Post # 1
I have a question about resizing rings I’m hoping you lovely bees can discuss with me!
Is there a rough maximum number of times engagement and wedding rings should be resized throughout their life?
Background: After DH proposed with my e-ring, I had it resized smaller (maybe 2 sizes using the alphabet ring sizing system). I then lost weight before the wedding so when I purchased my wedding band, both rings were resized smaller again (the new one was also too big). In the last three years I’ve put on a significant amount of weight due to health issues. I’ve hated not being able to fit my rings, so finally took them in to be resized last week. They’re at the jewellers now being adjusted up 1 and a half sizes.
This means my engagement ring has been resized three times, and my wedding band twice. I’m hoping to eventually lose some weight, which may require them to be sized down again.
I asked the jeweller if the resizing would affect the setting and he said it wouldn’t, so long as my rings were only resized 4 or 5 times throughout their life. This made me nervous.
Any thoughts? Have attached a pic of the setting from when I was skinny and they fitted nicely… *sigh*.
Post # 2
For some rings it isn’t a advisable for example rings with side stones as it can compromise the integrity of the claw prongs or settings and diamonds can fall out more easily. My engagement ring had side diamonds and because my fingers got bigger my jeweller advised me not to resize. Your set is beautiful
Post # 3
1. Rings with side stones are much harder to resize. There is less space to work with adding removing material and depending on the project could require the stone be removed and readded which have their own risk.
2. Every time you cut the ring, that spot will be weaker. Sizing down removes material and then when you size back up you are either making that lesser material stretch further (i.e. weaker) or you are adding material via soldering which is not going to be as strong as the original unified material (sort of like patching a hole).
Are the health issues likely to resolve? Is pregnancy planned in your future?
I would probably hold off on any additional resizing until you are at a stable weight for a significant period of time. If the ring is too big, you can always buy a spacer bar or get sizing beads put in but if you size it back down and then decide on pregnancy and gain weight and have trouble losing the weight there isn’t much you can do to make it fit short of resizing again.
Post # 4
Hey bee your best bet may be to have the gold sizing balls put in your ring instead of sizing it down. That way if you gain weight again you can have them removed.
Post # 5
sizing a ring down creates one solder joint, sizing up creates 2. A good jeweler will hit your ring with the flame of the torch before cutting to see where the solder joints are and will cut on those spots for additional sizing to avoid creating additional solder joints and weakening the ring unnecessarily. Just be sure to mention that your ring has been previously sized when you take it in again so that they do this.