grass is always greener…

Post # 8
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Newbee

oof, yeah it’s real! 😀 Some days my 2.2 cushion looks small… Maybe my finger is just getting fatter! tongue-out

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Nothing is getting smaller, you’re just used to it because you wear it all the time and it just blends in. 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

Yup. Thought mine looked big. Now it looks normal. If I catch a glimpse of it in a photo or something, then I see it’s just my diamond shrinkage mind playing tricks. Funny thing. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

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sscott06 :  Mine looks smaller when I’m bloated or have gained a few lbs, but when I lose weight or the bloat it looks like I want it to 🙂

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

Yes , it is real and sadly kinda common . Hopefully you are able to combat this . Hugs xoxo 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Its just part of hedonic adaptation. You get used to your new shiny things and they dont feel new and shiny (or as big or wow-y) anymore. Dont get sucked into the trap- it makes the consumerism wheel go around.

Wear a small stand in or no rings for a few days and then put your ring back on.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

I don’t call it ring shrinkage, but I think it is just part of getting used to the size or the look on your hand.

I have also actually had the opposite experience. Over time, I felt my round solitaire that I wore for several years that was 8mm/2cts was often “too big” and realized my own sweet spot for a solitaire was closer to 7-7.5mm.

It also does not make a lot of sense to me, but I can wear a 7-7.5mm stone with a significant sized halo that exceeds 9-10mm in total width and feel it is just perfect, but if I don an 8.5+mm solitaire I feel it is way too big for me! I think a lot of it has to do with the height off my finger, as well. A larger stone has more depth, so sits higher, and to be gets more of a lollipop/bobble look which is not my preference.

Still, when I first put on my current ring I thought it seemed HUGE (just the overall setting, not the centre stone) and it does cover a lot of my finger, but now it looks very normal and I am very used to it. If I catch it in the mirror I realize that from that perspective it is quite a substantial ring. I definitely do not have any desire for anything larger though.

 

Post # 15
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Helper bee

It’s happening to me. I was out of the country on fieldwork for 2 months, and left my ring at home. It looks so much smaller to me! to the point that I was partially convinced the stone was switched when I let a jeweler clean it (and he literally had it for maybe 10 minutes, so there’s no way he could have switched it).

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