Finger size matters – Ordering the perfect size ring

Finger Size Matters

When choosing a new ring, the size of your finger will inevitably need consideration. Here are some good guidelines in finger size management to ensure you receive a comfortable fit.

Bear the right finger in mind

When considering an engagement ring, be sure it fits on the fourth finger of the left hand – aptly named the ring finger. This is where engagement and wedding rings are traditionally worn in the UK, with the wedding band generally on the inner (hand) side of the engagement ring.

Bear in mind however, that the size of you ring finger is only a tenth of the tale when it comes to wearing rings. Every finger has its own size, so best keep a record of each. When purchasing a ring, consider on which finger you would wear it and ensure the size you order corresponds.

If you’re planning a surprise proposal or special gift and need a finger size without her knowing, the best reference of measure is a ring that fits her well and on the correct finger. Any good jeweller should be able to measure it and ascertain the perfect size to shop.

Your dominant hand is larger

Whether you’re right or left-handed, the fingers on your dominant hand will almost invariably be a bit more robust than those of your opposite hand. Considering this, you might find a ring that fits the ring finger of your dominant hand is also a decent option for the other side’s middle finger. As a rule of thumb, the difference between sides is one to two finger sizes, but this varies from person to person.

Your finger size can change

Besides fluctuations in weight, the size of your fingers can get affected by water retention, excessive exercise, illness, pregnancy, aging and extreme temperatures. If you tend to bloat, consider buying your rings a size larger than what you measure on a normal day, otherwise they’ll spend far too much time on your dresser.

Broader rings fit tighter.

If you’re considering a broader ring, say over 6mm in width, the size of a finer ring is not a reliable reference. For a comfortable finger size, you’ll need to go slightly larger. Adding one size for every 3.5 millimetres of width is a good guideline, but again it varies from person to person. The ideal is to use a well fitted ring of similar width as a reference.

The perfect size needs a wiggle

A ring you can easily pull off your finger can just as easily fall off. The ideal size for your finger slips on without any pain, doesn’t squeeze the skin at the base of your finger, and slips off when you give it a little back-and-forth wiggle over your knuckle. Most people prefer the tightest possible fit for safety sake, but if removing your ring is painful, you should consider a larger size.

Any reputable jeweller should be able to identify your finger sizes, but we’ll save you the trouble. Just contact our customer service centre on 0333 043 5000 to request your obligation free finger sizer and we’ll post it to you at no charge.

What to do when you get stuck

If you ever manage to put a ring on your finger, but find that you can’t get it off, the most important thing is to keep calm. An increase in your heart rate as well as tugging vigorously at the ring will cause swelling and make things worse. Get hold of some soap and icy cold water to wash your hands. If this is not an option hand cream, or even butter, can work in a pickle. Douse your hand enough to ensure your lubricant gets between the ring’s band and your skin. Slowly rock the ring from side to side as you wiggle it over your knuckle and off your finger. It’s important to clean the ring immediately after to avoid dry soap or cream clogging underneath the stones.

Sizes vary between countries

We use the British scale for measuring finger size, but this might not correspond to what you are used to. Luckily sizes can easily be converted with a finger size chart.