Ring Solutions for
Arthritis & Large Knuckles

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There’s no reason for you to stop wearing your rings

When your wedding or engagement ring won't go over your knuckle it can be quite upsetting. Our specialist service ensures you can keep wearing them, whatever the situation. There are a number of solutions that allow us to achieve this, and we’ll make sure you receive the right one for you. Scroll down for options and price guidance.

The Problems

Close up shot of the hands of Ruth and a client

If you struggle to put your ring on, or to take it off; or the ring slips around your finger you aren’t alone. For most ring wearers, the knuckle acts as a brake which prevents the ring sliding off, but for over 25% of my clients, it is enlarged beyond being able to comfortably wear a ring without it spinning. This could be injury or arthritis or just genetics.  We offer a ring service to ensure that every ring wearer can comfortably wear their engagement or wedding ring with no slipping, or anxiety it won’t come off. We create new rings or modify existing to be worn in comfort.

The Solutions

There are a number of possible solutions for these issues, our recommendation and subsequent costs vary depending on the size difference between the knuckle and the finger.

A ring with 'speed bumps'

Speed Bumps

Metal curves are added to the interior of the ring, allowing the setting to be taken on and off easily, while preventing spin on the finger. Ring is often resized to add these.

Cost: £200 as a standalone service. May be factored in to other ring work.

Pros
  • Great for when there is only a small size difference.

  • Inexpensive

  • Of all the techniques discussed here, this is the simplest solution for existing rings and the least invasive.

Cons
  • Careful application is required.

  • Some jewellers add a more ‘pin’ shaped bump which can cause discomfort.

  • Won’t work effectively when there is over two sizes difference between finger and knuckle.

  • Engraving inside ring may be lost.

A ring with 'spring clips'

Spring Clips

A thin strip of gold is curved inside the ring, expanding over the finger and then holding the ring in place.  Ring may be resized prior to application.

Cost: £400 as standalone service. If there are other issues with ring costs will increase.

Pros
  • This keeps the ring locked upright in position so very good for stone set rings.

Cons
  • Can pinch on loose skin so careful sizing required.

  • Not recommended for fingers where size difference is less than 1 as will make ring harder to put on.

  • Engraving on base of ring will be lost.

A trapezoid shaped ring

Shaped Ring

Ring shank is shaped in either square or trapezoid shape to prevent spinning.

Cost: From £850. This is a very labour intensive process, especially for gem set rings as the setting will have to be reconfigured to retain strength and work with shank shape.

Pros
  • This is a great solution for fingers where the size difference is 1-3, as the ring is still very easy to take on and off, and doesn’t roll so great for stone settings.

  • Looks completely natural on the finger.

Cons
  • Where the knuckle is 4 sizes larger, this still isn’t the right solution, and may irritate the knuckle going on and off.

  • For existing rings, all original marks and engraving will be lost.

A hinged ring that opens a small amount

Expanding Ring

Pulling firmly on the ring shank opens the ring up to four sizes to slide over the knuckle, and then comfortably snaps back together again. Gold or platinum. We work with Finger Mate in the USA and Newman in the UK.

Cost: From £850 for a wedding ring and £1,300 to remodel existing stone set rings depending on components and metal choice. Some options are made in the USA but final installation carried in the UK by our goldsmiths. Ring setting will drive complexity of integration.

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Pros
  • Perfect for those with larger knuckles, or who are concerned that their knuckles may grow in the future.

  • There are no tools required to open and close ring, and the setting is very secure.

  • They supply wedding rings too.

  • Hinging is discreet.

Cons
  • For those with knuckles larger than 5 sizes, this is still going to present an issue for these components.

  • The entire ring shank has to be replaced with one of these components. 

  • Wedding rings can’t be remodelled.

  • The gold used is 14kt (58.5% pure gold) for durability reasons. Rings will have to be hallmarked as this finesse.

A hinged ring fully open

Hinged Ring – CliQ by Superfit

The ultimate solution, these rings are hinged to open 180° meaning that they don’t have to go over the knuckle so will work for any finger size.

Cost: From £850 for a wedding ring and £1,500 for an engagement ring.

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Pros
  • The hinge can be opened with a ball point pen or similar, and is practically invisible once the ring is worn.

  • CliQ offer a bespoke modelling service so the perfect ring can be designed.

  • Their white gold is a good shade of white (although not as white as platinum).

Cons
  • For some, the idea of needing a tool to put the ring on and take it off may be a deterrent.

  • The entire ring shank will be replaced with one of these components.

  • Wedding rings can’t be remodelled. 

  • CliQ can be very expensive for platinum rings – up to 50% more sometimes which I find hard to justify.  

How it works

How we work with you to find the best solution.

1
Initial consultation

In an initial 15 minute call we will learn about your jewellery, the issues you’re having, and what you want to achieve. We’ll suggest the best method for you and rough costs. If you decide to secure our services, there will be an up front payment of £300.

2
Face to face consultation

We will meet and look at your jewellery in more detail. You’ll have an opportunity to see some solutions in person and decide what works best for you and your jewellery.

3
Jewellery is adjusted

Depending on the method we use, we will take the jewellery off your hands for 1-2 weeks and make the adjustments needed.

Once we are satisfied that everything is perfect, your adjusted jewellery is delivered to you.

I was looking for a solution to this dilemma when I contacted Ruth; I wished to keep all of the original gold and the same setting for my diamond solitaire and wedding ring, but they had already been stretched two or three times, were getting very thin and I needed to be able to get them over my knuckle without them being uncomfortable and oversized. I was a little nervous when Ruth suggested a softened trapezium shape for both bands but I understood the logic and agreed to move forward with this proposal. Off the finger they look somewhat odd and surprising in shape but once on my finger they look really lovely and they seem to sit very well, don't spin and are certainly comfortable to wear. Thank you Ruth!

Peta
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It was a real pleasure working with Ruth to design rings for our Ruby Wedding. Her input enabled us to buy rings that were exactly as we required. Diane could not wear her existing rings due to enlarged joints on her fingers. The Cliq system of opening ring has enabled her to wear rings that do not move around on her finger, and are easily removable for gardening and other activities which might damage them.

John K
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