Post # 1
Hi Ladies! I have a dilemma that I need some help with. My fingers are fairly small. I originally measured as a 4.25, but my jeweler created my engagement ring in a size 5 due to the thickness of the band. When I got engaged, it was a perfect fit. Now, I’ve since been eating healthy and working out to get back to my original size from a size 12 back to a 2. It’s been going well so far as I’ve already lost 14 lbs with proper diet and exercise. Woohoo! The only problem is my ring is now loose – like very loose. And I still have 22 more lbs to go.
I dropped by my local jeweler today to get some advice, and the owner who I usually work with wasn’t there. So, I worked with a new sales associate. She put in a temporary sizer (it was some metal contraption that makes the ring tighter) for me since my finger is now a size 4. But she really scared me by saying two things: (1) that my sapphire center stone could not withstand the heat of resizing so it would need to be removed before any work was done on the ring and (2) resizing further after I lost even more weight would definitely alter the overall look and shape of my engagement ring as it requires all three rows of the side diamonds to be removed, prongs to be redipped, and the ring to be essentially rebuilt.
I know that losing the weight is the right thing for my health, but I can’t help but be upset. It’s only been 1 month since I’ve had the ring, and now I’m having doubts. I thought that diamond and sapphire were two of the toughest gemstones…and that they would be able to withstand these kind of things. I knew I wanted a blue stone and we specifically chose sapphire over tanzanite because we wanted this to be my “forever ring.” I can’t help thinking what happens when I have children and gain weight – will the ring need to be completely rebuilt again? And, I really love my ring as is. I don’t want the look of it to change in any way – I just don’t want to risk losing the ring because it easily slides off my finger.
So, my question is have any of you ladies had issues with resizing because your ring contained sapphires? Did resizing your rings changed the overall look of your ring? If any of you ladies with small fingers have any experience with resizing or tips, I would really appreciate it. Or maybe ladies that lost a significant amount of weight and experienced a dramatic drop in ring size? xoxo
Post # 2
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 # 3
xkchelsea : I remember your thread! Oh, the problems we ladies go through with having small fingers. I din’t even consider myself to have very small fingers before this whole experience. My ring looks exactly like this, but with a sapphire center: https://www.solomonbrothers.com/christopher-designs-g94f-3-curd150-engagement-rings/item-176812?gclid=Cj0KCQjw7pHLBRDqARIsAFyKPa756TjlckSzmviV34a3Sf6rdF1o-D47NM1QzfP7lcjOKJzxLZzYghgaAr-6EALw_wcB
And the contraption they added on looks like this:
Post # 4
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 # 5
Sunshine528 : I’m almost back to my original weight, so I’m going to consult with them about resizing the ring. For now, I still have that contraption on it, and it’s not bohering me so I guess I’m not overly distraught now. Thanks for replying!
Post # 6
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.
Post # 7
glitterysala : Thanks so much for the advice!! I appreciate it – once I’m at my target weight (and maintain it for quite some time) I’ll go to the jeweler to see what we can do. xoxo