How to find out your ring size and tips on wearing rings

Top left - finger measuring set to find out your ring size.

Top left - finger measuring set to find out your ring size.

How to find out your ring size.

The best place by far to get your finger measured is at any jeweller.   They will be able to do this for you for free.  Take into consideration the width of band that you want, wide bands need slightly larger.  My Lotus wedding rings are thin rings and can be ever so slightly smaller.  When you take on and off rings your fingers will start to swell so give your fingers a break to go down and double check the size.  The ring should slide on and feel comfortable.

Weather effect on ring sizing.

Remember to account for the weather - hot weather makes your fingers swell, so rings will be at their tightest.  Take into consideration the seasons where you live.  If it is often cold, have the ring to fit securely when your hands are cold.  

How do I convert from USA ring size to Australian?

You don’t need to convert your ring size - I have ring sizing gauges in all the different countries so I can make the ring to the size of your country - just let me know your normal size. For an idea of your size in other scales refer to my guide below.

I have never worn a ring!

Many guys wear a ring for the first time when they get married, and it takes some getting used to.  Often they are uncomfortable with the correct size and chose larger - only to lose it not long after (like my husband!). Try to get used to the ring and if it really feels strange, go for a lower profile or narrower band so you notice it less.

Wide rings.

For wide bands consider a comfort fit (curved inside edges) to make putting on and removing the ring easier.  Also these take more getting used to if you have never worn a ring.  Be sure to have your finger sized with a wide ring measuring set.  Wide rings are often half a size larger than your normal ring size.  

Layering rings.

The more rings you stack up together the tighter they often feel, as more of your finger is being moved.  Using a “spacer ring” or plain band in between rings is a good way to help them sit better together if they are not sitting straight.

Finger shape.

How rings fit depends on your fingers - some people have larger knuckles and the ring can be tight to go over there but loose once all the way down.  Other people have more straight fingers.  

I don’t like my fingers!

Please do not deprive yourself the joy of wearing rings if your are self conscious of your fingers!  It breaks my heart to hear that!  Your hands tell the story of your life and if you have a fabulous ring, no one is looking at your fingers anyway! 

My ring is too loose.

Loose rings can be “held” on with a smaller sized more secure ring on top.  Top heavy rings will spin around if they are a little loose.  You can bring your ring to a jeweller to resize your ring.

Removing tight rings.

I find the best way to remove a tight ring is to hold it either side and wiggle it side to side, “walking" it up the finger.  This avoids squeezing all your finger up and making the ring harder to remove.  Impossibly stuck rings may need to be cut off by a jeweller (which is completely safe and the best way to remove it with as little damage - don’t leave it to the hospital, who will do a terrible job of preserving the ring!)

Arthritic fingers.

You can still wear your rings if you have arthritis!  If the joint is large but finger smaller, you can add a hinge to your ring so it can open and close around your finger, or simply make the ring open at the back.

Avoiding irritation.

I recommend taking your rings off at night, just to give your fingers a rest underneath - even using a Platinum ring for my wedding ring set I had irritation around my rings from the soap and water that often got trapped there.  If you can’t remove them easily then be sure to dry around them carefully every time you wash your hands. 

Cleaning your rings.

Try to clean your rings every so often with warm soapy water and a toothbrush - this will remove any dirt trapped behind, making your gemstones sparkle like new and preventing any irritation.

I am pregnant and my rings don’t fit me!

Ah the havoc it wreaks on our body!  I recommend removing your rings if they start to get tight, you can continue to wear them around a chain on your neck.  Also, don’t rush to resize your rings after a baby, give yourself time to adjust to your new post baby body!

How can I find out the ring size for a surprise?

You can ask a jeweller to measure the size of a ring you know fits already - especially handy for any surprise gifts!  But remember each finger (and hand!) is a different size so make sure they wear it on the correct finger.  Or can you enlist a friend to get them to try on a ring?  They could use a simple silver band and say they ordered it but it doesn’t fit them - I am sure you can get creative!  Another great option is to present them just with the gemstone you were thinking of using and having her be part of the design process.

I can’t get to a jewellers to have my ring sized.

If getting to a jewellers is not possible for you, I can send you a ring size gauge to measure your finger.  I do not recommend using string or trying to measure a ring as you have to be very accurate and string stretches easily.

Common sizes.

The most commonly sold ring size for ladies is size N or USA size 7.

For men it is size U or 10 USA.

Midi rings are often 3-4 sizes smaller than your usual finger size.

Made to order in all sizes!

The beauty of handmade rings is that I can make them to any size - especially the sizes you do not find easily in the shops!  Tiny ring sizes to large, there is no upper or lower limit!

Can my ring be sized?

Yes most rings can be resized, but not always easily - ideally you should get the right size to begin with.  But our bodies change and it was much better to keep wearing a ring you love, so get it adjusted instead of wearing and uncomfortable ring!

Not all rings can be resized - rings with stones all they way around cannot easily be sized.  It is also risky to resize a ring lots of sizes which has gemstones as the settings may become compromised.  Delicate stones and large stones can be difficult too.  Invisible settings are especially hard - often only a specialist jeweller will take them on.

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