My Wedding Ring Is A Little Loose – What To Do

By Julie •  Updated: 11/01/21 •  3 min read

Have you ever noticed that your wedding ring is a bit loose? It seems like the last time you got it resized, someone had just a little too much fun with the sizing. Or maybe your band was stretched out by wearing it in water. Whatever the reason, it’s time to get your ring resized.

Rings are a very personal thing. You can’t just go to any jeweler and expect them to resize your ring. In fact, they may actually try and talk you out of it if they think that you are trying to make a quick buck off the poor jeweler.

If you are not sure what to do, please read this article carefully. Be sure to understand the reasons why jewelers or repair shops won’t resize your ring. Then be aware of the different methods that can be used to resize your ring and be sure to choose the best method for your situation.

Which ring should you get sized?

If your ring is loose, it’s a good idea to choose a ring that was made for someone with similar finger size and weight. This is the best way to avoid sizing problems in the future. Your jeweler will probably want to see a few pictures of your current ring. Bring in your old one as well if it is available.

Do It Right the First Time

There are two ways to resize a band. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. The first is called milling (also called “milling”) and it’s the traditional way that professional jewelers use. The other way is called “sizing” (also called “pinching”).


To mill a ring, you start with a freshly cleaned and oiled surface. A jeweler’s saw is used to make a shallow cut on the inside of the ring, which will remove a little bit of metal from the inside edge. Then, after you remove all of the metal that was removed, the ring is resized.


This is done by using a simple machine called a “pinching” machine. Basically, the ring is placed into two or three small metal cups and then these cups are pulled together, causing the metal in the ring to be compressed. This compresses the edges of the ring to a size that will fit your finger.

It is important to note that you should NOT wear your ring between sizes. This will cause damage over time and the metal could crack, or even break off completely.

If you’re not sure whether or not your ring can be resized, ask your local jeweler. It is also a good idea to get an estimate from a professional before beginning this project yourself.

Once you have decided on the process, you can either have the ring resized at a jeweler or you can do it yourself.

It’s important to know what you’re doing when it comes to resizing a band. The best way is to take it to the jeweler and have them do the job for you. It will cost more, but your ring will be reshaped to fit better and last longer.

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Julie is an editor and writer who loves to write about getting engaged and wedding preparations. She’s also a wedding photographer on the side. Julie received her degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. Julie lives in Texas with her husband and their three kids. As a couple they enjoy spending time on Texas’ South Padre Island beaches, and they also love to hike in the Texas Hill Country. As well as being parents to kids, Julie and her husband are also pet parents to two dogs, three cats, and a 50 gallon tank of beautiful tropical fish.