One of the most common questions people ask before getting a ring made is, how do I know what size I need? Figuring out what size your ring needs to be can be a bit of an art, and if you want your new ring to fit well there are a few things that you need to take in to account.
By far the best way to find your size is to go to a jeweller and have them measure your fingers for you. They will have sets of steel sizing rings which you can try on and get a feel for how the ring will fit on your finger.
If you are in Wellington, I am happy to meet with you to measure your ring size. Contact me to arrange a time.
Things to Consider
How warm are your hands?
When your hands are warm (such as when you've been exercising, carrying shopping, or just after you wake up in the morning) your fingers swell slightly from extra blood flow, and can be a little bit larger than when they are cold. Ideally, you want your ring to be tight enough that it won't fall off your finger when you're cold, but not so tight that it cuts off the circulation in your finger when you're warm. It's usually best to have your fingers sized when they are warm.
How wide is the ring?
Are you going to be wearing multiple rings on the same finger?
Just as with wider rings, if you're wearing more than one ring on a finger they're going to feel tighter. Take this in to account when measuring your ring size- you might want to bump one of them up a size to make them fit more comfortably together.
Number sizes or letter sizes?
I generally make my rings in letter (UK) sizes, which are the standard in New Zealand. Below is a conversion table between the different measurements of ring sizes. You can also use this to compare the measurements of a ring you already have.
How to measure your ring size at home
Although it's best to get a jeweller to measure your size, if you can't get to a jeweller it is easy to work it out at home.
The most common methods are:
Using a ring you already have
If you already have a ring that fits you well, you can measure across the inside diameter of the ring with a ruler and compare your measurement to this chart. Make sure you're measuring across the widest point and try to be as accurate as possible.
You can also use this website to measure the size of a ring you already have.
The Paper Strip Method
1) Cut a strip of paper to approximately the same width as the ring.
2) Wrap the strip of paper around your finger. If you have larger knuckles, make sure it's able to get over your knuckle.
3) Mark with a pen where the paper overlaps, to measure the circumference of your finger.
4) Unwrap the strip of paper from your finger, and measure the length to the spot you marked.
5) Compare your circumference measurement to this chart.
Click here for more detailed instructions on how to measure your ring size at home.
This ring is going to be a surprise for someone!
Yay!! We love surprises! If you're getting a ring for someone else and you don't want them to find out, try one of these methods for finding their size secretly:
Ask their friends and/or relatives
You might be surprised by what they know!
Borrow one of their rings
Maybe they have a ring lying round that they wear already? Borrow the ring if possible, and measure the inside diameter, as described above.
The Paper Strip Method
Some people have used the paper strip method (as above) while their partners are sleeping to secretly find their ring size. Ninja skills an advantage with this one.
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