How to make a finger ring smaller

Updated July 12, 2018

Few things are as distracting as a ring that slides all over your finger, or as heartbreaking as realising that one has slipped off--and you have no idea where or when. Fortunately, there are many options as far as resizing a ring, even for people who don’t want to cut rings smaller. You might only be halfway to your weight-loss goal, recovering from an illness or have the tiniest fingers ever to wear a cherished family heirloom that will passed on after you. Whatever the reason for cutting rings down, there is a method for anyone.

Peel the outer wrapping off a self-stick fabric bandage. Pull the backing off of the bandage. Stick the bandage to the inside of the ring’s base, and wind it under and around several times. Hold the free end of the bandage, and slip your finger into the ring, toward the free end, to check the fit. Use scissors to snip off any excess bandage once the fit is correct.

Insert a ring guard at the base of the ring band. There are many different types, from rubber or plastic to gold and silver, so follow the instructions on whichever type you choose. Most of them are straight, flat pieces no wider than the band of your ring. Insert the ring guard at the bottom of the band, using pliers to bend the brackets closed around the band.

Have a professional jeweller add sizing beads to a ring if you do not want the band cut, or if your knuckles are much larger than the rest of your finger. Sizing beads are small spheres of gold that are soldered to the inside of the ring band at the 5 o’clock and 7 o’clock positions, if the ring were a clock face. They hold the ring in place as well as a ring guard but allow a little extra room for slipping over swollen knuckles. They also can be removed later, with no harm to the ring.

Get the ring cut down to fit by a professional jeweller. This involves actually cutting away part of the band, so it is not a good option for everyone--especially if your band has stones or engraving covering more than half of the band.


Another alternative is to move your ring to a different finger if it is not a wedding or engagement ring.


Never leave your jewellery with anyone other than an established, reputable jeweller.

Things You'll Need

  • Self-stick fabric bandage
  • Scissors
  • Ring guard
  • Pliers
  • Professional jeweller
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Emmy-award nominated screenwriter Brynne Chandler is a single mother of three who divides her time between professional research and varied cooking, fitness and home & gardening enterprises. A running enthusiast who regularly participates in San Francisco's Bay to Breakers run, Chandler works as an independent caterer, preparing healthy, nutritious meals for Phoenix area residents.