Thank you for your question.
Yes, it can be done and jewelers are frequently asked to either size
up or down on rings. The only thing I suggest is stay away from any
jeweler who offers to do this "while you wait."
Experts: Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals
Subject: making a gold ring smaller
"Could you please advise on the different ways to make a ring smaller
and the comparative merits. We have been given different advice from
jewellers regarding the best way to make a plain 22ct wedding band
smaller (3/4 sizes) One says they will cut a piece out then rejoin and
sand. the other says they do not cut any gold out but reshape the
ring. We are not sure which would be the best approach."
"There are several ways to resize your ring, in most cases my workshop
would have cut a piece out and rejoined. As long as this is done
properly you will not see where it has taken place.
The other option you have been given, I am assuming that they propose
to compress the ring. This can be done due to 22ct gold being fairly
soft and malable, but unless done very carefully can lead to other
The third alternative is to have your ring totally remade, by this I
mean a good jeweller should be able to melt your ring down, draw it
into a wire and remake the ring the correct size. This is costly and
would take time and skill.
Personally I would suggest that you plump for the first option,
cutting and resizing is a common place event for jewellery workshops,
as long as the craftsman is practiced enough you shouldn't have any
jeweler resize ring smaller down