Getting the right ring size

How to ensure a perfect fit

Before you purchase a ring, you'll need to decide on the size you want. Your ring should be tight enough that it will not come off your finger inadvertently, but not so tight as to be uncomfortable.

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For most people, there are several ring sizes between uncomfortably tight at one extreme, and obviously too loose at the other. This means that there is some degree of subjectivity to the question of what is the right size. Some people simply liking to wear rings tighter than others. For this reason, your jeweller can advise you, but ultimately only you can say what size feels best to you.

Measure your finger more than once

Finger size can change with time of day, temperature, exercise, and other factors, so you need to look for a good compromise: a ring size that will work for you whether your hands are hot or cold, never way too loose or painfully tight. For this reason we recommend that clients get their finger size measured more than once, ideally at different times of day and ideally on both cold and warm days.

Allow a bigger size for a wider ring

The wider a ring is, the tighter it will feel. If possible, use a sizer ring of a similar width to the ring you plan to buy when measuring your finger size.

D-shape versus court band profilesCourted bands feel looser than flat bands

Court bands and flat court bands, which are gently curved on the inside (known as comfort-fit in the US) are design to slide over the knuckle more easily than the more traditional D-shape profile, which is flat on the inside. As a result, you may wish to have a fractionally smaller ring size if you're having a ‘courted’ band.

Buying a ring as a surprise

There are a number of ways you can improve your chances of getting the size right, or at least very close to right, without actually measuring her finger.

Firstly, if you’re confident that they can be trusted not to blow the surprise, you could try asking your partner’s close family or friends whether they know his or her finger size. In the UK we use an alphabetic scale of ring sizes, but you can use our ring size conversion table to convert from other scales if necessary.

If you’re lucky, and they already wear a ring on the correct finger, try to borrow it. If you can bring it in, it would best if could measure it for you. If that’s not possible, you can use our ring sizing chart to estimate its size. 

Remember that the size of your partner’s left hand ring finger may well be different to their right hand ring finger (usually smaller if they are right handed, and bigger if they are left handed), and will almost certainly be smaller than any of their other fingers other than their little fingers.

If you’re unable to get any tips from friends and family, or measure an existing ring, please talk to us – we’re very experienced in 'guesstimating' finger sizes based on information about somebody’s height and build.

Complementary resizes

Don’t panic if in the end your ring isn’t a great fit. Ingle & Rhode offers one complimentary resize with every ring (with the exception of certain bespoke designs*). Please contact us to arrange for your free resize.

*We will let you know in advance if a design you wish to commission will not be resizable.

Sizing beads

Sometimes, the shape of somebody's finger can mean that the ring size required for a ring to pass over their knuckle is too big once the ring is on. This can result in the ring feeling loose and turning easily on their finger. If you find this applies to you, the best solution is usually to add sizing beads (small 'domes' of gold or platinum) to the inside of the ring. These allow the ring to pass over the knuckle, but stop your ring feeling loose once it is on.

At Ingle & Rhode we are specialists in creating ethically sourced engagement and wedding rings, we only use conflict-free and traceable Canadian diamonds with Fairtrade gold or recycled platinum. Visit our London showroom to discuss your needs in person.

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