Keep wearing rings through weight gain, loss

Keep wearing rings through weight gain, loss

By Calla Gold

Georgia works at a small plumbing supply house, and I dropped in at her office the other day to say hello when I was in the neighborhood.

Being the Santa Barbara repair jeweler that I am, I immediately noticed she wasn’t wearing her wedding ring. Oh, no! I hoped this didn’t mean she was getting a divorce.

“Ah, I was going to check the prongs on your wedding ring, but I just noticed that you’re … ah … not wearing it,” I said, a bit alarmed.

“Oh, I know!” she said. “I gained all this weight and it just doesn’t fit anymore. Come the New Year, I’m going to join Weight Watchers and start working out at the gym. I figured once I’d lost a few pounds, I’d call you to come size it.”

“Georgia!” I exclaimed. “Not OK! Your wedding ring is your ‘Ring of Love’ and represents your marriage, and you should be wearing it so all the world can see you’re still married to Kenneth.”

She nodded in embarrassment.

“I bet since you haven’t been wearing the ring, you’ve been asked more than once if everything was alright with you and the man,” I asked.

“Yes! And it always makes me feel a little awkward, as if they don’t really believe me!” she responded. “As if they thought I was just using ‘weight gain’ as an excuse. Can you believe it?”

“Unfortunately, I can believe it,” I said. “You’re not the first woman whose weight has fluctuated one way or another. I size rings up and down all the time.”

“You do?”

“Multiple times.”

“Doesn’t it hurt to do ring sizing too much?”

“Not at all. In fact, in addition to your ring sizing, I’ll check your prongs and clean and polish your ring so it looks brand new. It’s like taking your car in for a tune up, with a car wash.”

“I’ve always been worried, though, about stretching the ring to size it bigger,” Georgia said. “I had a ring stretched before I married Ken and it never felt the same. The shank was so thin afterwards, and it ended up cracking.”

“The good news is, I don’t stretch rings,” I said.

“You don’t? What do you do?”

“If I’m sizing the ring up, I cut the bottom of the shank, pull the two sides gently apart, and add a whole new section of gold. After I polish it up, you can’t even tell where I sized it.”

What’s the takeaway message Here?

Ring sizing can be done repeatedly. There’s absolutely no reason to let a ring that doesn’t fit anymore languish in the dusty recesses of your jewelry box.

People gain weight. People lose weight. Big deal! It’s part of the human condition. So don’t punish yourself because you gained or lost a few pounds. Call a jeweler to size your rings. You deserve to wear them.

Calla Gold is a personal jeweler in Santa Barbara who writes a jewelry blog at www.callagold.com

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