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Ring Resizing And What You Need To Know

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I’m Niki, the founder and designer of Enji Studio Jewelry. We’re a sustainable luxury jewelry brand based in beautiful north county San Diego.

at Enji we’re on a mission to bring you meaningful, modern, ethical design that shows off your style, honors the journey of your life, and reflects your values. We craft each piece for you in our Carlsbad studio bringing new life to recycled gold and silver and using only FairTrade and ethically sourced diamonds and gemstones.

Enji was founded in 2014. We take steps toward positive change in our industry by practicing ethical sourcing and manufacturing and giving back to the local and global community. We create our pieces for everyday wear.

Enji is about modern, minimal design that is made ethically and sustainably and gives back to the community. As creators and consumers, our choices now have a global impact. This is why we consider how things are made to be important and this to be part of our responsibility as a business and global citizen. As a designer and jeweler, I only work with suppliers that share this view. This is why we make all of my pieces using only recycled gold and silver, ethically sourced and fairtrade stones, chains and findings that are made in the USA and Italy, and packaging and marketing materials made using recycled paper and clothing.

Niki is a GIA Graduate Jeweler. She was awarded the 2016 Halstead Grant Award and 2014 Windgate Fellowship Award by the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design. She has exhibited in galleries throughout the United States and Europe and her work can be seen in the pages of Glamour UK, Basic, Evening Standard, National Jeweler, and more. To see her one of a kind art pieces and CV check out nikigrandics.com

Enji is about modern, minimal design that is made ethically and sustainably and gives back to the community. As a designer and jeweler, I only work with suppliers that share this view. We make all of my pieces using only recycled gold and silver, ethically sourced and fair mined stones, chains and findings that are made in the USA and Italy, and packaging and marketing materials made using recycled paper.

As a member of Ethical Metalsmiths, we hope to be among the first movers bringing transparency and sustainable practices into the luxury fashion jewelry world. Ethical Metalsmiths and Fairmined gold and gems.  All our pieces are made in our studio in San Diego and we use low-impact, environmentally conscious studio practices to lessen our footprint. 

We take steps toward positive change in our industry by practicing ethical sourcing and manufacturing, because it’s important. To us, to you, to the women and men who mined the stones we use to create our pieces. We also donate a portion of each sale to organizations that help empower women locally and globally and work to end domestic violence and human trafficking because that’s part of the future we want to see.

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Ring Resizing And What You Need To Know

Niki Grandics

Resizing a ring can seem like a daunting task especially if you have never done it before or have a ring that holds special value to you. There are few things you should know before you even start looking for a professional jeweler. The primarily questions that you need to ask yourself are…

"Does the ring actually need to be resized?”

Because ring resizing is usually a one time deal it is possible that you can get away with not resizing it at all. If you have never worn a ring for extended period before, it may be difficult judging how tight it should feel. The ring should go on easily and give a bit of resistance when taken off. The tightness you feel should be enough to feel odd but dissipate over a few days as your finger adjust. If after a week you feel it is still too tight or loss, then you should consider resizing.

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(correctly fitted rings - tight but not too tight of a fit

"Does my ring consist of intricate patterns or precious stones?”

If the answer is yes, then your ring is not a candidate for being resized. Intricate patterns that extend all the way around the ring cannot be resized in anyway. The same goes with stones. If there are gemstones around the ring or set in the metal resizing might loosen or damage the stones. It is important you take a ring to a professional you can trust to ensure that your stones do not get damaged in the process.

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(intricate ring that cannot be resized without damage)

“What material is my ring made from?”

Not all metals can be resized due to their composition and difficulty to work with. Titanium, tungsten, and stainless steel are some examples of metals that cannot be resized. It is understood that wood, bone, glass, or stone rings also cannot be resized and should not be attempted.

If you answer all these questions and still think it is a good idea to resize your rings, then you can ask yourself whether you need to make your ring smaller or larger. Below are a few guidelines to doing so.

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(rings made from wood and jade, that cannot be resized)

Making your ring smaller

  • This method of resizing is the simplest one and easy for a professional jeweler to do.
  • Part of the ring is usually taken out, soldered shut and the ring made circular again.
  • The ring should then be smoothed out and refinished to match the original finish
  • There should be no visible marks of where the soldering occurred and should be smooth to the touch.

  • Personal hint: If you cannot resize your ring or don’t want to risk it, there are products on amazon which you can buy to help close the gap between your ring and finger for a more comfortable fit.

Making your ring larger

  • There are two methods on how to make a ring larger. Stretching and a similar method to the one above.
  • Stretching should only be used if the ring needs to be less than half a size. Anything more and the ring will require the other method
  • The other method is to cut the ring, add metal and solder shut.
  • Both methods will require reshaping and should also be smoothed out and polished.

The most important thing to look for and discuss with your jeweler is stone settings. Make sure that any ring you resize will not compromise the stone settings. Second most important is the ring’s designs. Stretching of rings might distort any details or designs on the ring. Enji encourages you to talk to different jewelers and get a second opinion before trusting your beloved rings to someone.

 

Sources:

http://beyond4cs.com/engagement-ring/getting-a-ring-resized/