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Ring Sizing “Hacks” to Get the Perfect Fit!

Ring Sizing

Buying a ring that doesn’t fit is a common mistake, but it can be a gigantic hassle. If the ring is too large, it might come off and get lost, or it will slip sideways and look awkward on the finger. If a ring is too small, it can be uncomfortable and cut off circulation – if you manage to get it on at all!

It is no fun whatsoever for your fiancé to be forced to give a ring back for a few weeks to get it resized, so before you know how the resizing process works, you should first know how to gauge ring size. Hopefully, if you do it right, you won’t have to worry about resizing at all.

Hacks to Gauge Ring Size

Unfortunately, there’s no exact science to sizing a ring properly. The general rule of thumb is this: a ring that fits well is one that goes on the finger easily, but comes off with a bit of difficulty.

It is unlikely you can tell someone’s ring size by just looking at his or her hand. The only sure fire way to get the size right is to do some digging, to go under the radar and find out their ring size.

Here are a few tricks to snag her ring size without your her cluing in!

  • Ask one of her friends. They can help you guess the size, or ask HER what size she wears, and deliver the information to you!
  • Borrow another ring she regularly wears. Be sure to take note of which hand she wears it on!
  • If you’re worried about her missing a borrowed ring, take 5 minutes to trace the inside and outside loop of the ring on a piece of paper.
  • For a rough ballpark, you can also compare fingers when holding hands! Is her ring finger larger or smaller than your pinky?

What To Know About Resizing

Let’s say you did manage to get the wrong ring size. Now what? There are a few options. The first, of course, is to hire a professional jewelry to alter it. If modified by a professional jeweler, most rings can be altered by at most two ring sizes.

Making a ring smaller is easier than making it larger – the process of downsizing is actually pretty simple. All the jeweler has to do is cut a chunk of the band and weld it back together. Voila! A smaller ring.

Whenever a ring is professionally resized, it should be perfectly polished and look just as pristine as it did before the jewelry altered it.  

Some rings cannot be resized. These are:

  • Titanium Rings
  • Tungsten Rings
  • Stainless Steel Rings
  • Eternity Rings with gemstones around the entire band
  • Rings With An Invisible Tension SettingRing Sizing

Tricks To Make That Ring Fit!

There are some cases in which resizing the ring is not really an option. For instance, if the ring is a family heirloom that has not been modified for generations or if the ring has a special engraving on the band, resizing is risky or even impossible.

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If this is your dilemma, do not fret. There are options out there to help the prized piece of jewelry feel perfectly snug on that finger. Here are all the hacks you need to attain (and maintain!) the perfect fit:

Sizing Beads – A jeweler can easily solder on two metal beads on the bottom of the ring. They serve as a wedge between the ring band and the finger and help to prevent the ring from spinning to the side.

Fold-Over Device – A fold-over device is essentially a small metal bar soldered to the bottom of the ring to make it fit properly. It is also an easy fix for jewelers and it may be more comfortable than sizing beads.

Ring Snuggie – You can find these online or at many different retail store. They are basically little pieces of silicon that you wedge between your finger and the ring to make it fit. The ring snuggies do work, however, many complain that they lift the ring awkwardly off the finger, which doesn’t look as nice.

Spring Insert – A spring insert is usually made of white gold and bears a horseshoe shape. It is installed into the inside of the ring band and serves the purpose of keeping the ring tight and snug. It is comfortable and affordable, and most people prefer them over sizing beads.

Food Grade Silicone – Buy food grade silicone and make your very own homemade perfect fit. This requires a little bit more craftsmanship than the other options, but it yields great looking and effective results. Basically, you put the desired amount of silicone on the ring to make it fit to your size. This looks better than the ring snuggies and can be easily peeled off from the ring.

Hopefully, you’ll be able to do some digging and find out exactly what her ring size is, but if something goes awry just know that there are other options out there. There are affordable, effective ways to make a ring fit.

Want to learn more about picking the perfect ring? Check out our new How To Buy An Engagement Ring guide!