Although there is no such thing as the “perfect fit” when it comes to rings, proper ring sizing will provide you with the best and most comfortable fit you can achieve.
Your ring should fit your finger comfortable and snug enough so that it will not fall off, but loose enough to slide over your knuckle.
More specifically, a ring should offer enough resistance, 2-3 seconds worth, to get the ring over the knuckles when being removed by the wearer.
HOW IS A RING SIZED?
When a ring is sized down a small portion of the bottom of the shank is cut out and the remaining sides are soldered back together.
When a ring is sized up a small portion of gold or platinum is added into the shank. The seam is then polished and refinished to seal it and make it look like one piece again. The video below will show you exactly how it is done:
Ladies and Men’s sizes are numerically the same (ex. size 5, size 12). The difference between ladies and men’s sizes typically is the width of the band. Traditionally ladies rings have narrow or thinner bands, men’s rings tend to be wider.
Women’s rings typically range from size 3 to 9. The most commonly purchased women’s ring sizes with a Size 6 is the most popular woman’s ring size.
Men’s rings typically range from size 8 to 14. The most commonly purchased men’s ring sizes range from size 8 to 10-½, with 9 being the most popular ring size for men.
THE PERFECT FIT:
You can stop reading here if you are looking for a guarantee, because when it comes to rings there’s no such thing as a perfect fit. But when done properly one can get close!
For many men and women, a ‘good fit’ simply means ‘comfortable most of the time’. There are always days when rings are too tight, and days when they’re a little loose.
The culprit is the ever-changing width of our fingers driven by changes in temperature and time of day. As your hands get warmer and they day progresses they tend to increase in width and thus create a tighter fit.
If you are anticipating wearing a valuable ring for years to come, it’s worth getting size-measured MORE THAN ONCE, by several different jewelers. Measure finger size 3 to 4 times to eliminate any erroneous reading.
Avoid using string or paper or any other online printable tools to measure ring size as these materials can stretch or twist, yielding an INACCURATE measurement.
The best time of day to be sized is from mid to late afternoon, when most people’s fingers tend to be at their largest stable size of the day.
If you are considering a wide ring, use a wide sizer or have your jewelry professional compensate for the tighter fit when the ring is ordered or made.
BUYING A RING AS A SURPRISE?
Ask your significant other’s friends or their mother if they know her finger size.
You could also borrow one of your significant other’s rings and use that ring’s measurements to determine the proper size. You MUST ensure that you are using a ring worn on the SAME finger!
Using a mandrel, or ring-stick, a professional jeweller will be able to get the proper measurements in a matter of seconds! It is your best option to ensure the best fit ahead of time!
Your other option is to simply purchase the ring and have it properly sized afterwards at a local jeweler.
Should you have any additional questions about this or any other jewellery related topics, you can always: “Ask the Jeweller”
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