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February 2, 2017

How to Temporarily Make a Ring Smaller

With my weight loss came the expensive realization that not only would I need a new wardrobe - right down to a replacement for my expensive parka (I bought the exact same one in a smaller size) - but even my rings would need re-sizing!  After a long pause, I'm actually still working towards losing a tiny bit more weight so I have been hesitant to fork over the dough to have my rings re-sized.  But after my wedding band got so big it started to fall off, I knew I needed a solution in the interim.  I read reviews on a lot of quick fixes and ultimately found what I think is a really great solution: the RinGuard Ring Size Adjuster.

How to Temporarily Make a Ring Smaller

These soft, hypo-allergenic surgical grade PVC tubes come in packs of three, to size a few rings at once or maximize the ways one ring can be temporarily made smaller.  The more times the RinGuard wraps around the bottom of a ring, the smaller it fits, so by snipping off some of the coil, a ring can be made just that tiny bit smaller.  But once it's trimmed, it's no longer an option to add loops, which is why I love the three pack - there's room for error.

How to Temporarily Make a Ring Smaller
How to Temporarily Make a Ring Smaller

I've mostly used these for my wedding ring, which I have had to size down a few times during my weight loss journey.  But I have also used it for fun cocktail rings - it offers the added benefit of helping heavier rings stay upright.

How to Temporarily Make a Ring Smaller

I've been using the same three RinGuards since May and they have really held up well.  Sometimes soap can get stuck in them, so every now and then I remove the RinGuard and give it a rinse - and I usually clean my ring at the same time.

How to Temporarily Make a Ring Smaller

Unlike some stiff tubes that are sold online, the beauty of these coils is that they curve to the shape of your finger, which helps create a comfy fit.  After a few days of wearing mine, I no longer really noticed.  It's been 9 months and still no complaints.  I know eventually I should have my rings re-sized properly but I'm just waiting a little bit more until my weight has settled before making that commitment. 

How to Temporarily Make a Ring Smaller

I know that quite a few of my readers can share in the struggle of having to buy new everything after a weight loss, so I wanted to share this quick tip!  I guess it's re-sizing for the DIYer, haha. 

I promised a detailed post about my weight loss ages ago but I've struggled to write it.  I have been writing and re-writing the draft, but at some point I will just have to take the plunge and share it!


  1. Thanks for posting this! I have a special ring that was made by my son before he passed. I've worn it since his death but after losing 70lbs it was falling off my finger. The only option i was aware of was to wrap it with yarn, but I am a germaphobe so that wouldn't work. This idea is brilliant 😊

    1. Hi Brenda, I'm so sorry for your loss. I can definitely understand wanting to keep that ring safe. I hope you find that these fit the bill perfectly. I've been really happy with the comfort and adjustability so I wanted to share - just in case anyone else had a similar struggle making a ring smaller.


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