Put A Ring On It, But Size It Correctly!

Bright Bird PhotoAs many beautiful ring designs as there are, there are just as many variations to our fingers. There are long and narrow fingers, short and stubby fingers, wide knuckles, no knuckles, fingers that graduate in size and so on. When shopping for rings, or even if we have a ring that doesn’t fit anymore, it is usually not a problem to get it sized.

First of all, it is very easy to measure one’s finger size. Any jeweler should have a finger sizing tool that helps to determine (to the closest half size) what one’s finger size is, and she or he should gladly measure your finger for free. It is worth while writing this number down and keeping it handy when shopping, or when eventually placing that online order.

Though knowing your finger size (and perhaps that of your partner) is worthwhile, it is important to point out that our fingers do change constantly. Not in major leaps, but over time we may gain weight or lose weight, and this affects our finger size. Even in the course of a day you may see changes from morning to evenings. Weather may also cause changes. In winter, our fingers tends to shrink and in summer heat, expand.

This is not to say that there should be cause for concern in getting your finger sized accurately; rather it’s just a tip to help you be aware that your finger size usually fluctuates slightly up or down, so you’ll want to settle on a comfortable size. As such, it might be wise to get sized two separate times to maintain accuracy.

I recommend that a good size for a ring is one in which when it settles comfortably around the base of the finger with slight space for wiggle room. A ring that is too tight may be difficult to remove, or may cut off circulation. Make sure the ring is relaxed, but not too loose to fall off.

Also, the width of a ring will make a difference on the size you’ll need. The wider the ring, the larger a ring size you will need. For instance, a size 6.5 ring that is 4mm wide, may need to be stepped up to a size 7 in a 5mm wide ring. So do take into account the width of the ring sizer in the store relative to the actual ring you plan on purchasing.

Though a ring you may love in a store showcase can be sized to your finger size within one to two sizes up or down, it is usually better to have a ring custom made to your size from the start. Once the metal needs to be sized more than two sizes, it can compromise the prongs or channels holding any stones.

It is just as easy to get a ring sized in silver as it is in gold or platinum, the only difference may be in price. Though it probably best to have a ring sized by the same jeweler the ring is purchased from, this may not always be possible. In these cases, you may need to find a jeweler who does “repairs” on items which are not a part of their regular inventory.

Either way, it is important that you trust the shop with whom you work and ALWAYS request a detailed receipt of any item you leave behind.

Finally, note that there are dozens of different ring sizing charts worldwide. Make sure you are being sized with a US sizing system and that your ring is being made through a US sizing system.

Photo by Bright Bird Photography


In his 25 years experience in designing and creating engagement rings and wedding bands, Rony has dedicated more than a decade of service toward helping same-sex couples translate their sentiments of commitment into meaninful custom rings, symbolizing their unique love.