Little can compare with a disappointment when you buy a ring online and it appears to be too small or too large. It’s good when your seller permits returns and getting products in different sizes but it’s even better if you don’t have to deal with all this hassle. Rings you buy without preliminary fitting often turn out to be a disappointment because you failed to correctly identify your size. It’s high time to put an end to shots in the dark and finally learn how to measure your fingers.
Method One: Use Your Existing Ring as an Example
You probably already have a few rings. The first method we are going to describe involves measuring one of them and using this data for further shopping attempts. All you need to do is to take a ruler, the ring, and measure how many inches/millimeters constitute its diameter. It’s up to you how you do it:
- simply measure your ring with a ruler;
- draw a circle inside a band and determine its diameter;
- print out a ring gauge chart found on the internet and put your ring on those circles until you find the matching one.
If you opt for the first two options, you will learn a ring’s diameter (and by multiplying it by the Pi number, you’ll get its circumference as well). After that, just find these values in this chart https://www.bikerringshop.com/pages/ring-size-chart to get the correct ring size.
Method Two: Measure Your Finger
It’s ok if you don’t have any rings for reference. You still have your fingers. That’s enough to figure out your ring size.
Decide which digit is going to carry your future ring and measure it with a tape measure. If you don’t have it, a piece of thread/floss or a thin stripe of paper will do as well. You need to wrap it around your finger, measure the segment where ends overlap, and that will be the circumference of y our finger. This method may entail a minor inaccuracy singe threads are metal bands are not the same thing in terms of thickness and rigidness. To make measurements more accurate, you may want to wrap the thread around your digit a few times and then divide the resulting length by this number. Also, you need to make sure that thread coils neither cut into your finger not hang too loose.
Method Three: Ring Size Gauge
Buying jewelry online is surely cheaper but visiting actual jewelry stores comes with its own benefits. Every such place should have a ring size gauge – a plastic or metal tool to identify a customer’s finger size. It consists of dozens of rings – you put them on until you find one that fits perfectly. This is the most accurate way to learn your size.
So, you might want to invest a little more time to go to a store and ask a salesperson to measure your fingers. Then, you are able to use this information when you purchase jewelry from other retailers.
Tips to Accurately Measure Your Fingers
Unfortunately, our fingers tend to shrink and swell, and they do this trick all the time. Obviously, when it is hot and you consume too much water, you may notice that your fingers slightly expand. Vice versa, on a cold day, they will get a little bit slimmer. If you get measurements when your fingers are not in their optimal size, your ring may not fit right. The following examples show bad time for ring size measurements:
– in the morning (your body retains some water you drank last night, which makes your finger slightly swollen);
– after exercising (moving around gets your blood pressure higher; as a result, your fingers get thicker);
– in hot or cold weather.
Measure your finger size when the ambiant temperature is comfortable and you are calm and relaxed. You will get the most accurate results.
Last but not least – you should realize that your dominant hand is more developed than the non-dominant one. Therefore, its fingers are going to be slightly larger. You can’t measure a digit on your left hand and hope it fits its peer on the right side. The difference is likely to be tiny but it’s enough to ruin your ring wearing experience.
Thick and Thin Rings Don’t Have The Same Size
Well, technically, they carry the same sizes but large and thick rings always sit tighter around the finger than elegant counterparts. If you wear a thin band in size 7, a burly ring of the same size will feel too small. Always go a quarter or half a size up for rings with the shank of 5 mm wide or more. Remember, it is always easier to downsize a loosely fitting ring than to expand a tight one. However, even the most skillful jeweler is able to reduce a ring only by a couple of sizes, so choose your jewelry wisely.