Wednesday, January 16, 2013

How To Measure Your Ring Size


When shopping for rings made of non-traditional metals such as titanium, tungsten carbide or cobalt chrome you lose the ability to take the ring in to a local jeweler to get it cut and resized as you would with gold, silver or platinum.  So before deciding on what size to purchase there are several factors to take into consideration when selecting a ring size regardless of ring material:
  • Climate.  If you live in an environment with varying temperature, keep in mind that fingers in cold climates will shrink and vice versa; fingers will swell in warm climates.  Some people may want to purchase a ring that feels very snug but when the weather warms up, they find it uncomfortable and difficult to remove.  Those who prefer to wear their band on the loose side, discover that when the cold weather arrives the ring becomes too loose and if gloves are worn, the ring can easily come off as well as slipping off in the shower with soapy hands. 
  • Reality Check.  If purchasing your a ring online, get your ring sized by a local jewelry store, go to 2 or 3 just to see if it’s consistent, jewelers may use different tools to measure which may cause slight variations from one place to another. 
  • Narrow or Wide.  Keep in mind that the ring band width can play a role in ring size as well.  A wide band ring has more ring surface sitting on a finger.  A size 10.0 ring that has a wide band will feel smaller and tighter than a ring that has a smaller width in the same size 
  • Comfort or Standard.  In recent years many ring Manufacturers have been making their rings using the Comfort fit interior design, which rounds the interior of the band so that it feels more comfortable to wear for prolonged periods of time.  The Standard fit rings are the traditional rings in which the interior of the band lays flat.  Many have noticed that with the comfort fit, it could feel a ¼ size larger, so if you are between a size 10.0 and 10.5 then you would want to go with the smaller size (10.0) if the band is a Comfort fit.
  • At-Home Measuring Tools.  Some online sites offer instructions on how to estimate your ring size with at home supplies such as the string method or a thin strip of paperAlthough these are a good starting point, nothing is as accurate as getting your ring measured.  These are just a good starting point for people to get a general idea of their ring size.
  • Reputable Brands and Sites.  Purchasing reputable brands will put your mind at ease because most Manufacturers offer a lifetime ring sizing program in the event you do need your ring resized.  These Manufacturers will provide you a size exchange for just a minimal fee as opposed to having purchase another ring in a different size.  In addition, reputable sites ought to offer some sort of exchange or return program that enables you to receive the actual ring in your size to try on and provide you the option to exchange it for another size if necessary or a return if the ring does suit you.
Although ring size is universal and pretty standard it may not be 100% consistent from Manufacturer to Manufacturer, but since ring size is so minute the difference may be unnoticeable.  Another useful fact to keep in mind is that ring size is the same for men and women, so unlike shoes, a size 10.0 for a woman would be the same fit as a size 10.0 for a man.  Most online shoppers decide on their style through a store or a catalogue before jumping online to find the best deals.  Remember to allow some time if purchasing your ring for an important event, such as a wedding, to ensure that you get the correct ring size for the big day!  

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