Will My Engagement Ring Stretch?

An engagement ring will not stretch on its own. Rings are made of metal and metal will not stretch on its own. What will expand or contract is your fingers. If your ring is too small, then the best thing to do is to take your ring back to where you got it crafted so that they can either expand or shrink your ring. Engagement rings should only be stretched up to two sizes because anything larger will put too much stress on the ring. 

How Can You Stretch A Ring? 

If you go to a professional jeweler or jewelry store, they can stretch the ring for you. This process is slightly more complicated than the process of shrinking a ring. 

  • First, new measurements will be taken of your finger
  • Next, the metals of the ring will be stretched. 
  • Rings can be stretched by a half size naturally

If you need more than a half size up from your original ring size, then more will need to be done to stretch your ring. The jeweler will need to:

  • Cut the ring and then stretch the ring to fit the ring size you need
  • They will add more metal to the ring 
  • After, they will solder, polish, and clean the weld on the ring 

What Types Of Engagement Rings Cannot Be Stretched?

 An eternity band has diamonds all around the ring so it would be impossible to make any alterations to the ring. If you plan on doing an eternity band, then you need to make sure that you have the exact size of your partner’s ring. 

There are also several metals that cannot be stretched. These metals include:

  • Tungsten: too hard to stretch
  • Stainless steel: hard to stretch by hand. 
  • Titanium: too hard to stretch 
  • Rose Gold: too brittle and will break if attempted to be stretched. 

The same as with having an eternity band, if you plan on having any of these metals as the band for your partner's ring, then you need to make sure you know their exact ring size. 

How To Tell If Your Ring Is Too Small

If you’re feeling like your ring is too tight, then it may be time to stretch your ring. You could potentially feel like your ring is causing indentations on your finger, possibly cutting circulation off from your hand. You may also just feel a mild discomfort in your finger. It all depends on your finger, but if the tightness prolongs, it is best to get the ring resized. 


At SG Jewelers, we can help you pick out the rings of your dream. No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll get professional care for your love and commitment. Contact us today to set up an appointment to meet with an expert Jeweler. 

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