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How to Find Someone's Ring Size

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How to Find Someone's Ring Size

Choosing the correct ring size is a fundamental step in the jewelry buying process. A poorly sized ring can be uncomfortable and, in certain instances, hard to resize. We’ve assembled this informative guide to help you measure or estimate the right ring size for your special someone. 

How to Find Ring Size

If you spend some time on the internet, you will see a number of tips and tricks that can help you estimate ring size. The best way to get a perfectly accurate measurement, however, is to visit your local John Atencio store, where our knowledgeable jewelry experts can determine the right size for your engagement ring or wedding bands. If you can’t make the trip or want to purchase a ring as a surprise gift, you could try to determine the proper ring size on your own; however, it’s generally best to avoid guessing so you won’t have to resize the ring later.

If you want the ring to be a surprise, you can try locating an existing ring that fits well and then bring it to John Atencio, where our jewelry experts can use it to help determine the right size for your new ring. If you can bring the person with you, a John Atencio expert can use a finger-sizing gauge to determine an accurate ring finger size. These special tools are marked in whole and half sizes. The narrow-finger sizing gauges measure fingers for narrow rings such as narrow bands or solitaire rings (up to 4 mm in width). The size of a ring finger is typically recorded in millimeters to ensure a very precise and comfortable fit.

Ring Sizing Tips

The average ring size in the U.S. is 6, but this will vary a lot based on the individual person’s build. To ensure an ideal fit, there are some considerations you should make when choosing a ring size:

  • Always account for the width of wedding bands or “stackable rings.”
  • Use an existing properly sized ring on the finger that you would like to measure.
  • Be sure the ring will fit snugly enough to stay on but loose enough to remain comfortable and fit over the knuckle.

Since some people have differently sized ring fingers on either hand, it’s important to remember that engagement rings and wedding bands belong on the left-hand ring finger, while fashion rings can be worn on either hand.

Ring Resizing

When rings don’t fit a finger well, they may need to be resized. A jeweler can typically resize a ring in only a few hours; however, it can take a few weeks if the ring has an intricate setting or is especially delicate.

If you just can’t seem to get an accurate idea of your partner’s ring size, it's generally best to purchase a ring a bit larger. This is because sizing down is usually less complicated than increasing a ring’s size. Since jewelers have to add more material, it also tends to cost more to make a ring bigger than to reduce its size.

At John Atencio, we craft our beautiful ring designs in standard stock sizes. We find that this sizing is typically a good fit in most cases. In most cases, we can size our rings up or down 1 ½ sizes from our stock sizes. If a ring size is beyond the 1 ½ up or down rule, we can custom create the ring at our production facility to ensure a perfect fit. 

Our experts can show you how to choose the exact right ring size and match the right metal and precious gem. Make an appointment at one of our convenient locations to meet with our attentive, knowledgeable team.