Can Engagement Rings Be Resized?

At Plateau Jewelers in Sammamish, WA, we understand that finding the perfect engagement ring goes beyond selecting a stunning piece—it’s about ensuring a perfect fit. Many of our clients have questions about resizing engagement rings, so we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to help you understand the process and considerations involved.

Understanding the Resizability of Engagement Rings

While resizing an engagement ring can often be a straightforward process, several crucial factors influence whether a ring can be resized successfully. Let's explore in more detail the aspects that affect the resizability of engagement rings, enhancing your understanding of what may or may not be possible for your special piece.

Material Considerations

  • Malleability of Metals: Gold, silver, and platinum are among the most malleable metals used in jewelry making, which allows them to be resized with relative ease. These metals can be cut and soldered, making it possible to increase or decrease the ring's size without significant risk to the ring's structural integrity.
  • Limitations of Hard Metals: Metals like tungsten, titanium, and some forms of stainless steel present more challenges. Due to their extreme hardness and brittleness, these metals cannot be easily soldered or bent. Resizing these materials typically involves complicated processes like machining with specialized equipment, and in some cases, resizing might not be possible at all.

Design and Detailing Impact

  • Simple Bands: A plain band without any stones or intricate designs can usually be resized up or down several sizes without much difficulty. The integrity of the metal remains intact, and the aesthetic of the ring is preserved after resizing.
  • Eternity Bands and Detailed Designs: Rings featuring diamonds or other gemstones set all the way around the band, known as full eternity bands, pose significant challenges for resizing. The continuous setting of stones often means there's no easy point to cut the band without disturbing the setting. Similarly, rings with detailed engraving or filigree work might lose some of their designs or require expert restoration post-resizing.
  • Impact on Stone Settings: Resizing a ring might also affect the settings of stones, particularly if the size adjustment is substantial. For rings with prongs or channel settings, resizing needs to be done carefully to ensure that all gemstones remain secure in their settings. Any loosening of stones during the resizing process can compromise the ring's beauty and the security of the stones.

Understanding the Resizing Process

Resizing a ring generally involves either cutting the band to make it larger or compressing it to make it smaller. Our jewelers carefully modify the band, then smooth and polish it to ensure the adjustment is not visible. For rings that need to be made larger, a small piece of metal matching the original may be added seamlessly.

Impact on Appearance and Durability

When done professionally, resizing should not noticeably alter the appearance or durability of your ring. At Plateau Jewelers, we take great care to maintain the integrity and aesthetics of every piece. However, frequent resizing or adjusting a ring by more than two sizes can potentially affect its structure, so it’s important to consider these factors before proceeding.

Limits on Resizing

Most rings can be safely resized up or down by two sizes. Attempting more significant changes can compromise the ring's structural integrity and aesthetic. For substantial size changes, we explore alternative solutions or recommend remaking the ring to ensure durability and comfort.

Cost of Resizing

The cost of resizing depends on the complexity of the job and the material of the ring. Simple resizing can be relatively inexpensive, while adjusting a ring with complex details or precious stones may cost more. We provide a detailed quote after assessing your ring.


Your engagement ring is a symbol of your special moment, and it should fit as perfectly as your relationship. At Plateau Jewelers, we’re committed to ensuring that your ring is comfortable and beautiful. Whether you need a minor adjustment or more extensive resizing, our team is here to help with expert advice and exceptional service. Visit us in Sammamish, WA, or contact us to schedule an appointment. Let us help you make sure your ring is a perfect fit for your special moment.