Glossary: Comfort Fit
When it comes to choosing a ring, fit is one of the most important factors to consider. While most wedding rings have what’s called a standard fit, many newer designs are made with a comfort fit. Here’s what you should know about this intriguing design feature.
- What is a Comfort Fit Ring?
- History of Comfort Fit Rings
- Differences and Similarities to Other Ring Fits
- Benefits of Comfort Fit Rings
- Choosing the Right Comfort Fit Ring
What is a Comfort Fit Ring?
As opposed to the standard fit, a comfort fit ring has a domed interior where the metal makes contact with the skin. This feature enables the ring to easily slide over the knuckle, creating a snug fit while reducing friction, so you can comfortably wear the ring every day.
History of Comfort Fit Rings
Comfort fit rings first emerged in the early 1900s, but their popularity skyrocketed in the 1970s. This rise in popularity was fueled by the advent of new technologies that made the creation of comfortable, stylish and durable comfort fit rings a possibility.
Differences and Similarities to Other Ring Fits
There are primarily two types of ring fits – the standard fit and the comfort fit. Standard fit rings have a flat interior, which may be uncomfortable for individuals with larger fingers. Comfort fit rings, on the other hand, have a curved interior that rests more comfortably against the skin.
Benefits of Comfort Fit Rings
Comfort fit rings come with an array of benefits, including:
- Increased comfort: The curved interior design of a comfort fit ring reduces friction, making them more flexible and comfortable than standard fit rings.
- Reduced risk of ring damage: The rounded interior of a comfort fit ring protects the piece from rubbing against objects, reducing the likelihood of damage.
- Improved appearance: Comfort fit rings create a seamless look, enhancing the aesthetics of the wearer's hand.
Choosing the Right Comfort Fit Ring
Choosing the right comfort fit ring involves several considerations, including:
- Size: A correctly sized comfort fit ring is paramount. Too small, and it becomes uncomfortable; too large, and there's a risk of it slipping off.
- Metal: Comfort fit rings are made from a range of metals – gold, silver, platinum, to name a few. The choice of metal is generally influenced by personal preference and budget.
- Stones: Comfort fit rings can be adorned with various stones, from diamonds and gems. Again, the selection depends on personal preference and budget.
- Sizing: When shopping for a comfort fit ring, understanding size adjustments is crucial. For instance, comfort fit sizes are generally a half-size smaller than standard fit sizes.
In terms of sizing, there are specific sizers specifically made for comfort fit rings. This is the safest bet – as sizing with a standard ring sizer will not yield the right size.
A common misunderstanding is that a ring should glide effortlessly over the knuckle. Keep in mind, however, that a ring should rest beneath the knuckle, not on it. Hence, sizing a ring merely to pass smoothly over the knuckle might result in a loose fit.
We recommend the "Flex and Rotate" technique for sizing your ring:
- Position a Comfort Ring Sizer over your knuckle.
- Slightly flex your knuckle.
- Rotate the ring off your finger.
If you attempt to remove the ring by pulling it directly back over the knuckle without a twist, the ring might snag on the skin, leading to inaccurate sizing. The right ring size should offer a little "pushback" when taking off the ring. We suggest wearing the sizer on your finger for 10-15 minutes to truly gauge the comfort level of your selected size.
Bear in mind that certain factors can influence how a ring fits on your finger:
- Climate: Fingers may change size throughout the year, swelling during warm and humid summer months and contracting during the cold, dry winter. If your fingers are somewhat swollen or cold, make sure your hands return to room temperature before sizing.
- Diet: Consuming alcohol or salty food can temporarily affect the size of your fingers. Some people may notice their rings fitting differently after a meal with high salt content.
- Ring width: Rings with a broader width might be less comfortable due to occupying more space on your finger. Even though the ring "size" remains the same, it can feel tighter because of the increased width of the ring.
For those unaccustomed to wearing a ring, the initial sensation might be one of constriction. After a few weeks of consistent wear, however, you'll likely stop noticing the ring on your finger.
Care and Maintenance of Comfort Fit Rings
Taking care of comfort fit bands or rings involves regular cleaning and careful handling to maintain their luster and minimize wear and tear. Regular professional cleaning is also recommended. Certain metals may require specific cleaning methods, so always be sure to inquire with a John Atencio consultant to learn how to keep your ring looking fantastic for decades.
Searching for a distinctive ring that fits comfortably? Visit any nearby John Atencio jewelry store location, and our experts can help you find and purchase a comfort fit ring that perfectly matches your style. Let our courteous team show you how to select a stylish comfort fit wedding band or ring or a unique wedding band with an attractive inlay to honor your walk down the aisle.