By Alicia Catt

Finger rings can be worn as a fun fashion trend, a public display of love and commitment, a personal statement, or anything in between. Fingers fluctuate in size throughout the course of a normal day—a ring that fit you in the morning may be too loose by dinnertime. Additionally, if you lose a significant amount of weight, you may find that your ring no longer fits snugly on your finger. Professional ring sizing is costly and potentially damaging. Before you have your ring permanently altered, try one of these quick fixes to make your ring snug again.

Fingers can change size over time.

Step 1

Buy a plastic ring guard, available at jewelry counters and many department stores. This small piece of clear rubber fits snugly over the back of your ring and keeps it securely in place on your finger. Ring guards are inexpensive, discreet and come in several sizes.

Step 2

Wrap a piece of dental floss or sewing thread around the back of your ring several times until your ring is the correct size. If using this method, take care to remove your ring before washing your hands, as the wet thread will take some time to dry and could irritate your finger.

Step 3

Wear a snugger-fitting ring on top of the loose ring to keep it in place. This works especially well for wedding and engagement rings, since they are often worn on the same finger to begin with.

Step 4

Squeeze a thin layer of ring guard gel around the inside of your ring. This gel is designed specifically for too-large rings, lasts for several months and is invisible during wear. It easily peels off the ring without damaging the metal or leaving a residue. Let the gel cure for three hours before wearing the ring.