How to Figure Out Your Ring Size

We get it ... rings aren't exactly things that men buy all the time. We have a hard enough time remembering things that come around every year like anniversaries and birthdays. Fortunately, it's not hard at all to determine your exact ring size. Here are two easy methods, but first, there are a couple of things you need to consider ...

Several Ever-Changing Variables Can Affect Your Finger Size

Temperature has an effect on your finger size. If your hands are cold, your fingers shrink; if it is hot, they swell. It's best to size your ring finger in a moderate temperature so that it fits when you are hot or cold.

Other things that can cause your fingers to swell include retaining water, certain foods, medication or even illness.

Fingers on Your Right and Left Hand are Usually Not the Same Size

Never assume that because you wear a size 11 on your right ring finger, it is also a size 11 on your left hand. If you do that, you could end up ordering the wrong size.

Fingers are different sizes on each hand because most people are not ambidextrous. They use their right or left hand exclusively for most things. Because of that, the hand that you use the most will almost always be larger than the other hand. As a matter of fact, your dominant hand usually has fingers that are between a half and a full ring size larger.

Now that you know those things, here are two easy ways to figure out your ring size:

Use A Piece Of String

The simplest way to measure your ring size is with a piece of string.

  1. Wrap a piece of string or thin slip of paper around your finger. Mark where the end overlaps.
  2. Use a ruler with centimeters to measure the piece of string from the starting end to where you made the mark.

    Ring Size string method

  3. Use the chart, below, to determine your ring size:
Ring Size  8 9 10 11 12
Measurement (cm) 5.85 6.1 6.35 6.6 6.85

Get Your Ring Size From A Current Ring

If you already own a ring or are buying one for someone else, it's easy to figure out the ring size if you can get your hands on a ring that already fits that finger.

Just remember that a left hand ring and a right hand ring are usually different sizes - even if it is for the same kind of finger - so your example ring has got to be a ring that already is worn on that finger. 

Here are the steps:

  1. Place a ring on top of a ruler that measures in centimeters and measure the inside diameter of the ring (where your finger would be). Make sure that it is the exact center of the ring (it will be the widest measurement on the inside of the ring).

Measuring ring diameter
  1. Use the chart, below, to determine the ring size:
Ring Size  8 9 10 11 12
Measurement (cm) 1.9 2.0 2.1 2.15 2.25

What To Do If You Are Between Two Sizes?

We recommend that if you are in between two sizes, get the larger one unless you are on a diet and expect significant weight loss. There are far more things that can cause your fingers to swell than things that can cause them to shrink.

What if I Buy the Wrong Ring Size?

If after reading this, you still end up purchasing the wrong size ring, don't worry; we'll send you a different size at no extra charge. Contact Us and let us know you need a different size. Then, send back the incorrect size ring and after we receive it, we'll send you the new size you requested.