Your ring is likely the most important piece of jewelry you’ll ever wear (aside from your earrings, bracelets, …, of course).
I guess not only will you want to wear it every day through all the house chores, homeschooling projects, and bread baking !!!
It’s maybe a promise ring that you want to surprise your S.O. on Valentine’s Day.
Or it’s a new engagement ring for the one you want to spend a lifetime with.
So that’s why it’s of the utmost importance that you have an accurate measure of your ring size so the ring won’t be too big and slips off of the finger when you don’t notice. Or it ends up being too small to get past the knuckle.
Check out our list of three common and easy ways to measure your ring size at home, so you can get the right piece of jewelry, whether it’s a treat-yourself gift or an engagement ring.
1. Measure Your Finger With A Strip of Paper or String.
You can measure your ring size using a piece of string, ribbon, thread, or a thin strip of paper. Take one of these measurement tools and wrap it around the base of your finger, close to the knuckle.
With a pen, carefully mark the spot where the string overlaps with its end.
Then, line that up with a ruler and take down its length in millimeters.
Use the chart to determine your ring size.
The length of the string you measured in millimeters is the circumference of your finger.
Keep in mind that string and floss can stretch, so try not to force your measuring tool too taut. If you do, your measured ring finger size may be larger than your finger actually is, and any rings you purchase may be too big.
2. Place A Ring You Already Own On A Ring Size Chart.
You can measure your ring size using a piece of jewelry that you already have and know fits you.
Download and print out a true-to-size ring size chart—like this one from Catbird—place the ring on the circles of this size chart until you find the one that matches up with the inside circumference of your ring.
3. Use The Paper Ring Sizer.
You can also download and print out the ring sizer from your computer at home. This ring size method uses a tape measure approach with specific ring metrics.
Cut out the ring sizer and cut a slit on the vertical pink line.
With the numbers facing out, slip the tip of the ring sizer through the slot.
Place the sizer on your ring finger and carefully pull taut to read the finger size.
Note: When printing the guide, make sure your print scale is set to 100 percent.
Make sure the “fit to page” box is left unchecked in order to get an accurate measurement from the printout.
- The ring should fit your finger comfortably: snug enough so it won’t fall off, but loose enough to slide over your knuckle with relative ease.
- When the knuckle is bigger than the base of the finger, measure both places and pick a size in between the two.
- The best time to measure your finger is the end of the day when your fingers are warm. Finger size changes depending on the time of day and the weather, and your fingers are actually smaller in the early morning and in cold weather.
- Also, keep in mind that fingers on your dominant hand are usually larger.
- Measure 3 to 4 times for more accuracy