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When a ring has been worn extensively, the lower portion of the ring, the shank, wears away and can become overly thin or narrow. Narrowing of a ring frequently occurs with wedding bands that have been worn next to an engagement ring, and over time the rubbing of the two rings against each other has worn metal away from each. The result is a ring that will bend, crack or break easily.
The restoration for a overly worn shank is to remove the thin metal, and fit the ring with a new section of metal. Once completed the ring can continue to be worn with confidence for many more years.
This repair requires a high level of skill to complete with no trace of repair.
This repair is not inexpensive, however it allows the ring to be enjoyed for many more years. The expense is often worth it. After all the rings that get to this level of wear have been loved and worn and enjoyed until they have started to fall apart!
If your ring is both worn out AND not fitting well because your knuckles are much larger than your finger size, consider a hinged shank. While these do cost more than a standard shank, they will allow you to have your ring fitted perfectly to your finger.
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