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by Jesús Zabala - 3 min read

How Long Does It Take To Resize a Ring?

Having a ring isn't just about complementing your fashion outfit. This piece of jewelry also holds personal significance, symbolizing commitments, milestones, or cherished memories that add deeper meaning to your everyday life. But sometimes, ring size can be a problem. Fortunately, some jewelers successfully deal with this unpleasant situation. So, how long does it take to resize a ring?

Stay tuned as we take you through the entire resizing process, the factors that affect the process, and the duration.

How Long Does It Take to Get a Ring Resized

Generally speaking, it may take several hours to 1-3 days to resize a ring. If it is a complicated resizing, the process can take up to one week. However, if you are wondering how fast can a ring be resized, consider several factors, such as the ring's material, size and shape, and the presence of engravings and other details.

How Long Does It Take To Resize a Ring
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Ring material

The type of material is the first thing to keep in mind when it comes to resizing your ring. Usually, there are materials in which this process is impossible, while in others, it goes smoothly. Gold, for example, is a very delicate material prone to cracking during resizing. That is why a skilled jeweler must carry out the entire process successfully. 

Other materials, such as titanium or tungsten, are quite durable and strong, so they are often replaced instead of resized. This is because their extreme hardness and resistance to cutting or reshaping make resizing impractical and risk cracking or damaging the ring. So, creating a new ring in the desired size is usually a more effective solution.

Size adjustment

The degree of adjustment, i.e., whether the ring band should be reduced or enlarged, is also a factor to consider.

Making the ring smaller

Jewelers usually cut a section of the ring band to perform this process and then solder the two ends together. This process is fast and less complicated than ring augmentation.

Making the ring bigger

When a ring needs to be enlarged due to an incorrect size, jewelers usually add metal to the band, which is a more complex and time-consuming process. Making the ring larger also requires precision and expertise from an experienced jeweler.

Engravings

Engravings can make the resizing process more complicated. Jewelers must pay attention to such details throughout the process, which can prolong the time of resizing. In some cases, such engravings and details will have to be recreated, which can further affect the cost and time.

What If You Don’t Have Time to Resize

Can you get a ring resized same day? If time is of the essence, several options can help you customize your ring. One such option is a plastic ring guard. You can get these guards in many stores or order them online. However, remember that these plastic ring guards may only be useful for one to two seasons and are not a permanent solution for ring sizing.

Another option to consider is professional advice. If you need advice on temporary solutions, you can contact our JewelryLab team, who will be happy to provide useful advice and solutions to your problem.

Can All Rings Be Resized?

In short, no. Not all rings can be resized, and the main reason is the type of material. Rings made of titanium, tungsten, or ceramic cannot be resized. Engravings and precious stones around the entire surface of the band represent an additional challenge. In such cases, we recommend an alternative, such as remaking the ring or replacing it with another ring of a different material.

Can All Rings Be Resized?
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Conclusion

In conclusion, while gold and other soft metals may often be resized with relative ease, materials like titanium and tungsten present significant challenges due to their durability. As a result, these rings are frequently replaced rather than resized. For those wondering how long does it take to resize a ring, the timeframe can vary depending on the metal and the complexity of the work, typically ranging from a few hours to several days or event weeks.

If you need advice on ring fitting or have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us. Our team will assist you in finding the right size and material tailored to your requirements.

Jesús  is the founder and designer of JewelryLab. He is the Head of Design and also oversees production, quality control, and precious metal sourcing.

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