The cost of resizing a ring varies greatly on the multiple factors (explained below).
Resizing a ring that is made of a malleable material, and only changing 1 or 2 sizes up or down, is usually between $20 to $60. A more complicated resize with a tougher metal could be from $75 to $200. A resize that requires resetting of a diamond or other gemstone can range from $100 to $5,000.
Your location can also influence the cost. For example, if you are within a city with many different jewelers compared to just one.
Factors that Influence Ring Resizing Cost
There are many different factors that determine the cost of resizing your ring, so it can be difficult to predict exact costs before getting the real estimate from your jeweler of choice.
However, knowing a ballpark figure range can prevent you from overspending. Most of the time, resizing a ring is inexpensive and a quick fix.
Generally, the more materials, labor, or time needed determines a higher cost versus a lower one.
Sizing up a ring is usually more expensive due to the extra metal needed. Different types of metals can be more finicky compared to others. If you have a very blingy ring with lots of different diamonds, this will cost more due to the labor needed to reset them after the resize is done.
Also, note that you may only be able to resize your ring 1 or 2 sizes up or down. Extreme changes are usually not possible due to the lack of material or design of the ring.
If your ring does end up being a bit pricey to resize, remember that it is better to spend money resizing it than the entire ring slipping off your finger! If this ring is important to you, it is worth it to have a perfectly fitting, beautiful piece of jewelry that you can wear for a long time.
Resizing Different Types of Rings
The material that your ring is made from can greatly influence the cost. Some materials are more difficult to work with which would result in a higher cost for you. Also, the more gemstones or the way that they are set makes a big difference as the person who is resizing the ring will also need to reset the stones correctly.
Cheapest Types of Rings to Resize:
Yellow gold, sterling silver, and white gold are all easy to manipulate and are inexpensive metals. They are malleable. However, white gold does require a coat of rhodium after reshaping to give it a beautiful sheen. This could result in a slighter higher cost compared to the others. These types of rings will be very inexpensive to resize.
More Expensive, Difficult, or Impossible:
- Rose Gold
Rose Gold begins to be a bit more complicated due to the fact that it can crack during resizing. This results in a bit more expertise needed.
Platinum and Titanium are harder metals that require special tools and a jeweler skilled in these types of materials. You may need to search a little harder to find a business that will work with your platinum or titanium ring.
Lastly, tungsten is extremely hard and completely unable to be resized. Nobody will resize a tungsten ring.
Resizing Gemstone Rings:
If your ring has a diamond or multiple diamonds, the cost to resize and then reset these stones can become expensive very quickly.
An important thing to note is that if your entire band is covered by gemstones, you may not be able to get your ring resized. Jewelers need enough metal to work with and ring with lots of gemstones may not provide this.
Tension rings are also generally a no-go due to the precision that is used to hold the stone in place when the ring is created. Resizing would disrupt this.
Some gemstones are heat sensitive so these will cost more due to needing to be removed and reset.
Where to Get a Ring Resized
The total price of your ring resizing at any of these locations depends on all the factors described above.
Walmart is an inexpensive location to resize your ring. However, please note that only rings purchased at Walmart can be resized at a Walmart. The first time you resize a ring at Walmart, it is free. The second time, it should be around $20. It can take up to 3 weeks to resize.
To resize your ring at Zales, it could cost between $50-$86. Zales will also resize rings purchased from other locations. The time frame is less than two weeks. All Zales locations will do ring resizing.
JCPenney will resize rings purchased from other locations. The timeframe is listed as seven to ten business days. All JCPenney locations will do ring resizing.
At Kohl’s, ring resizing can take a while. Their timeframe is six to eight weeks. Kohl’s will only resize gold rings up or down 1 size worth $100 or more and they need to have been bought at Kohl’s. All Kohl’s locations resize rings.
Kay Jewelers will resize rings purchased elsewhere. Also, every Kay location does ring resizing. The timeframe is less than two weeks.
At Macy’s, they will only size rings bought from a Macy’s. However, every Macy’s location does ring resizing. The timeframe is similar to the others, it usually takes two weeks.
Jared is the fastest out of all of these as they can resize within the same day or hour. However, it can take up to two days. Every Jared does ring resizing and Jared will resize rings purchased elsewhere.