Size Matters: The Ins and Outs of Ring Sizing
When it comes to engagement rings, everyone is so eager to talk about carat size and style that smaller but equally important details get overlooked. The size of the ring is just as important as the other variables, but not many people know how complicated the process of sizing can be.
There’s a lot that goes into finding the size that’s “perfect” for your ring, but with our tips, you’ll be a professional ring buyer in no time.
Perfect Won’t Always be Perfect
When it comes to rings, there is no such thing as a perfect fit. Our bodies change on a daily basis. With hormone fluctuations, temperature changes, and even the food that we eat, our bodies can change. Our finger size expands and contracts regularly because that’s just the way our bodies work.
That’s why ring sizing is really more of a personal preference than an exact science. It’s all about how the fit feels to the person who will be wearing the ring everyday, and that’s why it’s important to try on the ring personally and multiple times before making the final purchase.
Keep It Professional
Don’t leave the final sizing as a DIY project. The ring should be sized professionally. Size needs are dependent on multiple variables, and a ring-sizing professional will have the best advice for how to size based on style and ring shape.
The benchmark for rings, though, is that it goes on with relative ease and comes off with little difficulty. Trying multiple sizes will give you a good idea of the fit you want.
We know that many people like to keep their engagement rings a total surprise to future spouses. If you’re buying the ring in total secrecy, it’s best to size up. It’s almost always easier for a ring to be made smaller than larger, if resizing is necessary.
Not all hands are created equal. Unfortunately, some fingers are just harder to size than others. Some people have knuckles that don’t naturally protrude, so the ring size they require needs to be a bit snugger.
Others, however, have knuckles that are, just naturally or because of arthritis, larger and require a band to be larger or even have special features that keep them on tight.
When Forever Really Is Forever
For most standard engagement rings, sizing and having to resize later won’t be too much of an issue. However, some special ring styles require the perfect sizing initially and are difficult or impossible to size later. If you aren’t sure, ask your jeweler if the ring is sizable later and get his promise in writing.
Tension set rings and eternity rings, for example, are difficult or impossible to resize later without having to forge an entirely new ring or destroying a design element.
Metal and Width
The metal and the width of the band are important variables when thinking of sizing.
As a rule for width, the wider the ring is, the tighter the fit will be. When you’re sizing for a ring, be sure to test with a band that is the exact same or extremely similar to the actual ring in width.
Different sizing will cause different needs for resizing down the road. For example, silver tends to stretch over time. If the design elements aren’t as involved as the ones we’ve mentioned in the above section, this won’t cause too much of a problem. Just realize that the longer the ring is worn, the more likely it is that it will need to be resized in the future, if it’s silver. Not all metals act this way, however. When in doubt, just ask.
Do you need help with sizing your engagement ring? Come to Reiner’s Fine Jewelry.
At Reiner’s, you can create and size the custom engagement ring of your dreams with our professional help.