The moment of joint purchase of a ring in a jewelry boutique or in an online store is one of the most important and most exciting in the life of every couple.
It often happens that preparations for an engagement, wedding or other important date are carried out in a rush situation when there is no time or opportunity to accurately measure the size of a finger. It happens that it is swollen after trying on and buying jewelry. This is a natural behavior of the body due to changes in temperature, blood pressure, swelling due to work with chemicals, weight gain in both women and men.
You will learn how and by how many sizes the ring can be enlarged, whether it is possible to do it yourself, by reading this article to the end.
Can a silver ring be enlarged?
Jewelry is designed to please the owners with its beauty and radiance. When a favorite ring becomes tight, it is very frustrating, especially if it has been worn on the ring finger for many years without taking it off.
Then it is necessary to correct the size of the product not only for aesthetics, but also for your own comfort when wearing it. Agree, it looks ugly if the rim of the ring strongly squeezes the finger, and even painfully digs into the skin to the point of redness.
The easiest method of how to quickly and independently increase the size of the ring at home is rolling it out using a gas burner or soldering iron.
The decoration is heated over the flame and slowly (!) rolled out, changing its size. If you do this right away, the bezel will become too large. The whole procedure at home takes no more than half an hour. If during rolling the rim is deformed, it is compared using a hammer with a rubber pad.
How to stretch a ring at home
It is necessary to glow the ring with a burner or soldering iron.
Allow the product to cool completely.
Gently roll out with a hard object.
Smooth with a hammer (only with a rubber pad, otherwise the decoration may be damaged).
Polish with a microfiber cloth.
How much can you increase the size of the ring?
The thicker the bezel, the more it can be enlarged. Thin models also roll out, but quickly deform and even break.
Like all non-professional procedures, any method of rolling a gold or silver ring at home is a big risk.
Even if you have a similar gas burner or soldering iron, a hammer with a rubber lining, but in the absence of relevant experience and skills, it is better not to risk it, but to entrust your jewelry to a professional craftsman.
While you yourself will stretch the heated ring at home, you can severely damage it.
If you change the diameter of a thin openwork rim, it may burst. Then the product can no longer be restored. Another important point is that after adjustment, the decoration will definitely need to be properly sanded and polished using special devices and tools.
Can a diamond ring be enlarged?
The easiest way to change the size of a wide and smooth ring. This is an inexpensive and quick procedure, after which the jewel will shine like new. In the case of complex structures, this is possible, but then the work will cost more.
Only a specialist with extensive experience should increase the size of a gold ring with a diamond insert. He will not always take up such work, because when heated, under pressure, the stone can fall out and deteriorate. Or the stone must be removed and then inserted, which is also associated with the risk of damage.
There are several categories of rings, the size of which should never be changed:
with enamel patterns, because there is a risk of severely damaging the enamel and not every jewelry workshop has materials for its restoration;
cheap costume jewelry from unknown alloys. As a result of heat treatment, the color of the surface of the decoration may change (darken or turn green), and the material may crumble;
with a matte finish. Before stretching a matte coated silver ring, you need to think carefully, because after resizing it will look different;
with engraving. If a decrease in size has almost no effect on the inscription or it undergoes minimal correction, then when increased by , it is completely deformed;
with a spring or a scattering of small precious stones (pavé setting) — they will be melted together with the metal;
transformers will lose their original shape;
with a complex author’s design — openwork model or with diamond notches — the metal will stretch and bend;
platinum models are difficult to heat and hand work. After it, unaesthetic traces of black soldering remain on the surface of platinum jewelry, which are almost impossible to remove. A special laser is used for cutting, but not all jewelry workshops have it.
How to enlarge a gold ring in a jewelry workshop
Modern jewelers increase rings in several ways:
insertion method — soldering a small piece of gold or silver of similar quality;
using the Wrigley machine;
by mechanical stretching.
Many masters consider the mechanical method (manually) of stretching the ring using a platform and a working cone to be more effective and safer. This process is not fast, but it is accurate and safe for the jewelry.
Before processing on the Wrigley machine, the jeweler burns the ring with a burner flame. When it cools down, he puts it on the stretch roller, which is called the “bolt”. Then another roller is installed on top, the shape corresponding to the profile of the product. Further, the master, rotating the handle of the crossbar, moves the guide axle and the clamping handle. With his free hand, he presses the roller to the ring, achieving its full planting on the crossbar. When the ring becomes the right size, the master washes it, equalizes at the end, grinds and polishes.
Enlarging a ring by inserting a precious metal is a more complex and painstaking job. This is the best solution for jewelry with carved ornaments. The product is cut. Small pieces of metal of the same sample are superimposed on the joint, and then fastened under the flame of the burner. After that, the jewelry is bleached, dried and adjusted so that after the insertion of the material, no protrusions and depressions remain on the seams.
In any case, before stretching a silver or gold ring, you should carefully measure the size of your finger. To do this, jewelry workshops have both templates and special devices, such as a finger gauge. He accurately determines the size of the finger, and the master determines whether it is possible to stretch a gold ring or a silver one. For delicate decoration, the best method of resizing is mechanical stretching.
In a thick and wide bezel that is difficult to stretch, it makes sense to simply insert a piece of metal.
Stretching a smooth ring takes up to 20–30 minutes, jewelry with a pattern or with a precious stone — up to 1 hour. After all, the master first removes the stone from the mount. After carrying out certain procedures with the metal to change the size, he inserts the stone back and securely fixes it on the surface of the product. The price of such a correction is higher. The final amount depends on how many sizes it is necessary and possible to increase the ring. The cheapest thing is stretching half a size. The maximum possible increase is 1–1.5 sizes.
The procedure for reducing the product takes much longer. Indeed, with an increase in size, the ring is processed from the inside, and with its decrease, the jeweler has to polish the outer surface.
Now you know how to enlarge a silver ring at home, as well as how professional jewelers adjust the size of gold or silver jewelry. Whether it is worth doing this at home or entrusting the correction of the size of the jewelry to a professional is up to you.
If your ring design is beyond repair, don’t be discouraged. The catalog of the Silvers online store presents a large assortment of jewelry, from which it is easy to find a new favorite or a suitable option for a gift. Including we have the opportunity to purchase a ring at an affordable price
Each product card contains the exact dimensions:
inner diameter of the rim;
Take your time — take accurate measurements of the finger itself and / or other jewelry. Then you will accurately determine the size of the product — and the purchase on the Internet will be successful even without prior fitting!