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101 N Main St
Blacksburg, VA, 24060
United States

(540) 953-1000

Welcome to Capone's Jewelry.

We specialize in custom jewelry design and repair.  The majority of our merchandise is made exclusively in our Blacksburg studio.

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Your Guide to Ring Sizing!

C. Capone

Why Sizing?
There are many reasons why someone might be interested in getting their ring sized. They may have recently gained or lost some weight. Perhaps a woman has just had a baby or someone has been struggling with arthritis,  both causing their knuckles to grow in size and making it difficult to slide a ring on and off. Say one’s significant other did not want to give away a surprise and guessed the wrong finger size. Or you simply just want to wear the ring on a different finger. What do you do? Consult a jeweler!

How to Measure your Finger Size
It is always a good idea to consult a professional jeweler about finger size. Do not attempt to measure ring size yourself. We also recommend that you get measured multiple times because hand size tends to fluctuate due to many factors, such as diet, how much sleep you got the night before, etc.
Ensuring proper fit is also crucial to determining your ring size. The ring should go on rather easily; however, it should be slightly more difficult to get it off. Obviously, if it slides off too easily, there is a greater chance that it will get lost. You should also keep in mind that if you are not accustomed to wearing rings, they will probably feel a little awkward the first couple of days, so be patient, and you will get used to it.

Sizing Down
As far as the actual sizing process goes, making a ring smaller is much easier than making it larger. Therefore, you should err on the side of caution when choosing a ring size. Once we have determined that the size should be smaller, we will cut a small piece of the metal from the band and solder the two sides together. The band will then be cleaned and polished, and you should not be able to tell that the ring has been resized. However, rings that have ornate designs, such as patterns or filigree, are difficult to resize without losing the detail of the design. If it is possible, the design would have to be remade or restored, adding to the cost. Additionally, if there are stones on the sides of the band, they may need to be reset, which also makes the job more complicated.

Sizing Up
If you find that you need to increase the size of your ring, there are two options that we will consider. First, we can simply stretch the band. However, this usually only works for about up to half of a size, and it does depend on the material as well as the design. This process works better with plain wedding bands usually. The other option would be to cut the ring, add metal, and solder it together. Keep in mind that the aforementioned issues with ornate designs and rings with stones remain the same in sizing the ring to make it smaller.

It is difficult to give a set cost of ring sizing due to the many factors that may be involved in resizing. For example, the metal (i.e. gold prices) and labor costs (i.e. the difficulty of the job). The starting cost is typically around $35 - 40, but can go upwards to $150 - 200.

What We Can't Size
There are certain materials that are impossible to size. Basically we would not be able to do anything that is made of non-metal, titanium, tungsten, or stainless steel. So keep that in mind when shopping for your wedding bands.


Do Your Prongs Need Retipping?

C. Capone

When was the last time you had your rings checked? We recommend bringing your rings in twice a year to ensure that the prongs are not worn down and are efficiently holding your stones in place.

What is a prong?

A prong is a metal tine or projection that holds a gemstone in place. A ring can have anywhere from four to hundreds of prongs.

How does it get worn down?

Prongs become worn from everyday normal use! However, erosion can occur faster due to several situations. For example, if a ring is too large and is constantly being readjusted by your finger (in which case it would also be a good idea to have it sized), or if a stone has been loose for a period of time. Also, wearing your rings while doing manual labor can also cause them to wear more quickly. Do you wear your rings to bed? If so, sheets can actually be abrasive on metal prongs - believe it or not!

How do we fix it?

If we check your rings and find that a prong (or prongs) are worn down, then we will recommend retipping. This process involves soldering a metal bead or wire to the prong with the stone still in place and shaping it so that it functions as a new prong. In some cases, a prong needs to be replaced. If that were the case, then we would saw off the old prong, solder a metal wire and shape it into the new prong - also with the stone still in place. In rare cases, the entire prong setting needs to be replaced where we would remove the stone, assemble a new setting, and then reset the stone.

Why Fix Prongs?

If you do not fix a prong, then you risk your stone coming loose and potentially losing it. It's certainly more economical than replacing a stone!

If it's been more than 6 months since you've had your rings checked, bring them in, and we will check them for you free of charge.

                                        Kirk retipping a prong

                                        Kirk retipping a prong