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How Much Does it Cost to Resize a Ring?

Posted by Edward Ferris on Jun 13, 2018 2:20:09 PM

Goldsmith holding a ring

I have a ring which is too big/too small - can it be resized? And how much will it cost?

The quick answer as a guide:

• Silver rings (up to 3 sizes up or down): £35 - £40

• Gold rings:

9ct gold £40 - £70

18ct gold £40 - £110

22ct gold £60 - £190

• Platinum rings: £60 - £190


Need more information?

Lost weight and found your rings slipping? Found a perfect vintage piece that just doesn’t fit? Been gifted a ring that’s far too small? Or maybe you just want to start wearing a ring on a different finger but it’s the wrong size.

If you’ve ever needed a ring resized, you’re not alone - we see people in our stores asking about this every day.

Now, not all rings CAN be resized (see below). But assuming it’s possible, how much is it going to cost?

The short answer is, ‘it depends’, but here’s some explanation for the variation in cost:


Is the Ring Silver, Gold or Platinum?

Generally, the softer the metal the quicker it is to size a ring. Silver is the softest and platinum is the hardest.


What is the Purity of the Metal?

The higher the carat of gold, the more it will cost due to the material being more expensive.


The Setting of the Ring

If there is a detailed setting (perhaps with a lot of stones) it may be tricky to work around and will take longer to resize.

Your jeweller will be able to tell you whether it’s possible to re-size and what it will cost you.


Full Eternity Rings are Nearly Always Impossible to Re-size

It is sometimes possible to have sizing beads added (see below), but again only with the advice of a jeweller.

As with detailed settings, full eternity rings aren’t straightforward to size and you should expect to pay more because of the goldsmith’s labour costs.


What if my Ring Needs to go up or Down more than Three Sizes?

Often this is just not possible, depending on the setting of the ring. But if it is, it will depend on the material, as above.

Goldsmith looking at a ring through a jeweller's loupe

What About Ring Clips?

We do get asked about whether a ring clip would work. Ring clips are little pieces of gold or silver which fit inside a ring to make it a tighter fit.

They are a great way of being able to safely wear a ring for a special occasion, but will only last a few weeks, and so are not a long-term solution.


Sizing Beads

Sizing beads are small metal balls permanently added to the inside of the ring. They can be a consideration in some circumstances, but aren’t always easy to add and may not last the lifetime of the ring.


In Conclusion

The best advice if you have a ring that needs resizing is to talk to a jeweller to explore your options and get an idea of cost before you make any decisions.

At Burrells we have workshops in our Kingston and Staines stores, but you can come and discuss your needs at any of our four locations.

All our stores have qualified staff who can advise you on the best solution and price for your resizing, and if your jewellery needs to travel to another store it will be taken by a member of our team - we don’t use the post or couriers.

I’ve been lucky enough to sell jewellery since I was a teenager and have been part of so many significant moments in people’s lives.

If you have any more questions about sizing your ring, or jewellery in general, please do email me - edward@burrells.co.uk


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