It varies. They say it should go on in one second, and take 3 to take off (need a little twisting and tugging to get off). Jewelers seem to sometimes like it even tighter than that. I never go by the jeweler’s recommendation as they seem to really like muffin top looks. Some seem to also think you should HAVE to always need to take it off with soap and water.
I have been sized anywhere from a 5 to a 5.5. However, I have a larger knuckle and I HATE the feeling of a ring dragging across it. I take them off for the gym, running, sleeping, housework, going into water, etc so it is important they feel okay coming off. I hate having to “tug” a ring off. I despise muffin top or feeling like my circulation is cut off. I can get crazy swelling – like after a run (I don’t wear my rings running, but when I put them on after), overnight, and in the summer. I swear my finger swells up a whole size. I have never had my finger sized when it is that much bigger but I am positive it is more than a size bigger than my biggest sizing, as my 6.5 rings even can feel a bit snug.
I like my rings to fit more like bracelets than snug rings. I love spin, clanging, moving, shifting. I like my rings to basically fall right down to the bottom of my finger against the webbing. This gives me more room in the summer. I also like to stack and/or wear wider rings which take up more room so fit “tighter” on the finger and over the knuckle (wearing more than one ring also tightens things up).
I have had two rings cut off (they were a 5.25 comfort fit) and it was a horrible experience. I have had ring claustrophobia ever since.
I also have this big fear I will get arthritis in my knuckle one day in the far off future and not be able to wear my rings (or resize them due to their style as many jewelers won’t touch them) or rejig them for my fingers with lockshanks, etc. I want to wear them as long as possible – and hopefully forever!
So, I wear my rings bigger, as in a full size or more bigger. They fit just right when my finger is warm and more swollen, and are really loose in winter and when finger is cold so they move around a lot up and down, side to side, etc, but I just stick bandaids or medical tape inside shank or wrap string around it to tighten it up if that is the case so they do not slip over knuckle. My knuckle is a bit bigger so prevents them just sliding off as long as I got some string or bandaids onthere.
My jewelers hate it. I need to CONVINCE them to make me my rings in a 6.5+ (I often avoid them even trying to size me at all) and they look at me like I am crazy and get worried but I just CANNOT deal with tight rings. But I also hate constricting clothing, etc.
I think it is best to get sized for your SUMMER ring size, and just deal with looseness in winter using ring snuggies, sizing balls, and so on.