The last thing you want on your wedding day is for your groom to try and romantically slip on your wedding ring in front of your friends and family only to have it be too tight.
Similarly, if the stress of your wedding planning has caused some weight loss you don’t want to worry all day about your ring staying on your finger!
It is a good idea to try on your wedding ring a few weeks before the wedding is going to happen. This way you will still have time to take it to a jeweler to get it resized in time.
In this article, we will look at how long it takes to resize a ring, what the cost implications are as well as if it will take longer to resize a more intricate ring.
How Long Will It Take To Resize A Wedding Ring?
In the best-case scenario, a jeweler can resize your ring in just a few minutes if they have the time. In reality, however, a jeweler may have other things that he may have to finish first before resizing your ring. Either way, it should not take more than a day or two.
Resizing a wedding ring also depends on the complexity of the job that needs to be done and may vary. If your wedding day is coming up soon then you may be able to get the ring tweaked by the jeweler in just a few days.
Your local jeweler may give you a quote of one week just to be safe, but in most cases, the ring can be resized in as little as a few hours. If, however, the ring is more complex with a more complicated design it could take a few weeks!
If you have decided to use your local jeweler, the process will be a lot faster as they normally have a workshop on site. If you decide to take it to a chain jewelry store, they might have to ship it to an offsite jeweler to get it resized properly. This can take anywhere from 4 weeks to two months.
What If The Ring is a Little More Complicated?
A Lola wedding band is otherwise known as a pave ring or channel set ring tends to take longer to resize than a plain band.
This is because to resize these kinds of rings the jeweler will need to loosen the stones and then tighten them again to make sure that none of them fall out. This, of course, is going to take the jeweler more time to complete.
The same applies to wedding rings that have intricate designs embedded in the band. If you take this kind of ring to be resized at your local jeweler, you are looking at about a week or two until it has been completed.
How Much Does It Cost To Resize A Ring?
Usually, the cost of resizing a standard wedding ring can be as little as $20 – $25. Rings that are a bit more complicated can cost you up to $200 or 300 dollars depending on the level of difficulty and time that it is going to take to resize the ring.
Other factors will also determine the length of time that it will take for your wedding ring to be resized. It all depends on how complex the ring is as well as what type of resizing you are going to need.
Here are a few determining factors as to how long your wedding ring could take to resize:
- Gold, silver, and platinum rings can be resized quite easily as the design on the ring is not very complicated.
- Rings that are made of rose gold can be quite a bit harder to resize as the gold can easily crack.
- Stainless steel rings also take longer to resize as the metal has a high melting point and needs special machinery that your local jeweler may not keep in his shop.
- Rings that are made out of titanium can’t be resized. The metal is too hard. This goes for rings made of tungsten as well.
- A ring that has a full eternity band embedded with diamonds all around the ring cannot be resized as the jeweler will not have any metal to work with to resize the ring.
How Does A Jeweler Resize A Wedding Ring?
If the Ring is Too Big
If your wedding ring is too big for your finger, then the jeweler can cut the ring and remove a bit of metal from it and then solder it back together again.
Once this is done the ring will be polished thoroughly and the resizing will not be noticeable at all.
If The Ring Is Too Small
When a ring is too small and only needs to be made slightly bigger then the jeweler can enlarge it by stretching. This can take as little as ten to fifteen minutes for the jeweler to do.
If the ring needs to be made quite a bit bigger then the jeweler may have to cut through the band to add a bit more metal to the ring. This will take approximately half an hour to four hours to complete.