When shopping for rings, the most important factor that you need to consider is the ring size. The design and appearance of the ring come a close second. No matter how gorgeous a ring looks, you are not going to be able to wear it if it is too loose or too tight. You know you are wearing the right ring size if the ring is just loose enough so that you can put it on and take it off easily yet fits your finger snugly enough so that it will not slip off when you wave your hands around or move your fingers.
Before you go through online jewelry sites looking for rings, take a look at the right way to measure ring size, whether it is for yourself or for someone else.
General rules for finding ring size
The size of our fingers tends to fluctuate depending on the temperature as well as the time of the day. Fingers shrink and are thinner in the cold weather and early mornings and they increase in size in warmer weather and later in the day. Here are a few rules:
1. To get the right size, it is best to measure your fingers when they are warm at the end of the day.
2. If the base of your finger is thinner than your knuckle, you should measure the knuckle and the base separately and choose a measurement that is in between both.
3. Always take at least three or more separate measurements to reduce the chances of making a mistake.
4. If, after measuring, you find that your size is in between, always buy the larger size.
How to find ring size when buying a ring for yourself
The easiest and best way to determine your right ring size is to take a ring that you own which fits you well and place it over the size guide on the jeweler’s site. You cannot go wrong when you use this method.
If you do not have a ring that fits well you can measure ring size by using a non-stretchy strip of paper or string. Take the strip of paper or string and wrap it snugly but not too tightly around the base of your finger. Make a mark at the point where the edges meet around your finger. Remove the paper or string and place it on the ring size guide that you will find on the jeweler’s site. Remember, it is most important that you use a non-stretchy paper or string. If you use a stretchy material you are more likely to get a wrong measurement.
How to find ring size when buying a ring for someone else
Planning on buying a ring as a surprise gift for someone special? This can be slight trickier but not impossible. The best place to start is by asking a family member if they know the right ring size. If they don’t, you could ask to borrow a ring that fits well and use it to measure ring size using the ring size guide on the jeweler’s site.
This table will help you: