Find Ring Sizes for Him or Her

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When shopping for rings, you will need to ensure a proper fit. A ring that does not fit properly can either become stuck, slide around on your finger, or even fall off. A properly fitted ring should slide on fairly easily when pushed over the knuckle but have a little resistance when removed. The best way to ensure a properly fitted ring is to visit a jeweler. If you are unable to do that, the tips in this article will help you determine what size ring you should buy. We will also give you some helpful hints on how you can determine the ring size of someone you plan to buy a gift for.

Ring Sizing Tips

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    Keep in mind that each of your fingers may be a different size. Measure the finger you plan to wear the ring on. Also note that the ring finger on your left hand may be a different size than the ring finger on your right hand.
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    For the most accurate fit, it is recommended that you measure your finger when your hands are room temperature to slightly warm. The temperature will affect the size of your fingers. When your hands are cold, you may get a smaller measurement. Additionally, many jewelers recommend that you take your measurement at the end of the day, when your fingers are typically slightly larger.
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    Make sure you account for the size of your knuckles when choosing a ring. As the base of your finger is generally smaller than your knuckle, you will want to choose a size that will slide over your knuckle but not be too large to be comfortably worn on the base of your finger.
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    For the best measurement, take your measurement in millimeters.
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How to Measure a Ring Finger

There are a few different ways you can measure your ringer for a properly fitting ring. As mentioned above, the best way is to visit a jeweler that can help you get an accurate size by either measuring a ring you already own, or helping you try on a few rings in different sizes to determine the most comfortable fit. If you are unable to visit a jeweler, you can also measure your finger from the comfort of your own home. For the most accurate fit, take your measurement in millimeters.

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    Use a soft fabric or sewing tape measure. Wrap the measuring tape around your finger and note the point where the tape overlaps with the beginning point. If you do not have a tape that uses millimeters, you may need to do a measurement conversion.
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    Use a piece of string, thread, or a paper strip. It is important that when you use a piece of string or thread to determine your ring size, that the material you use does not stretch. Wrap the string or thread around the finger you will wear your ring on, and use a pen or marker to note the point where the string overlaps. Leave a little extra room so that you will be able to slide the ring over your knuckle. After marking the material, measure the length from the end to your marking against a ruler or tape measure. If you use a paper strip, which is a good option since a paper strip will not stretch, you will follow the same steps as if you were using non-stretchy string or thread.
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    Use a printable guide on a jeweler's web site. Many jewelers will have a ring size guide on their website that you may be able to print out. This guide may include a set of circles in various sizes. You can get a good size estimate by holding a ring that you have up to these circles to see which one is the best match.
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Do note that when using the at-home methods above, always repeat your measurement a few times for confirmation. While these methods are designed to give you a good estimate, it is possible that you may still end up with a ring that is not a perfect fit. For these cases, you may be able to exchange the ring, depending on the store's policy, or even have it resized.

Tips for Buying a Ring as a Gift

There are many occasions on which you may decide to buy a ring as a gift, including a birthday, marriage proposal, anniversary, or even just because. If your ring is a surprise, it's likely that you won't want your loved one to know what you are planning, so you will need to do a little investigative work to keep your plan secret. Below are a few tips you can use if you need to find out someone's ring size without them knowing your plans.

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    Borrow a ring from their collection. If you can, borrow a ring from the collection of the person who will receive your gift. It will be helpful if you have noticed the finger on which they typically wear this ring, since each finger may be a different size. If you are afraid that the recipient of your gift will notice that one of their rings is missing, this may not be the best option for you.
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    Trace the inside of a ring on a piece of paper. If you are afraid or unable to remove a ring from the gift recipient's collection, take a quick moment when they won't see you to trace around the inside of a ring on a piece of paper. You will be able to take your drawing to a jeweler, or use a printable guide online, in order to get a good estimate of this person's ring size.
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  • Get help from their family or friends. Family members or close friends of this person can be a fantastic source of information. You may be able to get someone to take them jewelry shopping without raising too much suspicion. They can take note of the correct ring size, and also tell you any observations about attractive styles and colors if you haven't picked a ring out yet. Just make sure they keep your secret!

    Additional Considerations

    There are many things you'll need to consider when buying a ring, such as gemstone, metal, and personal style. In this article, we've made ring selection a little easier and less stressful by providing tips on how you can get the best fit. If you're planning on proposing to your loved one, be sure to read our article Choose an engagement ring to suit your hand, which contains additional tips on what styles you can look for that may be the most flattering. Don't hesitate to try a variety of styles and sizes in order to get a ring that you will wear confidently and comfortably. Happy shopping!


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