How To Choose Your Wedding Ring Size

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.

  1. 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.

Santa Christmas Napkin Ring

Materials:

  • Sculpey® III Clay – Lime
  • Cardboard Paper Towel Tube
  • Craft Sticks
  • Blunt Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Toothpick
  • Oven (for adult use only)
  • Wax Paper
  • Sculpey® III Clay – Red Hot Red
  • Sculpey® III Clay – White
  • Sculpey® III Clay – Beige
  • Sculpey® III Clay – French Blue
  • Sculpey® III Clay – Hot Pink

Instructions:

  1. Cut the paper towel tube into 2-inch thick rings. Knead each clay bar until soft and smooth. Roll Lime clay into a thin sheet. Use the craft stick and ruler to cut a 2 1/8-inch x 6 3/8-inch Lime strip and wrap around the paper towel ring, being sure to blend the seam at back with fingers.
  2. Roll long, medium thick Red Hot Red and White ropes of equal length. Place ropes next to one another and twist together to create peppermint stripes. Roll the ropes against the work surface to create one long rope, at least 13-inches long. Cut the rope in half and wrap one piece around the top of the napkin ring and one around the bottom.
  3. Roll Beige clay into a thin sheet. Use the craft stick to cut a Beige oval for the face; press to napkin ring. Roll small French Blue balls for eyes and press to face; press toothpick into the center of each eye. Roll larger Hot Pink balls for cheeks and an even larger Beige ball for the nose; press to face.
  4. Roll White clay into a thick rope and press flat. Cut sections for hat trim and beard. Roll a small White ball for the hat pom pom; press flat. Set aside. Roll the rest of the Red Hot Red clay into a thin sheet and cut a skinny triangle shape for Santa’s hat. Press to the napkin ring above the head. Press White hat trim to the head and bend the hat tip down as shown. Press the pom pom and beard to the napkin ring. Use the toothpick to make “dots” in all the White pieces.
  5. ADULT:  Bake all pieces at 275° F (130° C) for 15 minutes per ¼-inch (6mm) of thickness. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT exceed the recommended temperature or baking time. Children using clay should be supervised at all times. All baking should be done by an adult. After baking, allow to cool.

Tips

Start with clean hands and work area. Good working surfaces include a glass or metal surface, disposable foil or wax paper.