Resizing or sizing beads?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
1131 posts
Bumble bee

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sparklyglitterbee :  From what I understand, if you’re sizing down one or two whole sizes, it may compromise the band. I think it’s generally safe to go down 1/4 or 1/2. Also, I’ve been told your ring is a bit more snug when you add the wedding band, but I may be wrong; it may be the band that fits more snug with the ering. 

Just thought of something: I wanted to add you may want to take the ring to a jeweler to make sure they sent you the correct size. If the size is off, the company you purchased it from should replace it with the correct size. 

Post # 3
4905 posts
Honey bee

I think the correct answer would depend on a couple of things.  a) Do your fingers tend to swell or otherwise fluctuate, particularly with heat/cold, hormonal changes or sodium intake?  b) Are you planning to wear a wedding band with the ring?

You likely could resize it, but probably only once or maybe twice total safely and the smaller the change the better.  I mean, that’s one of the main reasons people choose half or 3/4 eternity over full eternity so they have that option.  However, if your fingers flucuate in size you’re likely safer with sizing beads (I can’t tell if that’s the gap normally or because you’re pushing it up to show).  Also, your ring will likely fit a bit more snugly once you’re wearing it with a band and/or you can have it soldered to your band when the time comes (as long as you’re the type who would always want to wear them together and be willing to get a second band if there is an occasion when you would want to wear a band only).  

I would be inclined to go buy a temporary ring adjuster (they’re only like $5), unless it’s just so massively oversized that it’s falling off and has to be resized, until you decide what you’re planning to do about a wedding band.

Also, have you actually had your ring size measured?  And at different times of day?  

Post # 4
7972 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

The advantages of sizing beads is that they are a solid but temporary solution (in the case that you will add a wedding band), do not impact the integrity of your ring, and actually help keep it from spinning (sizing won’t do that). 

My ring size has increased by two full sizes over the decades–I would keep in mind how many times you can safely resize the ring and go from there. 

Post # 5
865 posts
Busy bee

I would be hesitant to size it down much for the reasons the bees above stated. Additionally, if you’re planning on having children, many women’s hand swell during pregnancy, and some never go back to the starting ring size. I would do like the above bee said, and buy a silicone sizer to start with and see how you like it, plus try it on with some bands. 
I think if you aren’t adjusting it much, you are safe to resize a half eternity if you decide you want to. 

Post # 6
184 posts
Blushing bee

I just got sizing beads put into my engagement ring and it was the best decision ever. 

Ring sizing has been a saga. I ordered my engagement ring online as a size 5, and it was a little too loose (the jeweler I took it to told me it was a “healthy” 5). It would spin and when it was cold it would almost fall off. 

I bought the silicone sizers on Amazon, which work reasonably well but are temporary and can be annoying every time you want to put on lotion/wash your hands, etc. 

The jeweler sized me to a 4.75, so I debated having my ring resized. Well, it turns out that I ordered my wedding band in 4.75. When I gave it a test run at home, it was fine most of the time but in the mornings my fingers would be so swollen that I could barely get it off. I have to take my rings on and off at work in the mornings a lot, so it wasn’t great. Had my ring resized to a 5. Was concerned that putting sizing beads in my engagement ring would make it feel like the 4.75 band. Decided to try it anyway. They got it right on the first try. They are SO comfortable, I don’t feel them, my ring doesn’t spin, and I don’t have the same feeling of claustrophobia. 

In other words, I think it’s totally worth a shot.

Post # 8
487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I would recommend to do the sizing beads.  I also have a half eternity band diamond and was recommended to go a half size bigger to allow for swelling in future etc because I can’t size my band once it’s made to size and to get sizing beads.  Before I got them my ring used to spin and feel loose but now it’s fine.  

Post # 9
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: City, State

like the other bees have said, try it on with your wedding band.  my rings fit entirely different when worn apart.  they both spin and act annoying until they are together. 

Post # 10
1086 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

I would do beads until you get your band. My ring spun when we first got engaged, so I had it sized down, then when we added the band I couldn’t take it off anymore and had to size back up. Also beads will allow you to see how it fits through the seasons and see if you’re prone to finger swelling or shrinkage. Ultimately if it’s 1/4 to 1/2 size I would resize, once you’re sure you know it’s necessary.

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