Find Your Ring Size
Is there anything worse than getting a ring in the mail, only to discover it doesn't fit? Well, don't worry. This article will walk you step-by-step on how to find your perfect ring size, all from the comfort of your home.
Tips for the Perfect Fit
There are a few easy ways to measure a finger for ring size. Keep these expert tips in mind to make sure you’re getting the most accurate size possible:
- Consider your knuckle. If your knuckle is bigger than the base of your finger, measure both places and pick a size in between the two.
- Confirm accuracy with multiple measures. Finger size changes depending on the time of day and the weather. Your fingers are smaller in the early morning and cold weather, so it’s best to measure your size when your fingers are warm at the end of the day. Measure three to four separate times to find the most accurate size.
- Remember that the fingers on your dominant hand are usually larger. Measure the finger you intend to wear the ring on.
Now you are ready to get started. Here are the two most common ways to measure your ring size at home.
Ways to Measure at Home
Option 1: Use string or floss
Take a piece of string or floss and wrap it around the base of your finger. Mark where the string or floss first overlaps with a pen. Then, line that up with a ruler and take down its length in millimeters. Keep in mind that some string and floss will stretch if pulled taut. Keep the string or floss loose, but flush against your skin to get an accurate measurement.
Option 2: Use paper
Cut a strip of paper no wider than ¾ of an inch. Wrap the paper around the base of your finger. Mark where the paper first overlaps with a pen. Then, line the paper up with a ruler and take down its length in millimeters. Although this process is virtually the same as using string or floss, paper will not stretch, reducing the chance of an incorrect measurement.
Find Your Size
Now that you have your length, you are ready to determine your ring size. Find the closest corresponding ring size to your measurement in the chart below. If your measurement falls between two sizes, choose the larger size. Once you find your ring size, you’re ready to shop!
|Ring Size||Length||Ring Size||Length|
|Size 3||14 mm||Size 3.5||14.4 mm|
|Size 4||14.8 mm||Size 4.5||15.2 mm|
|Size 5||15.6 mm||Size 5.5||16 mm|
|Size 6||16.45 mm||Size 6.5||16.9mm|
|Size 7||17.3 mm||Size 7.5||17.7 mm|
|Size 8||18.2 mm||Size 8.5||18.6 mm|
|Size 9||19 mm||Size 9.5||19.4 mm|
|Size 10||19.8 mm||Size 10.5||20.2 mm|
|Size 11||20.6 mm||Size 11.5||21.0 mm|
|Size 12||21.4 mm||Size 12.5||21.8 mm|
|Size 13||22.2 mm||Size 13.5||22.6 mm|
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Resizing Your Ring
Even when you make an effort to ensure you’re buying the right size ring, it’s possible you might need to make adjustments. The ideal fit can be a personal choice and ring size can also change over time. Here’s what to consider if you want to have a ring resized.
Can all rings be resized?
There are a few factors that can impact ring resizing, such as the metal and the style of the ring. Gold is the softest metal and the easiest to resize, although plated gold cannot be resized. Platinum and sterling silver, while much harder metals, can also be resized most of the time. Stainless steel requires a very high melting point, and many jewellers avoid resizing it. Tungsten cannot be resized because it’s too brittle and doesn’t bond properly.
For plain metal bands, the resizing process is simple. An eternity band with diamonds or gemstones, on the other hand, cannot be resized because the process would involve adding or removing individual stones and it’s difficult to get a precise size. All rings are unique, so a consultation with a jeweller is the best way to find out of your ring can be resized.
How is a ring resized?
The process for resizing a ring varies with the ring style and whether you want it sized up or down.
To size down, the jeweller takes a small portion of the band out and solders the two ends back together. Soldering is a process in metalwork where a piece of metal alloy is heated to its melting point and used to join two pieces. Once it cools, the metal will form a solid bond. After soldering, the ring is cleaned and polished, so it looks as good as new.
To size up, it depends how much larger you need the ring to be. If you want it a half size bigger or less, a band made out of a flexible metal like gold can be stretched. If it needs to be more than a half size bigger, the jeweller will cut the band and add a “bridge” of the same type of metal the ring is made of. Then the jeweller will use either the solder method or a laser depending on the metal and whether there are gemstones set in the ring. Finally, the ring’s shape is restored, and it is cleaned and polished.
How long does it take to resize a ring?
The actual process of resizing a ring depends on the style of the ring and how complicated the resizing process is expected to be. As for how much time you should account for being without your ring, a jeweller can give you an exact time frame based on their schedule and workload, but it is generally around a week or two.
How much does it cost to resize a ring?
The cost of resizing a ring depends on the style and metal. If it is a simple gold band, it’s more straightforward and will therefore cost less. Consult a jeweller to find out exactly how much it will cost to resize a particular ring.
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