All About Ring Sizing - How To Find Your Ring Size

Have you ever fallen in love with a gorgeous ring, only to find out it doesn't quite fit as you hoped? Whether it's for a special occasion or a spontaneous treat, discovering the right ring size is crucial for comfort and confidence in shopping for and wearing your beloved jewelry.

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on finding your ring size. In this post, we'll walk you through simple yet effective methods to ensure that the next ring you slip onto your finger fits like a dream. From traditional measuring techniques to modern hacks, we've got you covered, regardless of whether you're shopping online or in-store.

So, if you're tired of the frustration of ill-fitting rings or simply want to ensure that your next jewelry purchase is a perfect match, join us as we demystify the art of finding your ring size. Let's embark on this journey together and discover the joy of wearing rings that feel as though they were made just for you!

Why Finding the Right Ring Size Matters

Finding the right ring size isn't just about comfort; it's about ensuring that your cherished jewelry complements your style and personality flawlessly. 

Ill-fitting rings can be uncomfortable to wear, causing irritation and inconvenience throughout the day. Moreover, a ring that is too loose risks slipping off unnoticed, leading to the heartbreaking possibility of losing a treasured piece. Conversely, a ring that is too tight can feel constricting and restrict blood flow, causing discomfort and potential health concerns. 

Beyond physical comfort, the right ring size enhances the aesthetic appeal of your jewelry, ensuring that it sits elegantly on your finger and becomes a seamless extension of your personal style. By finding the perfect fit, you not only maximize comfort but also elevate the overall enjoyment and longevity of your jewelry collection.

6 Easy Ways to Find Your Ring Size

Finding your ring size is easy when you have the right tools. Here are six common methods to find yours.

Visit a Jeweler

One of the most accurate ways to determine your ring size is by visiting a local jeweler. Most jewelers will have ring sizers - a set of rings in every size that you can try on your fingers. They will also most likely have a ring mandrel that you can place your ring on and see what size it is. The ring sizers will provide the exact size of any finger, and a mandrel will tell you what size your ring is. 

However, it's not always possible or convenient to visit a jeweler. Especially when shopping online, after normal business hours, or while you're in remote areas. The good news is that there are ways to get an accurate measurement without a jeweler. Read on to learn more! 

A re-usable ring sizer

You can purchase a reusable ring sizer. This is a great option if you know you'll want to purchase more rings in the future or if you want to measure more fingers. This ring sizer works like a belt. You wrap it around your finger and when it is a comfortable fit, you can read the dial and it will tell you what size ring to order. This one can be used over and over and is a great investment. 

To use a ring sizer like this: 
- Make a circle (or a ring) with the "belt-like" buckle. Slide this on your finger and tighten until the ring sizer is a comfortable fit.
- To ensure that you have the right size, try removing and placing the ring back on your finger (you'll want to make sure you can slide the sizer over your knuckle).
- Your size is where the arrow is pointing.

A Printable Ring Size Chart

Many online jewelry retailers offer printable ring size charts. You can print these charts and follow the instructions to find your size. Make sure to follow the printing instructions accurately to ensure the chart is printed in the correct scale. These charts often have images of rings that you match up with an existing ring, or lines of various lengths that you would measure against a piece of string or paper that fits your finger. We've got a handy guide you can print down below.

String or Paper Method

Use our printable ring size chart and a piece of string or strip of paper. You can print this chart and follow the instructions to find your size with a string or a thin strip of paper. 

Wrap a piece of string or paper around the base of your finger where the ring will sit. Mark the point where it overlaps with a pen or marker. Measure the length of string or paper with a ruler with millimeter markings. This will give you the measurement of the inner circumference of the desired ring size. Match the measurement to a ring size on our conversion chart to find your size.

Measure Your Existing Rings

If you already have a ring that you know fits your finger well, you can use that ring to find your size. Measure the inside diameter of the ring in millimeters and compare it to a ring size conversion chart, such as this one to the right, to determine the ring's size.

For the most accurate measurement, use a pair of digital calipers to get the inside diameter measurement of your ring. 

Diameter measurements are from side to side. Circumference is the measurement around the circle. This measurement is a little harder to get, but not impossible. You would want to use a flexible tape measure for this. 

Ring Sizing Apps

Our last suggestion is to use a smartphone app to find your ring size. If you choose this method, make sure to use a reputable app. We've tried a few apps and we feel comfortable recommending these two (no affiliation or sponsorship, these just worked for us):

  • Jewelry by Johan Ring Sizing app
  • Jason Withers app

Some apps (such as the Jewelry by Johan Ring Sizing app) measure your finger to help determine your ring size. Others (such as the Jason Withers app) allow you to place an existing ring on a grid and then use a slider to measure the ring. When using an app, we recommend measuring 3-4 times to improve the accuracy of your measurements.

Suggestions for Accurate Measurements

  • Make sure you measure the correct finger on the correct hand! Your dominant hand is generally slightly larger.
  • Rings with wider bands will fit a bit tighter. If you plan to measure an existing ring, try to measure one with a similar width to the ring you want to purchase.
  • Make sure the finger is at normal body temperature — fingers can shrink or expand when hot or cold. Seasonal changes can make a difference too. 
  • Your fingers also tend to change size throughout the day — the best time to measure your finger is at the end of the day.
  • If your knuckle is bigger, take 2 measurements and choose a size in between — the ring needs to fit over the knuckle but not be too loose or it will shift around.

What if I am Ring Shopping for Someone Else?

If you are shopping for someone else, you don’t know their ring size, and you want to keep it a secret, selecting one of the standard ring sizes may be your best choice. The average ring size for women is 6 to 7, and the average ring size for men is 9 to 10.

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