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Professional Bracelet Resizing

What to Expect When Resizing Your Bracelet Professionally

Taking a bracelet in for professional resizing can make you feel uneasy, especially when it’s a valued or sentimental piece. Thankfully, the process is straightforward and poses minimal risk to your bracelet. Knowing what to expect can help ease uncertainty and provide peace of mind that your bracelet is in good hands.

Keep reading to learn more about the bracelet resizing process, from initial consultation to final pick-up.


When you bring in a bracelet for resizing, the jeweler begins with a consultation. The consultation allows them to assess the bracelet, review your desired sizing preference, and provide a cost and time estimate. 

Assessment of the bracelet

The consultation begins with an assessment. The jeweler examines the bracelet's construction, design, and potential adjustment points. If you have a chain or bead bracelet, they determine which links or beads need to be added or removed. If you have a solid or hinged bracelet, they locate the cut and soldering points.

Arrive at your consultation with as much information about the bracelet as possible. Knowing the bracelet's manufacturer, model, and materials helps the jeweler determine the best approach to resizing. If you have purchase receipts or warranties on the bracelet, bring those along, too. 

Discussion of sizing preferences

Once the jeweler has examined the bracelet, they’ll discuss your sizing preferences and the desired fit. If needed, they’ll take and record your wrist measurements. 

The jeweler then provides you with a cost estimate and a pickup date for the bracelet. Before leaving, discuss any specific requests to ensure the jeweler understands your desired outcome.

Resizing Process

After the consultation, the jeweler begins the resizing process. They’ll gather all necessary equipment and prepare additional materials, such as beads or links. The resizing process varies depending on the type of bracelet and desired length. 

Chain bracelets

To shorten a chain bracelet, the jeweler uses pliers to open the jump rings, remove the discussed number of links, and reattach the clasp. If they’re increasing the bracelet's size, they add links and reattach the clasp if necessary.

Bead bracelets

To reduce the size of a beaded bracelet, the jeweler cuts the string or wire, removes the necessary number of beads, rethreads the bracelet, and ties or crimps the ends. If a bead bracelet is too small, the jeweler reassembles the existing beads on a longer string, adds matching beads, and secures the ends.

Solid bracelets

To reduce the size of a solid bracelet, the jeweler uses a saw to cut out a section, file the edges, and solder the ends back together. When lengthening a solid bracelet, they add matching metal and solder it in place. After soldering the bracelet, they clean and polish the area to blend it seamlessly.

No matter the style of the bracelet, all resizing services conclude with polishing and cleaning. The jeweler removes any marks or scratches, polishes the bracelet, and cleans it using appropriate cleaning solutions.

Inspection of the Resized Bracelet

Once the resizing process is complete, the jeweler performs a thorough inspection. They assess the bracelet to look for and fix weak points, sharp edges, flaws, or scratches. They make sure the bracelet functions properly and that all clasps and fastenings work correctly.

When you come to pick up your bracelet, you’ll try it on to see that it fits properly and meets your expectations. If additional adjustments are required, the jeweler either makes them on the spot or schedules a follow-up appointment.

Maintenance Tips

To prevent future resizing needs and ensure proper care of your bracelet, follow these maintenance tips:

  • Handle it gently: Don’t tug or pull on the bracelet, as this can cause it to break or stretch.
  • Take it off during strenuous activities: Activities such as gardening, working out, or playing sports can cause damage or stretching.
  • Store it properly: When you remove your bracelet, place it away from other jewelry or in a soft pouch to protect it from scratches.
  • Regular cleaning: Clean the bracelet monthly using a soft cloth, mild soap, and lukewarm water. Dry it properly before storing it to prevent moisture damage.
  • Inspect the bracelet: Perform regular inspections for signs of wear, stretching, or damage, or bring it to a jeweler for a professional inspection.
  • Avoid harmful substances: Harsh chemicals, oils, and lotions can damage and weaken your bracelet over time.

Visit Jeweler’s Touch for Bracelet Resizing

Jeweler’s Touch has been the trusted full-service jewelry shop for Orange County residents since 1992. Whether your bracelet is too small or too large, our team of expert jewelry professionals can help. We’ll walk you through the resizing process, answer questions, and resize your piece with the care and precision it requires. Call or visit our in-store studio today to schedule your service.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to resize my bracelet?

The cost of bracelet resizing depends on the design and complexity. During your consultation, we’ll provide a free cost estimate so you know exactly how much the final bill will be. After we resize your piece, you’ll benefit from complimentary inspections and cleaning at any of our Orange County locations.

How long will the resizing process take?

We complete most repairs and resizing services within three to five days. If you’re in a rush, we offer same-day service for a small extra fee. We’ll prioritize your bracelet for rush service and have it ready for pickup later that day or the next morning. You can even watch our experts work on your piece through our 24-foot studio window while you wait.

What should I look for when choosing a jeweler to resize my bracelet?

A reputable jeweler should be the only one trusted to resize your bracelet. Look for a jeweler who’s experienced in bracelet resizing and has on-site professionals. Jeweler’s Touch has over 30 years of experience servicing Brea and surrounding areas.

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