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Posted on Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 in Informational.
Customers often come into our store and ask how much it would cost to get their ring resized. The answer? Well, it depends. There are numerous factors that go into determining the cost of ring size alterations. Here are a few of the most prevalent factors.
Metal Type: The two costs that go into ring sizing are labor cost and material cost. We all know that certain metals cost more than others so the price of your ring sizing will largely depend on what type of metal it’s made out of. Platinum and gold rings will cost more to resize than sterling silver ones. Other metals like titanium, tungsten, and stainless steel rings are very difficult to resize so many goldsmiths will not work with these metals.
Gemstone Amount and Type: One key factor that goes into determining resizing cost is the number of gemstones found on the ring. It’s going to be much easier to resize a solitaire engagement ring (which features only one diamond on it) rather than resizing a diamond eternity band (which has diamonds around the entire band). Ring resizing cost is also dependent on the type of gemstone found on your ring. Heat sensitive gemstones such as opals, pearls and emeralds must be separated from the rest of the ring before resizing it, which affects the labor cost involved in resizing.
Setting Type: Altering the size of a channel set ring may affect the gemstone alignment. Prong set rings may get compressed or too spread out during sizing. Resizing rings with an invisible tension setting can affect the ring’s overall tensile strength, causing durability issues and misalignment of the center stone. This means that the ring resizer needs to put more effort into making sure all of these possible outcomes do not happen.
Ring Thickness: Resizing will cost more if you have a very thick ring. However, this doesn’t mean that resizing thin rings will always be less expensive. If your ring is extremely thin and easy to bend, it may cost more to resize as well.
Change in Size: Ring resizing is more expensive if you need to have your ring size adjusted by two or more sizes. Likewise, increasing the size of the ring will also cost more since more metal is needed to resize.
These are just some of the factors that affect the price of ring resizing. Since no two rings are exactly alike, it’s challenging to determine exactly what the price of a ring size alteration will be without fully inspecting the ring beforehand. Depending on the ring, it could cost anywhere from twenty to a few hundred dollars. This is why you should always ask for a free estimate whenever you go to your local jeweler to get your ring resized.