Determining the right ring size for you or a loved one is one of the most challenging parts of buying or designing a ring. There are many factors that can slightly change the size of your ring, making it too snug (or maybe even too loose). Some people have heard that a woman’s ring size is the same as her shoe size. This is not simply not true! Whether you are trying to find out your partner’s ring size to propose, or you want to buy a fabulous ring for yourself, getting the accurate ring size is crucial.
In this article, we’ll tell you how to find the right ring size for you or a loved one. If you already have a ring that doesn’t fit, we’ll also tell you how to get it resized so that you can wear it for years to come.
How to Determine Your Ring Size
Before we discuss how to find out the correct size, let’s describe what the perfect ring fit should feel like, specifically an engagement ring. Your engagement ring should be snug enough so that it’s difficult to push over your knuckle, but not tight enough to be uncomfortable. If your ring isn’t tight enough, it may spin around on your finger, especially if it has a heavier gemstone.
It can be difficult to determine your ring size, as there are many factors that contribute to sizing. Before purchasing or resizing your ring, keep the following key factors in mind to ensure that you get the correct ring size:
When is the Best Time to Measure Your Ring Size?
You want your body temperature to be normal and natural to avoid fingers being swollen. It's best to avoid strenuous activities, extreme weather conditions, drinking hot cocktails, and eating salty foods prior to measuring ring size. The middle of the day at room temperature is the ideal time for an accurate, comfortable fit. If you have swelling and your fingers change in size often, you can visit your jeweler on a few different days to get sized and use an average measurement.
How Can You Measure Your Ring Size at Home?
This is a hit-or-miss way to get a ring size. If you must, there are many size guides available online that feature both diameter and circumference for each ring size. You can also print a guide and place a ring finger ring directly on top of the images to find a matching diameter and ring size that lines up perfectly. However, while both of these methods are useful, the most accurate finger measurements are always taken by a jeweler.
Tips on How to Resize a Ring
Do you have an engagement or wedding band that doesn’t fit anymore? Don’t worry—it’s possible to resize it! If you already have a ring and it no longer fits, the following are key tips to help you get the ring resized:
Get A Customized Fit
Some people have such an enlarged knuckle that it seems impossible to wear a ring. An experienced jeweler can help you get a comfortable fit (with no spinning) by using specialized sizing tools to determine the difference in size between your knuckle and the part of your finger where the ring will be worn. Pierre Plante is an expert in this—we call him “The Lord of the Rings!”
If your knuckle is enlarged, some of the options Pierre may suggest are:
Resize a Ring with Cliq Technology
Another option that allows for a more accurate ring sizing is to get a tailored fit with Cliq technology. This type of hinge-and-latch ring technology allows you to wear your precious rings comfortably and without spinning, even if you have enlarged knuckles. You will hear a “click” sound that lets you know your ring is securely closed.
If you want more information about Cliq technology or ring resizing, our jeweler professionals at Plante are happy to discuss. Plante Jewelers in Swansea has been a trusted partner in designing custom jewelry since 1905. Whether you need to find the perfect ring size or resize a ring, we can help.
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