Generally speaking, most precious metal rings (solid silver, gold, platinum, palladium) can be resized (within a few sizes) seamlessly without leaving any visual trace or weakening the band in any way. All rings that are easily sizable are marked “resizable” or “can be sized” in my descriptions. If you’d like to purchase a ring and have me handle the resize, I charge a flat fee of $40 per silver ring resize (within reason - if it’s a very complex ring, a thick band with lots of material or a jump in size more than a few sizes, the cost might go up) and $60 per gold ring resize. Please email me in advance to bundle the resize fee with your purchase, or put your desired size in the notes and I will send you a separate invoice for the sizing fee. I am happy to offer a complimentary resize on any purchase over $500. If you prefer to have a size consultation in person before deciding on an adjusted size, most jewelers in your area will be able to size your finger and do the work. Please note that all size altered rings are final sale.
Why a ring might NOT be sizable: The more complex the design on the back of the band (for instance if there is any special texturing, carving details or patterns that go all the way around), the more likely that a small seam or break in the pattern of the band might occur. This is also true for rings that have stones set all the way around, often referred to as eternity bands. In both cases, I generally mark these rings as “cannot be sized, but you can always inquire if you’d like to purchase and have it adjusted - we might be able to make it work. Hollow-formed and electroformed rings are generally not sizable.
Silver jewelry stays polished up with wear, and tarnish silver will naturally polish with skin contact! When silver is exposed to air, it will fairly quickly start to develop oxidize, and continue to darken over time. To keep your silver bright when you’re not wearing it, I recommend storing in an air-tight container. To quickly polish and clean silver, I recommend using a Sunshine Polishing cloth or similar cloth that has a bit of polishing compound on the fabric - the tarnish will start to lift almost immediately. Then, simply rinse your piece with some mild dish soap under warm water and pat dry with a lint-free cloth. For older, more stubborn tarnish spots, use more pressure (I’ve also heard that rubbing with toothpaste works!). If you don’t have a polishing cloth on hand, line a large bowl with aluminum foil and fill with hot water, plus 1- 2 tablespoons each of baking soda and table salt. Let your silver bathe in this mixture for a few minutes before removing and giving them a good rinse. I personally don’t mind polishing up my silver when it’s had time to tarnish, as this is a very easy and meditative task (besides I like the way silver looks when it has darkened in the harder to reach spots - it creates a beautiful sense of depth that is unmatched in new, shiny white silver). But again, wearing your silver regularly and storing properly are the two best ways to keep them shining.
Gold jewelry requires very minimal care as it doesn’t tarnish much (even lower carats or gold can take years to subtly darken), but applying a quick rub with a polishing cloth will always give is new life! If your gold or silver ring have gotten scuffed up over time and you’d like to return them to a high mirror polish (of course it’s all about personal preference), bring them to a jeweler in your area - this can usually be done easily, for a very low fee.
Basic upkeep: In general, I encourage my customers to take off their jewelry at night when they sleep (as often as you can remember), when going to the gym or undertaking strenuous physical activity (especially for rings with stones), or bathing / going in the water. I don’t always follow my own advice (oops), but this will always increase the longevity of your pieces! Please note that for stones like opals and turquoise that are much softer and more porous, this is an especially good rule of thumb. Pearl jewelry is also quite soft and often (invisibly) secured with jeweler’s glue in many designs, so it’s helpful to remove pearl jewelry when you will be coming in prolonged contact with water (pearls are much like silver though, in that they shine and are more lustrous when they are worn!). To clean softer stone jewelry (opals, pearls, turquoise), I recommend wiping with a damp, soft, lint-free cloth. Opals are sensitive to extreme temperature shifts, so I recommend storing your unworn opals in a box away from direct sunlight. Harder stones like diamond, sapphire, and ruby can be cleaned with a mild dish soap, using a toothbrush to scrub out any buildup on the back-side of the setting and rinsing before (you guessed it) drying with a soft, lint-free cloth. For extreme sparkle and shine, you may also take your harder stone rings to a professional jeweler to have them deep-cleaned in an ultrasonic (this service is often complimentary, or you may be charged an insignificant fee).