Whether you are looking to purchase a ring for yourself or you are looking to purchase an engagement ring for your significant other, it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to ring size. Ring size can seem slightly more daunting than shopping for clothes or shoes. Here is a quick guide that encompasses everything you need to know about ring sizing and how to find the optimal size that works for you or your special someone.
First, generally speaking, the US, Canada and Mexico, follow the same standard ring sizing and way of measuring rings. Standard ring sizing for the US, Canada and Mexico is measuring the inner circumference of a ring in millimeters. These millimeter measurements translate into standard ring sizes, ranging from 0 to size 16. While there are different ways of measuring the millimeter circumference, such as using a piece of paper, string or metal sizing rings jewelry shops often use, they all aim to achieve the same thing–finding the correct ring size that provides the person with an optimal fit.
Typically, women’s ring sizes fall between 3 and 9, with size 6 being the most common. Men usually fall between size 8 and 14, with 9 being the most common ring size. Rings can also typically be sized in half or quarter sizes, depending on the jeweler.
It is important to take some things into consideration when sizing a ring. First of all, you may not know that your finger size can fluctuate depending on the time of day and how cold you are. Your fingers will size smaller at the beginning of the day and if it is cold outside. It is recommended that you go to a jeweler or size your finger in the evening if possible to take into account this fluctuation. Also, if you are getting your ring size measurement in the winter, account for the summer months when your finger size will go up.
How tight is too tight? Largely, optimal ring size is a matter of preference. Some people like their rings looser while others prefer a tighter fit. Some individuals choose to leave their rings on night or day, shower and everything in between, whereas others take their rings on and off. Talk to your jeweler about your preferences to ensure that they take them into account when selecting a ring size.
While fit can be left up to preference, jewelry experts say that the ideal ring fit is one that goes on smoothly, but offers some resistance when you try to pull it off. Ideally, you don’t want the ring too tight that you can’t take it off, but you don’t want it loose enough to the point that it might fall off your hand.
If you are unsure of what ring size is right, start by talking to an expert jeweler. At Master Jewelers, we can help you pick the perfect fit. We also offer ring resizing for rings that are too big or too small. We want you to have a ring that is comfortable and that you are proud of. Contact us today to get started!