Choosing the correct ring size is crucial when purchasing a ring, whether for a special someone or simply to treat yourself. While measuring your finger size may seem straightforward, several common mistakes can lead to inaccurate measurements. In this blog post, we’ll explore seven things that can go wrong when measuring a finger size for a ring, helping you avoid these pitfalls and ensure a perfect fit.
1. Measuring the Wrong Finger:
It might seem obvious, but measuring the wrong finger is a common mistake. If it is a surprise, you can mistakenly measure a ring your loved one already owns but wears on a different finger. Be sure to measure the finger they intend to wear the ring on, as different fingers can have different sizes.
Jewellers Tip: The fingers on your dominant hand are slightly larger than on your non-dominant hand! So don’t assume that the ring finger on your left hand will be the same size as the ring finger on your right hand.
2. Using the Wrong Measuring Tool:
One of the most common mistakes people make when measuring their ring size is using the wrong measuring tool. While a printable ring sizer can be convenient, it’s essential to ensure that it’s printed to scale and hasn’t been distorted during printing. Using a ring sizer made of plastic or metal is recommended, or better yet, visit your local jeweller for professional ring sizing.
3. Measuring at the Wrong Time of Day:
During the day your finger size will fluctuate up and down due to temperature, humidity, and other factors. Generally, when you wake, your fingers are slightly swollen but shrink back during the morning and expand gradually as the day progresses. Try to measure your finger size during the late morning or early afternoon when your fingers are at their most accurate size.
Jewellers Tip: Eating spicy hot foods can cause a slight increase in your finger size temporarily due to increased blood flow, so avoid the chillies in your lunch before measuring your fingers.
4. Neglecting Temperature Variations
As we mentioned above, finger sizes fluctuate with temperature changes. Cold weather tends to make fingers shrink, while heat can cause them to swell. Avoid measuring right after a hot shower, during a sweltering summer heatwave or on an ice-cold chilly winter’s day.
Jewellers Tip: A vigorous workout can cause your blood pressure to rise and, therefore, your fingers to swell! So avoid measuring your finger size straight after the gym.
5. Knowing Your Knuckle Size
Many people overlook the importance of measuring both the knuckle and the base of the finger. Your ring has to move over your knuckle comfortably to fit correctly. Too small, and you risk damaging the skin over your knuckle. If it is too large, your ring will spin around on your finger, and you risk losing it. Ensure that your chosen ring size accommodates both your knuckle and the base of your finger, as the difference between the two can affect how the ring fits.
Jewellers Tip: Do you have large knuckles but tiny fingers? An expert jeweller can add small amounts of rounded gold to the inside of your band to assist in gliding over your knuckle while fitting more snugly to your finger base.
6. Not Considering Ring Width
A ring band’s width can affect how it fits on your finger. The wider the design, the tighter it can feel. Wider bands require a slightly larger size to ensure a comfortable fit. When measuring, consider the type of ring you plan to purchase and consult a jeweller for sizing guidance.
Jeweller’s Tip: Your engagement ring size will differ from your wedding ring size! Due to the width of both rings now sitting on your finger, it feels more restrictive. So it’s best to size your wedding ring a half size larger.
7. Overcompensating for Swelling
While it’s essential to measure your finger when it’s not swollen, some individuals make the mistake of overcompensating by choosing a size that’s too loose. Suppose you don’t wear rings and are not used to how it feels; a properly sized ring can initially feel slightly restrictive. Overestimating your potential size can lead to a ring that slips and slides on your finger when the temperature drops, making it uncomfortable to wear. It’s essential to strike a balance between a comfortable fit and any slight swelling with warmer conditions.
Jeweller’s Tip: For first-time ring owners, guessing how a ring fits by feeling alone can confuse you. There is a minuscule 0.8 millimetres between one ring size and the next and less than half a millimetre between ring half sizes! A jeweller measures your finger using professional tools and expert know-how, so visit your local jewellery store for the perfect fit.
Measuring your finger size for a ring may seem simple, but these common mistakes can lead to inaccurate measurements and, ultimately, a less-than-perfect fit for your ring. Avoid these common mistakes when measuring your finger size, and when in doubt, consult a qualified jeweller for accurate sizing advice. By following these tips, you can ensure that your next ring purchase fits comfortably and showcases your unique style.