What You Need to Know About Resizing Engagement Rings

July 27, 2019 / Engagement Rings, Jewellery Buying Guide

8 Tips to find out her ring size!

One of the biggest challenges when organising a surprise engagement ring, besides choosing the right ring, is guessing the correct finger size. Over the decades, we have heard of some helpful and amusing ways to try to get the right size. We have a couple of tips to assist you so you don’t have to try and slip a piece of string around your partner’s finger while they sleep!

If your partner’s friends are in on the surprise, you might like to ask them to take your partner “shopping” and try on some rings for “fun”.

Or, if possible, secretly borrow one of your partner’s rings and get it measured. If you’re worried they will notice it’s missing, you can also lay the ring down next to a coin, take a photo and we will take care of the rest. It is essential to notice which finger they wear it on, which hand and finger, every finger is slightly different!

We always try our hardest to help you get the right size but without taking their size in store, it is only a guess and will probably need resizing.To help take the stress out of it, we offer a complimentary resize within four weeks of collection for all our custom made engagement rings!

Why should you guess the finger size as close as possible?

It is always best to guess the finger size as closely as possible and that’s why these tips are so useful. Why is it important to try and guess the finger size as accurately as you can? If an engagement ring needs to be resized it is relatively straightforward to resize slightly up or down without any issues. However, if a ring requires significant resizing it can potentially affect the integrity of the design and loosen stones. The ring may need to be kept slightly oval or egg-shaped to achieve the correct size. This isn’t major as our fingers aren’t perfectly round but we need to keep this in mind if a wedding ring is to sit next to it the shape may be slightly different.

Are there any designs that can be tricky to resize?

There are also certain designs that can be more complex to resize. These include rings that have gemstones that are set all the way around or that have a detailed hand-engraved pattern that also goes all the way around the band. To avoid running into any issues with these styles, one solution we recommend is to leave a small blank section at the bottom of your ring to allow for any potential resizing in the future. 

What to consider when sizing your finger?

It’s important to remember that everybody’s hands can react differently to the environment. This is worth keeping mind when having your finger sized or trying on your ring for the first time. Often our hands will be at their largest first thing in the morning and they can also change through the seasons on hotter days and cooler days. If your ring feels a little tight when you first try it on, we suggest wearing it for a few days to get used it and see how it feels (providing it isn’t cutting off your circulation of course!). It can take a little time to get used to wearing a new ring.

What if my knuckle is bigger than the rest of my finger?

Sometimes the ring is slightly loose once the ring is over the knuckle and the ring spins a little too easily. There are a couple of things that can be done to help reduce this. If this is a known issue in the design phase the shape of the band can be designed to add contact points. Adding “pillows” inside the band or, if possible, squaring the ring adds a little pressure which helps to keep the ring fitting firmer on the finger.

At times you may notice the ring may spin a little, even with the perfect fit. This is because engagements rings are usually top-heavy and gravity will tend to move them from side to side. Something to keep in mind is once a wedding ring is added beside the engagement ring, the engagement ring will sit in a slightly thicker part of the finger making it feel firmer and making it less prone to spinning.

Having your jewellery resized is a common practice and jewellers have many tricks to make sure your ring is the right fit! Due to the likelihood that your engagement ring may need to be resized, it is a good idea to check with your jeweller if they offer this service free of charge. At Larsen Jewellery we understand that it’s hard to guess the finger size perfectly, so we offer a free resize with all of our engagement rings within the first month of purchase.



  1. Phillip Maynard says:

    I need my grandmother’s and my fathers gold wedding rings resized for me and my fiancee.?General costs please and time required to do this work

  2. Timothy Lee says:

    Hi there!

    I have a ring made overseas which needs resizing; it’s either white gold or platinum but I can’t remember which. Do you have a quote for this service that you provide and approximately how long it would take?

    • Kate Reid says:

      Hi Timothy,
      I would recommend first reaching out to the original jeweller overseas. Many have partnered with jewellers here in Australia who can then resize your ring without voiding your guarantee.

  3. Daniel says:

    I have a dress ring that I would like resized from a ring size v to a ring size s. It made of low quality silver not hallmark as its American. Is this a job you can do?

    • Kate Reid says:

      Hi Daniel,
      Thanks for your question. We only resize rings that we have made but I’m sure a repair jeweller who specialises in silver jewellery will be able to help you!

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