Send the ring back to the manufacturer if at all possible these things
can turn into a real night mare. if you are ever asked to size one that
is not gold , refuse. i talked to one of the guys who makes these
things once and he suggested to send it back to the manufacturer they
are not designed to be sized easily.
In fact, at least one class ring manufacturer I know of doesn’t even
attempt any repairs or modifications, other than minor refinishing of a
ring returned for any reason. it’s cheaper for them to simply pull the
mold off the shelf, and manufacture a whole new ring, in the correct size,
or with the correct stone or details, or whatever else was wrong, than it
is to maintain a repairs department, or even to attempt to fix the
mistakes. This way, any repair is returned as a brand new ring, avoiding
bad fixes and incompletely repaired problems.
As to sizing them, the golds used are aften heat treated for additional
durability, so far as I know. This makes some of them, especially things
like the mens college rings, almost impossible to bend either smaller or
larger after cutting, making sizing them almost impossible to do well.
And thats before even considering the fact that often, the stones are
seated on a plastic gasket at the girdle, which makes setting them easier,
as well as reducing the amount of dirt that can get below the stones,
especially on those set with closed backs. Care to guess what that plastic
gasket will do when you go to solder one of these rings, even if you use
heat sink compound? And then, if we discuss the non gold alloys, things
like “siladium”, the non gold white alloy. it’s essentially a surgical
stainless steel, which casts wonderfully, and makes a very durable ring.
But it sure isn’t designed to be resoldered shut after sizing, don’t ya
And finally, in my experience, the class ring manufacturers as a group
have some of the highest levels of service commitment of any jewelry
manufacturers. Some will offer lifetime service, for any reason at all,
for nominal costs. About a decade ago, I had a gents ring from the mid
1940s come in, with the owner wanting to know if this ring could be
restored. It was worn almost to the point that you could only barely
decipher what had once been the design. Sent insured back to the
manufacturer, the ring was replaced with a new one, as of course they
still had the mold. Cost was some sort of nominal charge, like $20 bucks,
plus postage. I don’t know if it would still be that cheap, but the
customer service provided was, to say the least, impressive.
Hope this helps