Whether you plan to order your class ring, engagement ring, wedding bands or special fashion rings, you want to be sure you know the proper size. If you have no other rings that fit the finger in question, then follow these guidelines at home to determine the correct size.
Printable Size Charts
Before you do any sort of measuring, find some ring sizing charts online and print them out. You can see a large selection of sizing charts here. Due to the vagaries of digital rendering and printer translations, you probably should print out several charts against which to compare your measurements. Print both the numerical columns for mathematical calculation and the circle guides for visual verification. If you need to sneak a measurement so the ring will be a surprise, carry a sizing chart on you. Then, when an opportunity arises, select a ring your beneficiary already wears and compare it to the chart. Be sure to mark the size so you don’t forget!
Cut a short piece of string, about 3 or 4 inches long. Wrap the string around the finger you want to measure and mark with a pen where it overlaps itself. Cut off the rest of the string. Now measure the length of the string in millimeters. Inches work, too, but millimeters have smaller divisions and will be more accurate. Using your charts, find your length in the left millimeter column and follow the row to the right until you find the size according to your country. For instance, 55 millimeters will be a U.S. size 7.
Using the paper method, you’re going to make a paper ring. Cut a paper strip about a quarter- to half-inch wide and about 5 or 6 inches long. Now, cut off a small piece of clear tape, and trim it lengthwise if it’s wider than your paper strip. Wrap the strip around the finger and tape down the outer end to form the ring. Gently slip the ring off your finger. If you can’t get it over the knuckle, try again but make it slightly looser. Once you’ve created the paper ring so that it fits snugly but also moves over the knuckle without much effort, place it on the circular chart. Compare it to the sizes until you find the circle that matches the paper ring perfectly. You can also cut it and measure the length as you would a string.
Twisties and Wire
Using a twist tie or thin wire, you can measure in the same way as either the string or paper method. You can either cut to the right length or create a ring.
Keep in mind that if you are in doubt, it’s better to go a half size larger than any size smaller. Most jewelry retailers from whom you buy the ring will happily size it down, but sizing up requires the addition of metal and entails more work. Never measure when you’re cold or unusually swollen. You want a ring that neither slips off under normal circumstances nor constricts the finger.
The Best Method
If you want to skip the hassle of these DIY methods, just come by Worthington Jewelers for a professional sizing. We have all the tools to make sure your rings will fit perfectly with no guesswork involved, and the process only takes a few minutes.
At Worthington Jewelers, we would love to help you find your ring size. Please stop by our store today and speak with our friendly and professional staff. We are a family-owned and operated store serving the Columbus area since 2000 with one-of-a-kind jewelry for a lifetime of beauty.