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How to Resize a Pinky Ring for a Perfect Fit

When your pinky ring feels loose or tight, it's time to resize it. You can always go to a jewelry store and get the job done. You can also use some DIY methods and learn how to resize a pinky ring for a perfect fit at home.

While it's always recommended to have a professional jeweler resize your ring, there are some steps you can take to help you achieve a perfect fit. 

In this article, I'll walk you through ways to resize your pinky ring, so you can wear it without fear of losing it.

How to resize a pinky ring for a perfect fit

How to Resize a Pinky Ring for a Perfect Fit

Finding the perfect ring from our small pinky rings collection can be an exciting experience, but what if it doesn't quite fit your finger? 

In this case, you have three options. You can:

  • Seek professional help from a jeweler 
  • Find easy DIY solutions
  • Use our free resizing policy

How to professionally resize a pinky ring for a perfect fit

There are many ways to resize a ring. Some will require professional assistance from a skilled jeweler, and others you can do at home. 

Resizing your pinky ring at home can be a cost-effective option. However, sometimes it's best to consult a professional jeweler with the expertise and specialized equipment to handle the task.

Spring insert

A spring insert is a method for a jeweler to make your pinky ring smaller. With this method, you can shrink your pinky ring by up to one size down. 

A spring insert is a metal strip that lines the bottom of the inside of the band and has the shape of a horseshoe. As its name suggests, it springs open enough to let the ring pass your knuckle before springing back to fit your finger.

Compared to sizing beads, this is a more complicated method for resizing. Also, it's a more expensive option. On the good side, with the spring insert technique, your ring will get the right shape and be more comfortable for people with knuckle pain. 

Sizing beads

Sizing beads are small metal beads placed inside the ring to reduce their size without altering the band. This is an easy way to resize your pinky ring; a professional usually does it. This is also a budget-friendly option.

Resizing a ring with sizing beads is the best option for those who want to reduce the ring by one-half size and keep the ring upright on the finger. 

Also, if you decide to go to a jewelry store to try this resizing method, ask the jeweler to give you an example ring with sizing beads to try beforehand. 

Fold-over device

Consider the fold-over device method if you struggle with putting your pinky ring past your knuckle. The procedure involves the jeweler placing a U-shaped bar across the bottom of the ring. 

With this technique, you can resize your ring to multiple smaller ring sizes. 

Many people swear that rings that undergo fold-over devices are comfortable. To be sure, you can ask your jeweler for a sample ring to try on.

Cutting and welding

These ring-resizing techniques require skills and expertise. If you decide on this resizing method, visit a crafty jeweler or goldsmith. 

The procedure is simple - jewelers cut the ring to make it bigger or smaller and then re-weld it. In the end, the welding is done exactly on the same part where the cut is. 

If the pinky ring is too big, the goldsmith will shrink it by cutting it apart and welding the two ends together. The ring will have the previous circular shape.

If the pinky ring is too small, the goldsmith will cut it and pull it to your desired size. After that, the ring will be welded and mixed with other metals to fill the gap. 

How to professionally resize a pinky ring for a perfect fit

How to resize a pinky ring for a perfect fit at home

If you are in a hurry and want to wear your beautiful pinky ring, you can try some DIY solutions for resizing rings that work every time. 

Use rubber bands

For this DIY project, you’ll need a simple rubber band that you probably have around the house. The ideal fit is a small, transparent band.

Next, slide the band around your finger and put the ring over it. This DIY method's "magic" trick is that the rubber band will add thickness to your finger and fill the extra space. That's how your pinky ring will perfectly fit your finger. 

Remember that this is not a permanent solution, but it will get the job done if you are in a hurry. 

Plastic size adjusters

Plastic ring size adjusters are another cheap and easy option for your loose ring. You can get them online or ask your jeweler to give you a pair or two. These adjusters are not durable, and you'll need to replace them occasionally. For this reason, buying a pack of multiple plastic adjusters is better. 

As with the rubber bands, this DIY solution is temporary and will only make your ring fit as long as you wear them. Plastic size adjusters will reduce the pinky rings’ size to one-half or one whole ring size. 

This is a perfect technique for people who vary in weight. Sometimes these temporary solutions are better because if you decide on permanent ring resizing, you can’t return the old ring shape. 

Spiral silicone adjuster

The spiral ring-size adjuster is a lifesaver for people with prominent knuckles, shrinking problems, or finger swelling.

These adjusters usually come in 3.9-inch long strands and look like spirals. The best thing about these spiral silicone adjusters is that you can cut them and use them for multiple rings of different sizes. 

Also, they are made from food-grade silicone and are transparent, so no one will know you are wearing them.

Mandrel and hammer

For this project, you'll need a mandrel, a hammer, and dish soap. A mandrel is a tapered metal rod for measuring and reshaping rings. Start by dipping the ring in warm water with dish soap. 

Then, put the ring on the mandrel and mark the size of the ring. Use a hammer to hit the ring slowly at a downward angle. Once the ring starts to enlarge, the number of the size will increase. 

Remember to tap the ring while rotating it to enlarge it evenly. Continue to do these steps until the ring fits perfectly, and don't forget to try it several times before you hit the right form and size. 

Silicone or hot glue

You can use one of these types of glues to support your loose pinky ring. You can start by washing and drying your ring with a soft, lint-free towel. After that, apply the glue with a toothpick and put as many layers as needed. 

If there is excessive glue, wipe it immediately with a damp cloth before it dries out. The final step is to wait for the glue to dry, which can take up to two days. 

This DIY project is not a permanent solution for your pinky ring makeover because the glue can wear off or scratch over time.

How to resize a pinky ring for a perfect fit at home

How to Get Your Approximate Pinky Ring Size

You can get your ring size measurements with simple methods and tools. Take a look at these common ways to determine your ring size:

Use a ring sizing chart

Many jewelry stores and online retailers provide printable ring sizing charts that you can use to measure your finger. 

These charts have a series of circles representing different ring sizes. You can compare the inner diameter of the circles to the inside diameter of a ring you own to find a matching size.

Visit a jeweler

A professional jeweler can accurately measure your ring size using specialized tools. They may have various sizing rings that you can try on to determine the best fit.

Measure with a string or strip of paper

Wrap a string or a thin strip of paper around the bottom of your finger where you plan to wear the ring. Mark where the string or paper overlaps and measure the length with a ruler. Use a ring size conversion chart to determine the corresponding ring size.

Use a ring-sizing kit

You can purchase a ring sizing kit online or from a jeweler. These kits typically include a range of plastic or metal rings in different sizes. You can try on the rings until you find one that fits comfortably and hugs your finger snugly.

Remember, measuring your ring size when your hands are at normal body temperature is important, as cold or warm weather can cause your fingers to shrink or expand. 

How to Get Your Approximate Pinky Ring Size

Tips and Tricks to Make the Pinky Ring Fit Perfectly

Before permanently resizing your pinky finger, try some tips and tricks to make the ring fit more comfortably.

Pay attention to the temperature

Temperature can have an impact on the size of your fingers. If your fingers swell in warm weather, you might find it helpful to put the ring on in the morning or when your hands are cool. 

Conversely, if your fingers shrink in cold weather, you could warm your hands before putting on the ring.

Lubrication

Use a small amount of lubricant to help the ring slide onto your finger more easily. You can use water, hand lotion, or a drop of oil (such as baby oil or olive oil) to reduce friction.

Finger positioning

Gently push your finger into the ring while twisting it back and forth slightly. This motion can help the ring slide over the knuckle more easily.

Use soap and water

Wet your finger with water or use mild soap to make it slippery. This method can help the ring slide on smoothly. Be sure to rinse off any remaining soap afterward.

Finger exercises

Stretching and flexing your fingers before putting on the ring can help increase blood flow and reduce swelling.

If you are still having difficulty, it's important not to force the ring onto your finger, as this can cause injury or damage to the ring.

Conclusion

Through this article, I hope you learned how to resize a pinky ring for a perfect fit. Besides asking a jeweler for help, you can resize your ring with simple DIY methods. 

This includes plastic and silicone adjusters, rubber bands, and mandrels. These are faster and more cost-effective methods than professional welding and cutting. 

Additionally, try some tips and tricks before permanently resizing your ring. I discussed finger exercises, using a lubricant, and finding the right finger positioning to make that ring fit. 

Finally, you can always count on us when choosing the right size for your pinky ring. On our website, you can find a ring sizing chart and a free ring return policy for your convenience.

Jesus Zabala, author

Jesús  is the founder and designer of JEWELRYLAB. He is the Head of Design and oversees production, quality control, and precious metal sourcing. Having created more than 15,000 custom pieces for JEWELRYLAB as well as custom design collaborations with major fashion brands like Playboy, he brings a unique insight into jewelry style trends, metal quality, and care.

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