Photography by: Kellie Walsh, 4 Eyes Photography
Choosing the perfect engagement ring size
Imagine a ring of the perfect shape, color, and stone, but it does not fit your finger on the day of your wedding–that would be a bride’s worst nightmare, wouldn’t it? It would be one of those things you wouldn’t wish upon your worst enemy. To avoid such a disaster you would need to know your ring size. If you do not know the specifics of what ring size refers to, or how to measure your ring size, don’t worry! Follow the story until the end and I promise you that you will have an accurate ring size before you finish your last sentence.
What is ring size
Ring size is determined based on two very fine numbers: the inner circumference, which is the length of the inner part of the finger, or the inner diameter (both measured in millimeters).
The average size in America for a woman is 6 and 8 for men, so if you’re in a situation you have to guess then these numbers are your best bet. Luckily, rings are resizable in most cases! Rings are resizable due to some rings with a certain internal structure and shape fit differently around the finger. Imagine shoes, you’re a shoe size 7, but in some shoes you're an 8 due to its inner structure or shape, same case for rings. Do not worry, picking the right ring size may seem daunting at first, but most rings fit the specified size; however, make sure you ask your jeweler if the ring is known to fit a different size for certain types or sizes of fingers.
When to measure ring size
We recommend getting your ring size measured every time you visit a jewelry store, the reason being that fingers may change in certain weather conditions: fingers tend to swell in warm weather and shrink during cold weather. In addition, if it has been a few months, or more, since you last got your ring size then definitely getting them measured again is recommended as diet, exercise, or lifestyle, may have impacted your ring size. Other factors to consider include whether your fingers tend to swell during after drinking alcohol, or whether you are pregnant.
How to measure ring size
If you are like most people, you probably think that finding your ring size is as simple as taking a tape measure to your finger. However, measuring ring size can be a little more complicated than that. We will walk you through the process of how to measure ring size accurately. By following these steps, you will be able to find the perfect ring for your special day.
Visit a jewelry store
You’re able to visit a jewelry store to get your ring size, most jewelry stores measure you with a set of ring gauges, essentially prop rings of different sizes. So, If you're not sure what size ring you need, or if you're planning to buy a ring online, it's a good idea to check with a jeweler before making your purchase. Plus, if you like killing two birds with one stone, then they can also help you choose the right type of ring for your fiancé or wife-to-be. So whether you're getting ready for your big day or just want to surprise her with a new piece of jewelry, be sure to visit your local jewelry store!
Plastic Belt Ring Sizer Kit
A plastic belt ring sizer is a plastic device that slides over your finger and measures the diameter. It is a quick, accurate, and easy way for measuring your ring size. You can find belt ring sizers at most jewelry stores. If you don't have a jewelry store near you, you can also order one online. We recommend using a plastic ring sizer if you plan on purchasing the ring online, or would like a preliminary size before visiting a jewelry store.
Measure ring size yourself on short notice
If you’re on short notice and need a ring size measured as soon as possible then the best way is by using a piece of string. You need to grab a piece of string and wrap it around the desired finger. From here, take note of the location where the end of the string meets the point in the string where it fits best around your finger. Lastly, you grab a ruler and measure the size of the string from the two points; this measurement will give you the circumference of your finger, which you can use to determine your ring size.
Guessing your partner’s ring size
If you don't already know your partner's ring size, don't worry - there are a few ways to covertly get the information you need. One option is to borrow one of your partner's rings and bring it to a jeweler to be sized. Just be sure to return the ring before your partner notices it's missing! Another approach is to ask a friend or family member who knows your partner well if they have any idea about their ring size. Finally, if all else fails, you can always go for a slightly larger size - it's usually easier to resize a ring that's too big than one that's too small. With these strategies in mind, you're sure to find the perfect ring for your special someone.
What to do if your finger size changes
Although we have introduced how to measure the size and key points, some people's finger size changes. In such cases, you can ask the store where you purchased the ring to resize it.
When considering resizing a ring, you should be careful about the material and design. For example, resizing a ring involves cutting off a portion of the ring and adding material. Therefore, it may be difficult to resize rings made of materials or designs that are difficult to process. In terms of materials, platinum, yellow gold, and white gold are said to be easy to resize.
On the other hand, hard pink gold and combination rings made of two metals can be difficult to resize.... As for designs, the following types of rings tend to be difficult to resize.
- Rings with a "milled" design, in which fine grains are continuously hammered into the edge of the ring.
- Rings with a design around the entire circumference of the ring.
- Eternity rings with diamonds around the entire circumference of the ring.
However, some stores and brands may accept exchange of rings that cannot be resized by paying an exchange fee. It would be a good idea to check this at the time of purchase.
Let’s get a perfect ring!
We now know that ring size is the inner circumference, the length of the inner portion of the ring. However, finger size changes slightly with the seasons, time of day, and physical condition. Therefore, it is important to have a professional measure your finger size at a store and try on the ring to be sure rather than measuring it yourself. Also, when purchasing, check with the store staff about resizing. Since wedding rings are meant to be worn for a long time, it would be a wise choice to pay attention to the design as well as the size of the ring. With that said, congratulations on your upcoming proposal, wedding, or special occasion!