How to resize a ring

Whether you have lost weight or simply have a ring which is frustratingly loose on your finger, it is possible to resize your ring without destroying its appearance or sentimental value. There are several options to improve your ring's fit and they suit most budgets.

If your ring size is large due to the size of your knuckle, a simple ring guard in 14k gold can be installed easily by a jeweller or by yourself. Several sites sell these online and should set you back no more than $20.

This band is attached to the 'arms' of the ring and allows your knuckle the space to pass through while fitting snug on your finger. Having this in place is essential for heavy-stoned rings as it will stop your stones from swinging round to your palm.

Sizing beads can be created and attached to your ring by a jeweller. These small, round beads are produced in the same metal as your ring and are soldered into the lower third of the ring. These prevent a ring turning on the finger. This is a slightly dearer option - verging on $100.

Another option is have a white gold butterfly soldered into the bottom of your ring. Having this U-shaped piece fitted will require your ring to be sized larger if the knuckle is a problem area for you.

When you wear a ring with this fitting, the sides spring outward as it is put on and spring back when it reaches your wearing position.

Ring shanks, of the open and closed varieties, are much more permanent and expensive options. Half of the ring's shank is removed and replaced by a new shank which opens and closes to fit the finger.

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