My Wedding Rings Were Sawed Off My Fingers This Weekend

Remember a few months ago when I posted about the troubles I was having with my wedding rings? Well, that’s no longer an issue because the darn things have been permanently damaged.

Here’s what happened:

On Friday, I went out with my friends to celebrate a birthday. I was a little cold and my fingers shrink when that happens. It’s freaky but it’s true. I can go down almost half a size during the winter, so this really wasn’t too surprising to me. My wedding rings became VERY loose on my left hand so to be safe I swapped them to my right hand. I’ve done this a million times before and it has always worked.

I got home pretty late. Forgot to switch the rings back before I went to sleep. Woke up and found my right ring finger red and swollen. My hands went back to their normal size and the rings were at least 1 full ring size too small.

Immediately I went online and did EVERYTHING I read. Olive Oil. Submerge in ice water. Windex (what? Windex – I did it anyway). String. WHATEVER. I did it all. After about three hours I had really irritated that finger and it doubled in size and was starting to really hurt. I was also bleeding because my ring was scratching into my skin.

I called the fire department (another thing I read online) and my town’s department said they wouldn’t help me and that I had to go to the hospital. WHAT? UGH! So, off I went to the emergency room.

Once there they tried to do the same things I did and of COURSE it didn’t work because at this point the bottom of my finger was hanging over and around the band. It was BAD. They said they had to cut them off.

I said fine.

But not only did they cut them – but they ripped one in half. I almost died.

It is what it is. I unfortunately had to do it. But I just can’t believe this all happened. I told Bill that I wanted to get the rings reset in white gold and not platinum because it’s a stronger metal and will keep its shape better than the platinum. My rings were oval to begin with which I am sure contributed to this issue.

Now, I’m joking with my husband that it’s time for an upgrade… but he doesn’t find me funny. LOL!

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  1. marianne wrote:

    Wow. I’m glad you posted this or i would never have known. You can always get another ring, a finger i dont think so.
    Enjoy your next rings.

    Posted 5.9.11
  2. That sounds horrible! It must have hurt so much. I wonder if you could use some kind of removable insert for your rings so you don’t have to switch them to the other hand?

    Posted 5.9.11
    • Vera wrote:

      Yeah – Im going to get them resized and then just buy that insert for the colder months. I’ve had those rings for 11 years – this was SUCH a surprise because I’ve switched hands hundreds of times. Sometimes I would wear them on my right hand for months at a time.

      Something just was off this weekend. ugh!

      Posted 5.9.11
  3. Katie wrote:

    oh noooo that really sucks! but yes, getting the put on a white gold band won’t be expensive at all! Go to a small jeweler, not a big retail place. My ring was yellow gold (family ring) and I got it reset on white for next to nothing.

    Posted 5.9.11
  4. Corine wrote:

    O no! I saw your tweet over the weekend- thought the ice would have totally worked! I am so sorry you had to cut it off!!!

    Love that you are asking for an upgrade 😉

    Posted 5.9.11
  5. hmm, redesign …
    can you ‘add’ a ‘little’ stone or two, after all 11 years is super long these days 😉

    Posted 5.9.11
    • Vera wrote:

      you are my kinda girl…. 🙂

      Posted 5.9.11
  6. Meg wrote:

    OMG Vera that’s awful. I haven’t been able to take off my rings in about 6 or 7 years. Every once in a whie if I lose enough weight, and have a chilly enough morning, I can get them off. But I haven’t had one of those skinny, chilly mornings in a long time. The rings are sz 4.5, and I think I am about a 6, but my finger is just used to them, I guess.

    Posted 5.9.11
    • Vera wrote:

      that’s what happened to me – My ring is 3 3/4 and 4 and my right hand is about a 6 on a normal day. so it was ROUGH.

      I love the chilly morning comment – i giggled because i so understand!

      Posted 5.9.11
  7. Carol wrote:

    ‎: (( I had mine cut during one of my pregnancies, but I had planned ahead and had requested for white gold, instead of platinum. I simply went to the jewelry store and then added gold to the cut and restored them…I probably need to get them enlarged a tad more again soon. Sorry this happened and they were so harsh on the ring : ((

    Posted 5.9.11
  8. Lisa wrote:

    Oh man. I had no idea. Drs had to do that to my mom years ago. It’s terrible but at least your finger is ok.

    Posted 5.12.11
  9. grace wrote:

    OMG!!! *i wouldve died seeing my engagement ring sawed in half too…*
    that’s terrible… *sniffle*
    but try these plastic sizers that you can buy @ walmart and it slips just around your ring to prevent it from slipping off…
    it looks like this –

    or you can have sizing bead put in your new band…
    which looks like this –

    i hope you’re feeling better =)
    best wishes…
    PS: good idea about the white gold band & the upgrade 😉

    Posted 5.13.11
  10. Calla Gold wrote:

    Hi Vera,
    I read your blog post with a lot of interest. I am a jewelry blogger and wrote a post about sawing off wedding rings. (
    A number of my clients have had the upgrade talk with me when I saw off their rings. If your rings were getting oval you may want a thicker shank to help your ring hold its shape better. Platinum can get oval easier since it is a more malleable metal.
    Good luck in what ever you decide with your poor ring.

    Posted 2.15.14

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