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Jewellery 101: How to Find Out Your Ring Size

Have you ever found the perfect ring online and ordered it… only to find it is too big (or too small) even though it seems to be the same size as your other rings?

Finding the perfect ring can be exciting, but ensuring it fits correctly is equally important. Accurately discovering your ring size is a crucial step in the journey of adorning yourself with a gorgeous piece of jewellery that can be treasured for years.

In this blog, we'll be addressing common questions such as how to use a ring sizer, why rings fit differently in various temperatures, and how the size of the band can affect the overall fit.

How to Use a Ring Sizer?

The first step in getting the perfect ring size is determining your ring size accurately. If you don't have time to visit a jeweller, one of the most reliable methods for this is using a ring sizer. Ring sizers come in various forms, from plastic or metal ring sizer sets to printable ring size charts.

To use a plastic ring sizer:

    Using the ring sizer tool is pretty simple, but it's crucial to pay attention to the instructions and the tips provided below to avoid any errors.

    1. Start by washing your hand with room temperature water and drying it thoroughly.
    2. Put the end of the ring sizer into the buckle and tighten it around the finger you're sizing.
    3. Adjust the sizer until it's snug enough to stay put on your finger, but not too tight that it's uncomfortable.
    4. Here's a super important step: Clench your finger while the ring sizer is on. Sometimes, the sizer might shift a bit, and that's okay.
    5. Without loosening the belt, try to slide the sizer off your finger over your knuckles. It should come off smoothly.
    6. Double-check the number on the belt to make sure you've got the right size (or half size) that the arrow is pointing towards.
    7. Consider Width: If you plan to wear a ring with a wider band, you may need to select a slightly larger size to accommodate the additional width.
    8. Repeat for Accuracy: For the most accurate measurement, you may want to repeat the process a few times to ensure consistency. Try different sizes within the range to confirm the best fit.

    Using a plastic ring sizer is a simple yet effective way to determine your ring size accurately. By following these steps carefully, you'll ensure an accurate measurement for your ring size.

    How to use your own ring to find out your ring size?

    If you already own a ring that fits well, you can use it to determine your ring size:

    1. Print out a ring sizing guide or ruler with the ring sizes marked.
    2. Place your existing ring over the circles or lines on the guide.
    3. Identify the circle or line that matches the inside diameter of your ring.
    4. Note the corresponding ring size.

    Remember, this method assumes that your existing ring fits perfectly, so double-check the fit before using it as a reference.

    Here are some other valuable tips for determining your ring size at home, along with other important considerations for choosing the right ring:

    When to Measure: Keep in mind that your finger size can fluctuate throughout the day and over time due to various factors like hormones, weather, and hydration levels. To get the most accurate measurement, it's advisable to measure your ring size multiple times during different times of the day and over several days. Ideally, measure in the evening when your fingers are likely to be at their largest due to warmth and natural expansion.

    How Should a Ring Fit? The perfect fit for a ring is one that feels comfortable for you. It should be snug enough to stay on your finger without falling off but loose enough to slide over your knuckle without too much effort. Remember that your finger size can change throughout the day, so aim for a fit that accommodates these fluctuations. Generally, it should be easy to put on but a bit harder to take off, ensuring it stays securely in place while wearing.

    Unavailable Ring Sizes: Since jewellery stores typically carry a limited range of ring sizes, you may not always find your exact measurement. In such cases, opt for the closest available size, provided it's not too far off. However, if the size difference is significant, it's best to avoid purchasing a ring that won't fit well.

    Choosing Larger or Smaller: When in doubt, it's better to choose a slightly larger size than one that's too small. A ring that's too tight can be uncomfortable and difficult to remove, posing potential issues in the long run.

    Considerations for Wide Band Rings: Wide band rings generally require a larger size due to their width. If you're purchasing such a ring, consider going up half a size in US numerical sizing.

    Dealing with Large Knuckles: If you have larger knuckles, ensure that the ring can slide over them comfortably. This is especially important for individuals with arthritis in their finger joints. Measure both your finger and knuckle sizes and choose a size that accommodates both, ensuring the ring can be comfortably worn without difficulty.

                  Why Rings Fit Differently in Different Temperatures?

                  As mentioned above - you might have noticed that your ring feels looser in the cold and tighter in the heat. This is due to how temperature can affect our bodies.

                  • Hot Weather: In warmer temperatures, your fingers can swell due to increased blood flow. This swelling can cause your ring to feel tighter than usual.

                  • Cold Weather: Conversely, in colder temperatures, your fingers may shrink slightly as blood vessels constrict to retain heat. This shrinkage can make your ring feel looser.

                  Understanding these fluctuations can help you choose the right ring size to ensure comfort in various weather conditions. Or for ring aficionados a reason to create a collection of Summer rings and a set of Winter rings.

                  How the Size of the Band Affects Ring Size:

                  The width of the ring band can also significantly impact its fit. Wider bands cover more surface area of the finger, requiring a slightly larger size for a comfortable fit. Conversely, narrow bands may feel looser since they exert less pressure on the finger.

                  How Ring Style Might Also Affect Fit:

                  Beyond the size of the band, the style of the ring can also influence its overall fit and comfort. For example rings with split bands can often fit a bit bigger than standard band rings. Also some bezel style rings may have a bit of extra room below the stone therefore meaning you can choose a slightly smaller size.

                  By following these tips and techniques, you'll be well-equipped to find your perfect ring size, ensuring your cherished jewellery pieces fit comfortably and beautifully for years to come.

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