When it comes to your upcoming wedding, you’ve already chosen the spouse that’s just right for you. However, there’s another important choice you’ll want to make… a wedding ring size that’s just right for you too!
Sizing your ring finger may not rank high on your to-do list right away, but it should be. Hastily measuring your finger at the last minute without taking the proper steps first could cause you to end up with a wedding ring too big or too small for you. Finding out you have an ill-fitting ring right before your big day is an unnecessary source of stress you just don’t need.
If you’re wondering, “How should I fit a ring?”, here are the steps you need to ensure you find the perfect size.
- Decide What Finger You Need to Size
Traditionally, the wedding ring has been worn on the ring finger (the finger adjacent to the pinky) of the left hand. The traditional explanation for the choice of the left hand is that it’s the closest hand to your heart. Although this is the finger that most people will want to size, make sure you’ve decided this before you continue.
2. Measure Your Finger at the Right Time
When it comes to finding the perfect wedding ring size, it’s not simply an issue of how, but it’s also an issue of when. The reason? Your ring size can vary during the day for a number of reasons, causing you to end up with a wedding ring too big or a wedding ring too small. Keep in mind,
Your fingers will typically shrink slightly in cold weather.
Your fingers will typically swell in warm, humid weather.
Your fingers can swell due to a strenuous workout.
Your fingers can swell due to an excess of sodium intake.
To get the perfect measurement, avoid eating salty foods for several hours. Make sure you’ve been indoors and have been in a room-temperature environment for several hours. This will help ensure that you have the most accurate fit possible.
3. Sizing With Another Ring
If you already own rings (such as your lab-grown diamond engagement ring) or have the ability to borrow some rings, the easiest way to find your ring size is to use them as guides. Slip each of them on and off of your finger until you find the ring that glides over your knuckle cleanly and sits on your finger without spinning. When you’ve found the ring that’s most comfortable, use our handy sizing chart to match the shape of the ring with its corresponding size. Presto! You’ve found your wedding ring size. It couldn’t be easier!
4. Take Your Own Measurements
Yet, how do you find the perfect fit if you don’t have another ring to serve as a reference? You can actually use a thin strip of paper as a reference. Wrap the paper around the desired finger below the knuckle, taking care not to wrap it tightly. Now, measure the paper in millimeters, and use the above chart to find your size. Although some people find measuring their finger with string is a bit simpler, we’ve found that it’s not as accurate, yielding a wedding ring that can be too big or a wedding ring that can be too small.
5. Visit Your Local Jewelry Repair Shop
Are you still nervous about sizing your own finger? We understand! You can always go to a local jewelry repair shop and ask if you can use their ring sizer. This process will take only a minute or two, and the trip may give you the peace of mind that you’ve chosen the correct wedding ring size.
Did you know that most jewelry stores only carry two ring sizes—7 for women and 10 for men? This means that most likely your ring will end up having to be resized, adding additional cost and extra effort to your purchase.