Ring stuck on your finger? You’re not alone. This predicament happens to thousands of people every year.
There are many “hacks” you can try to remove a stuck ring, such as using Windex a lubricant or soaking your finger in cold water to reduce swelling.
When all else fails, a stuck ring can actually be cut off ! Once the ring is removed, we can get to work repairing a ring cut off a finger.
There are many reasons why rings get stuck on fingers. Some reasons include swelling during pregnancy or weight gain that has spread out over many years. People forget to take off their rings and one day they wake up and find they can’t get it off any longer.
In addition, some people have fingers that are prone to swelling. This can happen due to weather or even from something as simple as sitting in a hot tub.
Unfortunately there is the chance that a ring will be damaged when it is cut off of a finger. This will require repair in addition to sizing the ring.
When someone goes to the Fire Station or hospital to have their ring removed, often the medics first priority is to just get the ring off. They are not as concerned about damaging the ring in the process.
This is completely understandable, however it can be frustrating to see a beloved ring get intentionally ruined. Thankfully there is a way to repair rings after they have been cut off a finger!
To get a quote on repairing your ring, contact us!
The Repair Process
Using a jewelers saw, the rings that were previously soldered together are cut apart. This will make the repair process a lot easier having all the rings separated. We can focus on each ring individually before soldering them back together.
The rings are now separated but you can now more fully see how spread out they are. The rings will have to be reshaped and soldered back together.
Using ring bending pliers, I carefully bent the rings back into a semi-round shape. The rings will need to be soldered where they were cut so we can round them out again!
After the rings have mostly been bent back into shape, they need to be cleaned first. You can see how dirty they are! Whenever heat is applied to a ring for soldering, it is imperative that the rings are first clean.
An ultrasonic cleaner is used to get the rings nice and clean. This will ensure that no dirt gets stuck to the bottom of the diamonds during the soldering process. It will also help ensure a clean solder job in the places that need to be repaired.
Sizing and Soldering
After the rings have been cleaned, a torch is used to solder the rings back in place. In this instance, the rings were also sized up to accommodate the new finger size. We want to make sure the rings don’t stuck on a finger again!
The 3 rings after they have been sized, soldered and rounded out! We can start to see their original beauty again.
After the rings have been rounded out, they are ready to be soldered back together again. We want to recreate the look of the wedding set before it was cut off of the finger. So the engagement ring goes in the middle and one wedding band is soldered back on each side.
The completed ring! As you can see, not all is lost when needing to have a ring cut off. There are goldsmiths who can take that damaged ring and repair it.
Not only can the ring be repaired and resized, it will also be polished up again to give it that brand new appearance!
Three rings soldered back together. If you have a ring that needs to be cut off, contact a goldsmith first to see what they recommend. If all else fails, the ring can be cut off and repaired later.