WHICH ENGAGEMENT AND WEDDING RINGS SHOULD YOU NOT SIZE?
It is a commonly accepted practice that when you find a setting or a wedding ring you want to purchase, the jeweler measure your finger and make the ring bigger or smaller.
Rings without any stones should not present a great challenge. But even with these rings you have to make sure that in the process of sizing,
The shape of the ring isn't changed
The thickness on the bottom doesn't get thinned out
That a seem line doesn't develop out of using 10K solder, or working with dirty solder, or lead instead of gold
Discuss what is going to be done with your jeweler first. Make him aware of the problems that could arise - and that you are on the look-out for them.
When it comes to settings and wedding ring with diamonds the problems become much bigger. Ideally you want to request a new setting or ring - one that is made to your finger size BEFORE the diamond are set.
The biggest problem with making rings bigger or smaller is changing the amount of space available for the stones, which results in the stones loosening and shifting around. This can eventually lead to diamonds falling out of the setting or ring.
The worse problems develop with baguettes and princess cut stones. With these two shapes you should insist that the jeweler order a new ring in your finger size. It is the best way to avoid all possible problems.
Again, discussing these possible problems before the purchase will make you more in control and signal to the jeweler to check and double check the stones if he insists on sizing the ring.
Always insist that the bottom of the ring be kept as wide and thick as you see it before sizing - making jewelers be more careful about what they are doing is one thing you can do to protect yourself from headaches and extra expenses down the line.
Platinum is the most difficult metal to work with. It requires intense heat, which most jewelers are not equipped to work with. Their solution is to often size your ring with 14Kwhite gold solder - much easier to work with. Problem - it will create a seem line on the bottom of your ring and eventually weaken the ring.
Platinum should be sized by using laser technology, only platinum solder and preferably done before the diamonds are set.
Any question you may have feel free to contact me at - Stefan@elsarings.com