Ring size reduction

Ring size reduction

Ring size reduction. What should you know?

When and why is ring size reduction performed? There can be many reasons, such as:

  • Incorrectly selected ring size during purchase or production. It is especially common when buying an engagement ring. To keep the secret, men do not choose the ring size exactly. Most people's fingers change their size depending on air temperature, humidity, and changes in the body. Some can change the volume by as little as a quarter size, while others can even change the volume by a full size. Women are less likely to make a mistake when choosing a size, because most of them wear rings in their everyday life and know their fingers. Men are a different story. It is not uncommon for people who come to choose wedding rings to admit that they have never worn a ring until now. It is understandable that in this case, the man probably did not pay attention to his fingers and how they change.
  • The size of the finger has changed. We often see clients whose fingers have thinned over time due to weight changes or other reasons.
  • To wear the ring on another, thinner finger. Sometimes a person may decide to start wearing a ring on a different finger than before. Even the same ring fingers on both hands can be completely different sizes.

  Methods. How is ring reduction performed?

There are two main methods of ring reduction:

  • Ring compression. This method is the simplest, quick and easy to perform, but there is one more nuance. In most cases, the ring can be clicked no more than half the size. Also, the thickness of the ring and its design have an influence. Rings that have a lot of embellishment or encrusted stones require other, more complicated reduction methods, even if the reduction is very minimal to half a size.
  • Reducing the size of the ring by cutting a piece of metal. This method is used to reduce the size of the ring by a little more than half the size. The ring is cut, the desired amount of metal is removed, then rejoined and polished.

As we mentioned, rings decorated with intricate designs or precious stones are more difficult to cut. We recommend consulting with a jeweler, as each case is unique. For example, the much-loved rings - rows in which precious stones are placed around the entire perimeter of the ring are one of the most difficult reduction jobs. Stones must be removed, then re-encrusted. To maintain the symmetry and proportions of the ring, an appropriate amount of gems must be removed or the existing ones moved and repositioned. Of course, this reduction in ring size will be a bit more expensive and will take longer than simple compression or cutting.

Ring reduction is a very common repair work, so the jeweler will be happy to share with you his experience and knowledge gained from performing similar work. How long can ring size reduction take? Depends on the complexity of the work. The click will always be the fastest. Some ring reduction works can be extremely complex, where the shape, precious stones are completely rearranged, sometimes the ring needs to be re-examined, certified, so this process additionally extends the duration of the repair.

Let's remember what types of rings there are and how they are reduced

  • Traditional shaped rings. usually ranging from 2mm to 6mm wide. It can be simply a band of gold going around the finger, or a band with one center stone or a combination of stones. Comfortable, eye-catching jewelry perfect for everyday wear. White, pink or yellow gold. The finish of the ring can be usual - shiny or, if you want a slightly more interesting option, various textures are possible (matte, rough, etc.). This type of ring reduction is the simplest and takes the least time. A quick squeeze is enough to reduce the classic ring by half the size.
  • Rings - lines. These are rings in which stones are inlaid in a row. The number, type and size of the stones can vary, some want the stones to occupy only part of the ring, others want the stones to go around the entire finger. These rings are currently extremely popular among women. Especially, decorated with sparkling diamonds. This type of ring looks great when worn next to an engagement ring on the same finger. The stones can be varied, but the most common choices are gemstones such as sapphires, emeralds, rubies, and of course, diamonds. Reducing the size of this type of ring may take a little longer. If the row is incomplete, that is, the stones are not placed along the entire length of the ring, it may be possible to reduce without exaggerating the stones. However, if the stones go along the entire length, they need to be removed, and the design of the ring itself must be changed. Each ring requires an individual assessment by the jeweler.
  • Artistic (artistic). These are rings that do not fit into the classic frames. Various shapes, textures and gold colors, often printed with various patterns, decorated with stones. Reducing the size of this type of ring can be both simple and complex. Depends on the design and placement of the stones.


If you are interested in reducing the ring size, we invite you to a professional consultation with RG Juvelyrika, we will provide you with all the information about the duration and prices of the repair work. We will help you measure the circumference of your finger and recommend the ring size that suits you best. You can find us at Šeškinė st. 32, Vilnius or contact e-mail by post info@rgjuvelyrika.lt and by phone +37064705546 section Contacts.