In some cases it may actually be safer to stretch or shrink a ring rather than cutting and soldering to change its size. Tools are available that will allow the jeweler to enlarge the ring size by tapping with a special hammer or literally stretching the metal on a special cylinder designed for the process. In most cases this process thins the metal so minutely that the difference in thickness is hardly noticeable, and its strength is not decreased. Some rings such as plain wedding bands can be shrunk by using special equipment to compress the metal. Generally, stretching or shrinking rings are processes reserved for small changes in size.
What do I do when I can no longer wear my ring, because it can’t pass over my knuckle?
There are many reasons why a ring might not pass over your knuckle as easily as it used to. Stress, medications, pregnancy, hormonal changes, arthritis, weight loss or gain, injury, etc. can all affect the size of your finger and the way your ring fits. Whatever the cause, a ring that has to be pushed over a reluctant knuckle or a ring that twists and turns does not fit correctly.
We often recommend solving the problem with Superfit CliQ. Superfit CliQ is a patented solution featuring an invisible hinged design that allows your ring to open and close easily. Superfit CliQ can be used for new rings, heirloom rings, and rings of every width. It can be sized up or down like any other ring and comes with a 5 year guarantee. Ask your jeweler to access what the best solution will be for your particular ring.
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