FINDING THE RIGHT RING SIZE AT HOME CAN BE TRICKY...WE'RE HERE TO HELP
Picture this: you've found the perfect ring and managed to get down on one knee and surprise your partner. They burst into tears of joy and resounding 'Yes!'. But wait! As you try to slide the ring on their left ring finger, it gets stuck!
Nothing quite ruins an otherwise magical proposal than an engagement ring that doesn't fit. Not to fear though, there are a number of easy methods you can try to find your correct ring size, or, even sneakily find your partner's perfect fit. So keep reading to find out!
HOW IS RING SIZE DETERMINED?
Ring size is determined by the width of a finger and the diameter of the ring. The width of the finger is measured in millimeters. The diameter of the ring can be measured in inches or by using a mandrel.
As is the case with shoes, ring sizes are not universal. A US size 3 may not be the same as a UK size 3, for example. In addition, there are different standards for determining ring sizes across different countries. So if you ever find yourself purchasing a ring from a different country, be sure to ensure accuracy by utilizing a conversion chart.
In the United States, the ring size scale features whole and half numbers. Generally, standard ring sizes range from a size 3 to a size 13.5 for adults. Women usually fall somewhere between sizes 3 and 9 while men's rings are usually between 8 to 14.
WHAT SHOULD A CORRECT SIZE FEEL LIKE?
A ring that fits properly should first and foremost be comfortable. If you feel that the ring is too tight or it hurts it's the wrong size. Correctly sized rings are loose enough to slide over your knuckle with a little resistance but tight enough that it simply doesn't slide off.
HOW TO FIND YOUR PERFECT RING SIZE
The best way to ensure your ring will fit is to measure your ring size via different techniques. This is especially helpful if you chose to not be measured in jewelry stores. When utilizing different measurement methods you will quickly be able to determine which technique and size seem to provide the most accurate measurement, allowing you to purchase your stunning engagement ring or wedding rings with confidence.
HIT UP YOUR LOCAL JEWELRY STORE
One of the most accurate ways to determine your ring size is to have your finger size measured at jewelry stores. Jewelers are well-versed and skilled at measuring finger size and can help you understand what ring size may be the best fitting and most comfortable for you.
While there are a lot of pros to asking your jeweler to find your size, the cons are primarily ethical. Luckily, if you are uncomfortable asking for service without any intention to purchase a ring, or, if you simply don't want to leave your house there are other ways on how to find your ring size at home.
PURCHASE A RING SIZER
Ring sizers can easily be found online and shipped directly to your house for a quick and accurate measurement method. However, if you are looking to discreetly find your or a partner's ring size this may not be the best option as it may be difficult to hide the purchase from others.
DIY A PAPER RING SIZER
If you're looking for a cheap and discreet way to measure ring size consider printing your own ring sizer. To use, simply print out our pdf ring sizer and cut it out. Make a slit on the dotted line and pull the paper through so it circles your finger comfortably over the largest part of your finger (most usually the knuckle). Et voila! The number that lines up right next to the slit is your ring size.
Another discreet and cheap method, the string method entails wrapping a piece of string or twine around your ring finger and marking it with a sharpie then measuring the string with a millimeter ruler. This is a good backup method to employ but because of human error shouldn't be the first and only method of measuring ring size that you try.
COMPARE A RING YOU ALREADY HAVE TO A RING SIZE CHART
Ring size charts are a quick and effective way to find your ring size. A ring size chart is a visual representation of the standard range of finger sizes for men and women.
A ring size chart is simple to use. First, determine whether you are male or female. Then, select the appropriate gender from the chart. Next, find the corresponding finger width that corresponds with your ring size on the horizontal axis, and then read off your ring size from the vertical axis.
TIPS TO ENSURE AN ACCURATE RING SIZE MEASUREMENT
Unfortunately, even when we're doing everything right, human error can still happen. But if you're extra careful—and follow these tips and tricks when measuring your ring size—there's no doubt that your ring will fit.
MEASURE YOUR RING SIZE AT NIGHT
Fingers tend to swell and shrink throughout the day depending on factors such as heat and humidity. If you measure your finger at night your finger has had the entire day to adjust to temperatures, movement, and blood flow and will give you a correct measurement.
YOUR DOMINANT HAND IS SLIGHTLY LARGER THAN YOUR NON-DOMINANT
Believe it or not, your dominant hand is larger than your non-dominant. Why? It's because you use the muscles of your dominant hand more often than the muscles of your non-dominant hand, so those muscles get a little more exercise and therefore get slightly bigger.
If you have to measure the ring size of a finger on your dominant hand and are measuring your nondominant hand for ease remember that the measurement you find will not be the exact size of your opposite finger for this reason. When in doubt always measure the finger that will wear the ring.
HOW TO FIND A PARTNER'S RING SIZE WITHOUT THEM KNOWING
Looking to keep things hush-hush to surprise a partner with their perfect engagement ring? Try any of the following tricks!
TAKE ONE OF THEIR RINGS TO A JEWELER
If you can manage to sneak out one of your partner's rings, one of the most foolproof ways to discover your partner's ring size is to have it measured by a jeweler. If you don't feel comfortable lying to your partner or sneaking behind their back you can always utilize the same methods we outlined above to find their ring size.
ASK THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS FOR HELP
Often, a family member will know your partner's ring size simply by having bought them jewelry in the past. Plus, asking for their help is a great way to include them in the proposal process.
If they aren't sure but are close to your partner, it is less suspicious for them to do some sleuthing than you. Maybe they can browse engagement rings together and casually mention ring size, maybe not bringing up that you want to buy one soon—that way your partner doesn't feel like they've been put on the spot.
FIND THE SIZE OF A RING THEY ALREADY WEAR
If your partner already has a ring they wear often you may be able to covertly size it by utilizing a ring size chart. To measure ring size, simply place their ring on top of the circles until you find one that matches up with the inside circumference of the ring.
IF YOU GET THE WRONG SIZE IT'S OK!
If you're struggling to slip that ring on your partner's finger, don't stress. Accidents happen, and they're thrilled enough to simply be engaged to you. Your ring can always be resized, but the moment of joy and love you feel in this moment is forever.