Looking to buy a ring for yourself or a special man in your life? Besides knowing their style preferences, the next important factor to consider is their ring size.
In the U.S., the most common men’s ring size is 10, which translates to around 19.8 millimeters in diameter. But men’s ring sizes can vary from size 6 to 20, so how do you know what size to order for your ring? For that matter, are all rings sized in the same way?
Ring sizes and how they are measured vary from country to country. While you may wear one size in the U.K., your sizing in the states may be different. Thankfully, though, conversion charts are available to ensure you order the right size. When you’re hunting for the perfect ring for an engagement or wedding band for the man in your life, there are a few ways to ensure accuracy.
Firstly, check if the jeweler offers a ring sizing guide to get an idea of what standard they use. Then, as long as the ring isn’t a surprise (like a Mangagement ring), the easiest solution is to just ask for his size, or use a size gauge to accurately measure his ring size.
How to Measure
To find his exact ring size, print out our ring size chart, which includes a convenient cutout sizer. Just wrap the sizer around his finger to discover his size. If the ring is a surprise, you may need to be stealthy. Ask friends. Borrow a ring that he already owns and measure it. Or even take your best guess. Thankfully, most jewelers will resize your ring if you guess wrong!
Sizing, however, won’t change based on ring styles. Although some rings may seem to fit differently, the size remains the same across styles.
The width of a ring doesn’t affect its diameter, but it will affect how it looks on the finger. The wider the band the shorter a finger may appear.
For men who typically have bigger hands and longer fingers, wider bands may be a great choice. However, if his hands are smaller or his fingers are shorter, a wider band may not be appealing. And, of course, he may not like a thicker band.
The average men’s ring width is 6 millimeters. He may want a wider statement, or he may decide to go thinner. Width depends on preference, style and his hand size.
Bands can be domed (also known as “comfort fit”), seemingly squared off or flat. The domed band is the most classic. However, flat or square bands are more modern choices. Some flat bands may also feature a rounded edge for a hybrid design.
The color of the metal obviously doesn’t affect how a ring fits, but it will affect how the ring looks on the hand. Dark rings stand out on the hand; so a ring made out of a material like black ceramic is going to look much more striking than a muted hue. Certain metals hues may also look better with his complexion, or he may just like the look of a certain metal better than another.
Warm gold metals like yellow gold or rose gold may flatter warmer undertones, while light metals like platinum, white gold, silver or palladium may flatter cooler complexions.
While 10 is the most common ring size in the U.S., it’s important to remember no two hands are alike, which means do a little investigation to make sure your ring fits you on your S.O.’s finger! And remember, “size” is just one factor when it comes to picking a ring! You should also take into account width, which may affect how a ring looks on the hand, and other style elements such as the shape and metal.