Updated: Oct 10, 2019
Puzzled with the different types of ring sizes and how to select the perfect size for your ring? This might just help you find that perfect ring size.
When it comes to purchasing rings, one of the most common things we're asked by clients is how to measure the perfect ring size.
Getting the wrong ring size can be frustrating with the ring spinning around your finger, having the daylight out of your finger into a muffin top, or just simply not being able to wear it. So how can you actually determine the right fit for your finger type?
Joints, Bones & Knuckles
One of the most important things to take note of when you're measuring your ring size is to understand that some structural things that we cannot change - our bones.
Ever tried squeezing a ring through your knuckles just to have it stuck? Well, that is because that ring size is too small for you.
When measuring your ring size, it is important to measure the size that can fit through the finger joint fairly comfortably and not with excessive applied force. For those with bony finger joints, it is unavoidable to have rings that might be slightly looser on the inside once you put it on. However, the exception to this situation is when you're planning to wear the ring on your finger permanently, then it is fine selecting a size that takes a little squeeze through the knuckles but sits comfortably once worn.
Pro-tip: You can purchase a ring size adjuster that is placed on the inside of your ring to stop it from spinning around.
How to determine a perfect fit for your ring size would depend on your ring wearing habits. As mentioned above, if you do not plan on taking off your ring forever, it is then okay to select a ring that gives a little squeeze through the knuckles.
But what about those who wear and remove their rings on a daily basis?
Our advise is always to select sizes that requires a slight nudge through the knuckles (but nothing that feels like bulldozing it through!) and a slight tug through the knuckles when removing.
The reason is actually to prevent losing your ring without you even knowing. One of the most common thing we hear from clients on how they lose their rings is in fact through hand washing. If your ring slides in and out of your finger on a normal basis, chances are it will slip off very easily when your soap your hands.
Width to Size Ratio
Ever encountered a situation where you purchase a thick ring in your supposed size and wondered why doesn't it fit or if it is too tight? That's because you'll have to take into account the width to size ratio when it getting thicker rings.
With every increase in the width and/or thickness of the ring, you'll have to keep in mind to order a size that is bigger than your supposed size.
As a general rule of thumb, for rings with widths between approximately 1-4mm at this thickest point, you wouldn't need to increase any size. For widths between approximately 4-7mm, you'll need to add US0.5 more onto your true ring size. And for rings between approximately 7-11mm, it'll be better if you add a whole size up onto your true ring size.
Usually wedding bands are made around the thickness of 1-3mm, so there's no need to add any more onto your original ring size. However, if you're getting a ring thats thicker than 3mm, it'll be advisable to add at least US0.5 onto your original ring size.
If you're purchasing rings online and not in person, it'll be best to understand how to properly measure an accurate ring size for the desired design to avoid disappointment or the hassle getting it replaced or resized again. Purchasing from us? Check out Stale & Co ring sizing chart here. If you're looking for your own alternative wedding bands, check out our selection here or make an appointment with us to start your journey on customising your very own wedding bands.
Till next time.