One of the most important parts of wearing a ring is how it fits on your finger! If it is too big, you can lose it, and if too small, you may not be able to actually wear it. Over 25 years of measuring my client’s fingers, I have come across some things that can bring some confusion to ring sizing, and I’d like to clarify a few things!
· Your Hands are Different Sizes: Just like the rest of our bodies, our right and left hands are different sizes. Usually, your dominant hand is the larger one, while the other one is slightly smaller. This means that the ring you are sizing to fit on your left ring finger will not fit on your right ring finger. Mostly, it is a half-size difference, but I have seen as much as a full size. I have had clients expect that they can wear the ring on the same finger of either hand, but that is not the case!
· Our Hands can Swell: Just like the rest of our bodies, our hands will swell when we get hot or are working out which can make a ring hard to get off or on. That is why it is important to not measure your finger for ring sizing after you have worked out or are swelling due to heat or other factors. When the ring is finished, it will just be too big, and you’ll have to wait a longer time in order for the jeweler to re-size it. With that being said, please expect your rings to fit tighter in the summer months or working out! It’s normal!
· Knuckles: Some people have more prominent knuckles with a smaller base of finger. In those cases, I tell my clients that we need to size it so that it is more snug going over the knuckle so that it fits more comfortable at the base of the finger. Other people have a smaller knuckle than the base of their finger. In those cases, I tell my clients that the ring should fit comfortable yet snug at the base of the finger because without a prominent knuckle to stop the ring from slipping off the finger, you can lose it.
· It Depends on the Width: Just like how the cut of a pair of jeans can affect the size you wear comfortably, the width and design of the ring can affect the size of a ring. For example, my right ring finger is a size 5, but if the ring is wide, the ring should be sized to a 5.5 or 6 depending on how wide the ring is. Another thing to consider is that when you measure your finger, it is done with a perfectly round sizer. Some rings sit off the finger and have a lot of open work on the underside of the stones. That means you can generally go ¼ size smaller to account to for the extra room your finger has.
Measuring your finger to size a ring isn’t always straight-forward! There are things to consider which an experienced jeweler can help you with. Don’t worry about the number, but pay more attention to how it feels on your finger. Sometimes, it takes a few tries to get it exactly right.
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