How to get the correct ring size
Updated: Jul 1
The best way to get an accurate ring size is to go to at least two jewellers and ask them to measure your finger.
There are many ring mandrels and they are all calibrated slightly differently - even 1mm will make a different in sizing rings. Most jewellers will use a Wheatsheaf mandrel, which is what I use.
Another option is to buy a plastic ring sizer online and take a measurement from that - but remember to tighten it to what look roughly the right size then place the sizer on your finger, starting from the tip and move it down, rather than closing it from the base. Make adjustments as necessary so it's not too loose / tight and move it up and down your finger. This is because the ring will need to get over your knuckle, and for many people this will be bigger than the base of your finger.
Methods such as tying string around your finger and trying to match it to a print out ring sizer will not give you accurate results and you should avoid this.
If you are buying online, the only really accurate way of getting the correct size is to buy a cheap non sentimental ring and send it to your jeweller and they can take the size from that and return it with your order.
A ring that is 6mm wide or more will need to be 1/2 to 1 size bigger - this is because it needs to take the fleshy part of your finger into account, so a little bigger will be more comfortable. You can ask a jewellery to measure with a wider ring sizer so it's accurate.
Make sure you measure your finger at different times of the day as fingers may be a different size in the morning to what it is in the evening. For some people, fingers will also usually be bigger in summer when the weather is hot rather than winter where the fleshy part may contract.
There are many jewellers selling their fantastic designs online so the quickest and most accurate methods would be to buy a cheap ring and send it to whomever is making your ring. If you are buying from a different country, you may find this ring conversion helpful.