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Old 07-10-2012, 08:25 PM   #1
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Doh... I have to reduce the size of my rings! Need advice...

I haven't worn my wedding and engagement rings for a few months now (*gasp*) because they kept falling off my fingers. But I was in the midst of weight loss, so I didn't want to resize too soon if I'd just need to resize again.

Now I'm pretty steadily maintaining my weight and overall size, and I'm curious - should there be a cost to reducing ring sizes? I mean, don't they get to keep some of the gold? I am not a jewelry person, so I'm kinda clueless. I do have one slightly bent prong on the diamond of my engagement ring, so that could cost something else. I just don't know what to expect or what type of place to go to. I'm a fairly simple person and these rings are probably the most (monetarily) valuable items I own, so I kinda worry about doing the right thing with them.
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Old 07-11-2012, 05:19 AM   #2
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I'm not sure what it will cost, but I am sure they will charge. I haven't worn mine for months either, so I'm curious what others have done.

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Old 07-11-2012, 06:30 AM   #3
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You can ask for the piece that is cut out. We did that when we bought dh's....it was too big to start. I haven't been able to bring myself to have mine resized yet.
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Old 07-11-2012, 06:53 AM   #4
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from a decent jeweler they should give you the leftover and only charge a minimal fee for the work (maybe 20 bucks? I think it was 12 the last time I did it but that was a LONG time ago)
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Old 07-11-2012, 07:16 AM   #5
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I had mine sized UP a couple years ago (when I just resigned myself that I wasn't going to be able to lose weight), and had a couple of prongs fixed and the total was around $45.

It's loose now, but in the summer, it still works. It's really loose in the winter, but I'm leery of getting it resized and then being tight when it's hot.
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Old 07-11-2012, 07:37 AM   #6
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You might also want to check with the jeweler where the rings were bought. Mine will up or down size for free for as long as I own them. They might charge to fix the prong, but it's worth checking into! I need to get mine resized, too. I just don't want to leave them for the couple of days it will take. I had to leave them at home when I took the kiddos swimming because I was afraid I would lose them they are so loose! ....and I felt weird without them! In almost 14 years, the only time I haven't had them on was when I was VERY pregnant!

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Old 07-11-2012, 08:09 AM   #7
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I live in Florida, so I don't need to worry about changes in climate. (I miss winter though!)

The engagement ring was from Sears, but I can't place my fingers on any of the paperwork from that purchase. (Too many moves and reshifting of important papers! I know - so bad!) I don't know how/if they'd help. The wedding band was from Kay. Again... paperwork?

I've only been here for about a year, so I really don't have a good sense of where to go. I might just wait until we visit some relatives who are big into jewelry - or perhaps my step-mil could help me out with connections because she works in a Sears. That's a thought.

It is comforting to know I'm not the only one who hasn't been wearing her rings though! I remember paying to have them sized up when I was at my highest weight - I actually couldn't get them off my finger and it was a process at the store! So embarrassing... so glad I don't have to do that again!

Thanks for the thoughts everyone!
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Old 07-11-2012, 08:25 PM   #8
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It you go to Sears, they'd probably have to send it away to be resized. Look in the phone book for a local jeweler and give them a call - a real jeweler will be able to do the work on property, not mail it off somewhere. I've always been able to get my rings back the same day if I take them in early enough.

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Old 07-12-2012, 12:18 AM   #9
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I don't know about the ring sizing but just wanted to congratulate you on your weight maintance success!
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Old 07-12-2012, 12:04 PM   #10
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I've had them sized and it's usually under $50. I've gone to jewelry repair shops at the mall and they did a good job, but maybe try a local jeweler or the one you bought from? They should give you a good price and do a good job.
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Old 07-12-2012, 01:24 PM   #11
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Chiming in on the above-- funny thing for me, last year, I finally gave in and had mine sized UP and it was only about $50 (I went out of my way to go back to the jeweler who custom made them for me).

When I was losing weight prior to the wedding 8yrs ago, my finger got smaller than the original size, and he said that to size the ring, he had to remake it entirely-- used the current ring as a mold/model, and made the new smaller one from that.

on the way up, he just cut the band and added gold.

Of course, now I'll want it smaller again, so not sure what he's going to do-- but I look forward to it.

Anyway, regardless-- having the right sized ring, so you don't lose it AND can wear it and enjoy it, is worth the $, IMO.

congrats on maintaining your loss!! woo hoo!
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Old 07-12-2012, 02:54 PM   #12
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Another option to getting your rings resized is to use a ring you normally wear on a smaller finger under your too big ring. It acts as a safe guard to prevent the bigger ring from slipping off. Not under but put it on after you put the bigger ring on. I've done this and if the rings look good together it works out great!
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