3 Tips for Choosing the Correct Ring Size

Choosing the right ring size, whether for yourself or a loved one, can be a frustrating task. Rings that seem to fit in the morning may not fit correctly at night. And ring size can differ from one style to another. So what can you do?

Here are some tips for choosing the most likely fit:

Measure More than Once

There are many things that can affect ring size. Time of day, temperature, salt intake, and pregnancy are just a few. In order to get the best fit, measure your finger multiple times throughout the day to find a size compromise.

To measure your finger, take a piece of string, dental floss, or a thin piece of paper and wrap it around your finger. Mark the spot where the end meets. You should be able to measure it with a millimeter ruler and compare it to a ring size chart online.

Consider the Width & Shape of the Band

Depending on the width and shape of the band, you may need to size up or down. A wider band tends to need a larger size, usually a half size up.

You should also consider the inside of the band. Is it courted or flat court? Courted bands have a slight curve inside, like a “C” shape. These are designed to slide more easily, and will require a ¼- ½ size decrease so that it will not fall off. A flat court is flat against the skin, in more of a “D” shape, and will be more true to size.

If the Ring Is a Surprise

If it’s an engagement ring you are purchasing and you can’t just ask for ring size without giving it away, there are a few things you can do to ensure you get at least close to the correct size.

  • Use the string method described above while she sleeps. Bring the marked string to a jeweler, and they can use it to help you find the correct size.
  • Ask a friend or family member if they know her size. It’s possible that they have had this discussion with your loved one in anticipation of this moment. If not, they may be able to find out a little more inconspicuously.
  • If a ring is already worn on that finger, try to borrow it and bring it to the jeweler to get the right size.
  • If all else fails, bring a picture of your sweetheart to the jeweler with hands visible. Experienced jewelers can guess pretty well based on a picture and a description of height and build.

Engagement Rings in Frederick, MD

Need help buying the perfect ring? The experts at Gold Thumb Jewelry are ready to help! Our experienced jewelers can help you choose (or create) the perfect piece for your loved one. If you have an heirloom ring, we can size it to your needs. Call us today to set up an appointment!

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