Ring Resizing Woes

posted 4 months ago in Rings
Post # 2
77 posts
Worker bee

bluecutie00 :  Aw, good luck! FWIW, my jeweler never mentioned that as a problem with sapphires. My sapphire ring was sized down from an 8 to a 3 without damage to the sapphire (see other thread for, well, other complications) 🙂 Do you have a picture of the ring?

Post # 4
287 posts
Helper bee

 It was very remiss of your jeweler not to indicate the issues that can arise when resizing a ring from large to small. Any resizing of more than 2 sizes will cause the prongs to expand too much when making it smaller; thus, endangering any side stones and have a much greater chance of falling off. For new rings in smaller sizes, it is recommended that it is ordered directly from the manufacturer so that it is brand new and not resized. The overall look might indeed change since the ring now has a wide profile.

See this article on heating sapphires and the best methods.

The Hard Facts of Sapphires and Rubies

Post # 6
1784 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Your jeweler was correct to say that care needs to be taken with sapphires (even diamonds need to be protected from heat!). Unsetting stones during work is not all that uncommon.

With your setting, I would simply work with them to re-shank the ring. They will cut the band under the side diamonds and add a new one below that is smaller. You might look at a euro-band as they fit a bit different and could help with the fit. The ring below yours is a modified euro-shank. The challenge is that they can’t change the shape of the top of the ring. So, from the side, your ring will be oval. No biggie…fingers are really oval anyway. But, I would not do this under you are at your target weight. 



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