“Can I Resize My Engagement Ring?” 

Whether you’re newly engaged and your ring doesn’t fit quite right, or you’ve had a life change that has caused your ring to become too large or too small, there are many reasons people need to resize their engagement rings. Ensuring a proper fit isn’t just for aesthetics or comfort; a ring that fits correctly will also be less likely to become lost.

If you are wondering, “can I resize my engagement ring?” more than likely, the answer is yes.

An engagement ring is one of the most significant purchases you’ll ever make. You will always remember the feeling of sliding the ring onto your partner’s finger for the very first time— but in the case that the engagement ring feels a little bit too loose, or a little too tight, it will likely need to be resized before it will fit your partner’s hand properly.

First Thing First—Get the Size Right

Figuring out your partner’s ring size to begin with is the first step. While the ring can be resized, it will save time away from the ring and allow your fiancé to wear her ring right away if you can figure our her ring size ahead of time.

  • Employ Some Sneaking: One of the easiest and most accurate ways to find the answer out is to measure any rings the other person already wears on their ring finger. Some people enjoy jewelry and have several rings that they wear daily or when dressing up. For those who are lucky enough to have a partner who regularly wears rings, obtaining this information can be as simple as being a little sneaky. Pay special attention to which ring fits their ring finger, and where they store it when not wearing it. The next time they leave the house without it, simply take the ring to a jeweler and have it sized. The ring can often be replaced without the other person ever finding out and your special surprise can go off without a hitch.
  • Get Help From Friends: If your significant other doesn’t wear a lot of jewelry, finding out the ring size might require some outside help. Depending on how much they socialize much with others, it may be possible that their best friend either knows their ring size, or can help you find out. If they don’t already know it, they can bring it up casually in conversation and report back what they find. While not as assuredly reliable as sizing an owned ring, it can still help partners pull of a romantic surprise proposal.
  • When All Else Fails: If they do not wear a lot of jewelry and have no friends who can assist, a third option for finding a ring size relies on having a heavy sleeping partner and a delicate sense of touch. Using a small piece of paper or string – about 3 to 4 inches in length – a pen, and a ruler, it is possible to find out ring size using a simple measurement. While they are asleep, carefully slip the paper or string around their finger and make marks for measurements. Using just about any ring sizing chart at a jewelers shop or site, it is possible to find the exact ring size.

How Should an Engagement Ring Properly Fit?

An engagement ring should be able to slide on fairly easily, but resist enough when sliding off that there’s no risk of it falling off without some effort. You should need some pressure to get over the knuckle on the way off. But if it gets stuck behind the knuckle and needs more than a second to be maneuvered off, it’s likely too tight and needs to be adjusted to a larger size. If it slides off without any pressure at all, that is a sure sign it needs to be adjusted to a smaller size.

Not sure if your engagement ring is a good fit or not? A skilled jeweler will be able to quickly let you know if your ring fits properly of it it needs to be resized by seeing how it fits on the finger. With an investment as special as an engagement ring, it’s worth the visit to the jewelry store to be sure!

Can Any Engagement Ring Be Resized?

Most engagement rings can be resized, although rings that have gemstones on the entire band (such as an eternity band) usually can’t be resized. Eternity bands don’t have enough exposed metal available for a jeweler to work with, so it is especially important to know your partner’s ring size before you buy a ring with gemstones that go all the way around the band.

It is important to know that there are limits on how much a ring can be adjusted. Typically, you can adjust a ring up to two sizes smaller or larger. Stretching beyond this introduces the risk of damaging the ring and affecting the diamond (or other gemstone) setting.

Lastly, it is important to note that some materials are too hard or brittle to resize safely. For example, rose gold is more sensitive to stress and can crack when being resized, while Tungsten and stainless steel rings are usually too hard to resize effectively.

Full In-House Repair Department

At J. Vincent Jewelers, we are proud to go beyond the sale. For your convenience, we have a full in-house repair department that is able to resize your engagement ring as well as repair, restore, or refurbish any piece of jewelry you have using the latest state of the art tools and technology. When you trust your jewelry to our skilled team, you will have the peace of mind that your item was worked on with the finest materials, craftsmanship, and care in the industry. Learn more about our extensive jewelry services here.

We invite you to shop our extensive collection of engagement rings in our Colts Neck, New Jersey, showroom, or view a selection online here.


“Joe and his team at J Vincent Jewelers are hands down the best around. They were without a doubt the best part of planning our engagement and wedding and have become a part of our family. Whether you’re looking for a stunning and unique diamond or expertly designed jewelry, Joe is THE source. The customer service is second to none and designing my engagement and wedding ring was nothing short of a perfect experience. I have sent my family and friends to Joe for all of their jewelry needs and will continue to do so. Simply the BEST.” — Karley K.