After many hours spent looking for an engagement ring you finally found The One. It's just as it should be. You already chose the material and the gemstone. You could just hit the 'purchase' button but... you don't know the ring size. And now what to do? In this article you will learn what are the methods of measuring a ring size and how to execute them, and how to achieve it in secret. But firstly, an important question: on which finger should an engagement ring be worn?
In most countries around the world, US, UK and Canada included, the ring is worn on the (surprise surprise) ring finger of the left hand. The ring finger is the fourth one, between the middle finger and pinky. There are countries where engagements ring are worn also on ring fingers, but on the right hand, e.g. in Poland. It's noteworthy because usually fingers of the dominant hand are slightly larger. This being said, it's just tradition and engagement rings can be worn on whichever finger you want.
If secrecy is not a problem then by far the best method of measuring a finger is to go to a local goldsmith who has specialized tools for that. But that's rarely the case with engagement rings, isn't it?
If you want the engagement to be a surprise, the local goldsmith can still be your best option. He can measure a ring that's actually worn by your future fiancee on the right finger. For that you'll need to steal that ring - at least for the time you need to run to the goldsmith and back.
If you live in a small town and there's no goldsmith nearby, don't worry. You can still measure the stolen ring size by yourself, using calipers. If you're not sure how to read the measurement, you can take a photo of the calipers and send it to the goldsmith that will make the ring.
What if there's no goldsmith, no calipers or you couldn't get a ring? There are other methods. They might be less precise, but if everything else fails they are a pretty good method. With a bit of practice and luck, you can get the size right :)
You can ask for help. This idea comes from one of my clients who wanted to buy a ring for her friend. She invited her to get their fingers measured just for fun. You might ask a friend or relative of your SO to take your future fiancee shopping and try on rings for fun or pretending to buy a ring for someone else.
The last method will require some dexterity from you. You can measure the ring size during night, when your love is asleep. Cut out a strip of paper and wrap it around the right finger and mark the overlap with a pen. And have a story prepared to explain what are you doing in case your love wakes up during the procedure :) The length you marked off will be the inside circumference of the ring and can be measured with a ruler.
Cut a piece of paper 3-5 mm wide and ca. 10 cm long. Wrap it around the right finger, not too tightly - don't use any force. Check also around the knuckles, some people have thin fingers but big knuckles and that has to be taken in consideration when choosing a ring size. On the photos the ends of the paper strip are not perfectly on top of one another to show where they overlap. When measuring make sure they overlap the best they can to resemble a paper band. Then mark the place where they overlap with a pen.
You can also use ready made ring gauge sets, which are very precise - but if you're caught using them, you're gonna have a hard time making it sound like you don't plan to propose in the near future :)
Is there anything more to know?
After the wedding engagement rings are often worn next to the wedding band or on the other hand or just worn occasionally. The first option is great if the two rings fit to each other - you can find such matching wedding bands to our chevron engagement rings in our shop.
When choosing wedding bands it's best to have your rings measured at a goldsmith. There are two types of ring gauges, wide and thin. Thin ones are great for rings, while wide ones (on photo) are better for wedding bands.
What about different ring scales? What ring scale should I use?
Many countries use different ring scales. The most popular ones ar the US scale (e.g. US 7 1/2), UK scale (e.g. P) and German/Swiss (eg. either 54 or 14) which is used in most European countries. If you're not sure which is used in your country and you'd like to order abroad, it's best to use inner circumference which is recognized worldwide. You can also use a conversion chart, like the one below:
What if I choose a wrong size?
If you order in my shop then worry not. I resize my rings for free, the only cost is shipping. I did it numerous times as those mistakes are quite common and the difference between the real ring size and the ordered one can be quite spectacular. So don't worry :) Making a ring bigger is usually not a big deal, while sizing down will require using high temperatures which some gemstones are sensitive to. In that case, a gemstone must be first taken out of the ring and set again after the size is right. It's all doable :)
If you have anymore questions or are unsure about anything, please write me a message - I'll be happy to help.