The moment of joint purchase of a ring in a jewelry boutique or in an online store is one of the most important and exciting moments in the life of every couple.
It often happens that preparation for an engagement, wedding or other important date is carried out in a hectic situation, when there is no time or opportunity to accurately measure the size of the finger. It happens that it swells already after trying on and buying jewelry. This is a natural behavior of the body due to changes in temperature, blood pressure, swelling due to working with chemicals, weight gain in both women and men.
You will learn about how and by how many sizes you can increase the ring, whether it is possible to do it yourself, after reading this article to the end.
Can a silver ring be enlarged?
Jewelry is designed to delight its owners with its beauty and brilliance. 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, because it looks ugly if the rim of the ring squeezes the finger hard, and also painfully sinks into the skin until redness.
The simplest method of how to quickly and independently increase the size of the ring of the house is rolling using a gas burner or soldering iron.
The ornament is heated over a flame and slowly (!) Expanded, changing its size. If you do it right away, the rim will be too big. The whole procedure at home takes no more than half an hour. If the rim is deformed during rolling, it is compared using a hammer with a rubber pad.
How to stretch a ring at home
It is necessary to sharpen the ring using a torch or soldering iron.
Allow the product to cool completely.
Gently roll with a hard object.
Flatten with a hammer (only with a rubber pad, otherwise you can damage the decoration).
Polish with a microfiber cloth.
How much can you increase the ring size?
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 in the presence of a similar gas burner or soldering iron, a hammer with a rubber pad, but in the absence of appropriate experience and skills, it is better not to take risks and entrust your jewelry to a professional craftsman.
While you yourself stretch the heated ring of the house, you can seriously damage it.
If you change the diameter of a thin openwork rim, it may burst. Then it will not be possible to restore the product. Another important point — after adjusting the jewelry, it will definitely be necessary to properly grind and polish it with the help of special devices and tools.
Can a diamond ring be enlarged?
It is easiest to change the size of a wide and smooth ring. This is an inexpensive and quick procedure, after which the jewel shines like new. In the case of complex structures, it 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 undertake such work, because when heated, under pressure, the stone may fall out and deteriorate. Or the stone needs to be removed, and then inserted, which is also associated with the risk of damage.
There are several categories of rings, the size of which cannot be changed in any case:
with enamel patterns, because there is a risk of severely damaging the enamel and not every jewelry workshop has materials for its restoration;
cheap 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 silver ring with a matte coating, you need to think carefully, because after changing the size, it will look different;
with engraving. If the size reduction has almost no effect on the inscription or it can be minimally corrected, then it is completely deformed when the size is increased;
with a spring or scattering of small precious stones (“pave” fastener) — they will melt together with the metal;
transformers will lose their original shape;
with a complex author’s design — an openwork model or with diamond notches — the metal will stretch and bend;
platinum models are difficult to thermally and manually process. After it, unaesthetic traces of black adhesion remain on the surface of platinum jewelry, which are practically 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 enlarge rings in several ways:
by the insertion method — soldering a small piece of gold or silver of similar quality;
using a Wrigley machine;
by mechanical stretching.
Many specialists consider the mechanical method (manual) 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 finishing on the Wrigley machine, the jeweler burns the ring with a torch flame. When it cools down, it is put on a stretching roller, which is called a “bolt”. Then another roller is installed on top, the shape of which corresponds to the profile of the product. Next, the master, turning the handle of the bolt, moves the guide axis and the clamping handle. With his free hand, he presses the roller against the ring, ensuring that it is fully seated on the bolt. When the ring becomes the right size, the master washes it, aligns the end, grinds and polishes it.
Enlarging the ring by inserting a precious metal is more difficult and painstaking work. This is the optimal solution for jewelry with carved ornaments. The product is cut. Small pieces of metal of the same sample are placed 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 there are no protrusions and depressions on the seams.
In any case, before stretching a ring made of silver or gold, you should carefully measure the size of your finger. For this, jewelry workshops have both templates and special devices, such as a thimble. He accurately determines the size of the finger, and the master — whether it is possible to stretch a gold ring or a silver one. For thin jewelry, the best method of resizing is mechanical stretching.
It makes sense to simply insert a piece of metal into a thick and wide bezel that is difficult to stretch.
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 pulls the stone out of 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 price is to stretch by half the size. The maximum possible increase is 1–1.5 sizes.
The product reduction procedure takes much longer. After all, when the size increases, the ring is processed from the inside, and when it decreases, the jeweler has to polish the outer surface.
Now you know how to enlarge a silver ring at home, as well as how to adjust the size of gold or silver jewelry by professional jewelers. Whether you should do this at home or entrust the correction of the size of the jewelry to a professional is up to you.
If your ring model cannot be corrected, don’t worry. 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. We also have the opportunity to purchase a ring at an affordable price
The exact dimensions are indicated in each product card:
inner diameter of the rim;
Take your time — make 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 a preliminary fitting!