(Closed) Cold fingers and ring size

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
1458 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

You definitely don’t want it to be shaken off your finger EVER! It depends how much your fingers fluctuate based on temperature… my size changes like crazy based on temperature, what I eat/drink, and time of day. When my fingers are smallest, I can’t shake off the ring at all, but I can easily pull it off. When my fingers are biggest, the ring is a little snug but I can pull it off with some effort. I think this works out well, but I wish it would just fit perfectly at all times! Just make sure you can’t shake your ring off, because that’s asking for a disaster!

Post # 4
2493 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have the same problem! My ring size is about 0.75 too small in the cold and 0.25 too hot when I wake up/have swollen fingers. It sucks.

I ended up sticking with having a ring that fits most of the time (i.e. when at home, school, dressing, etc it fits perfectly) and when I know I am going outside for long periods of time I either put it on a necklace or chuck on a wrap/filler/guard (depending how long I am going).

I would suggest getting your ring to fit you when your hands are “normal”. In the winter, when you will be cold quite often, you can wear a ring wrap to size it down temporarily, rather than having to resize it again in the summer when it will constantly be too snug.

Post # 5
11418 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I personally would rather have my rings be a little too loose than too tight. My fingers are swollen in the morning (sometimes I can hardly get my rings on), in the summer, and when I go to the beach, but later in the day or when the weather is cold, my rings easily spin sideways on my finger. I would never want my rings to be so loose that they literally could just fall off my hand without my knowing. However, I would hate for my rings to be any tighter than they are when my hands are swollen.  That would be very uncomfortable. Also, if you are ever planning to try to have a baby, you should consider that your fingers likely will swell when you’re pregnant.

Post # 6
2442 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I agree.  Get your ring sized to fit your fingers when they are “normal”. You don’t want the ring to be uncomfortably tight when it is hot and you don’t want to lose your ring because it is so loose when it is cold.  

Post # 7
487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I prefer rings to be a little loose than tight. I have recently bought wedding rings for myself and my fiance and despite the fact they’re quite wide bands they’re both loose on us. I’m going to wait til summer to decide whether to have them resized or not before the wedding though (September) as I would not be able to bear a too tight ring. If it comes to it, I would prefer to wrap a bit of thread around the bottom to keep it in place during colder times than have it so it’s tight in the summer.

Post # 8
1149 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada

Your rings should never be so loose that you can shake them off! Is your ring fairly new? I ask because it will feel a bit tight the first couple of weeks when you are getting used to it (i was wearing a size 6 and am now wearing a 5.5 but am thinking of going down further as it still feels a bit too big at times) as long as you don’t have marks on your finger or a muffin top from your ring it’s not too tight. It also depends a bit on the size of your stone as a bigger stone will weigh down your ring and that way will make it easier to loose it if it is too big.

Post # 9
705 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Right now my ring is driving me INSANE because it’s so loose.  It spins all the time but the worst is when I am typing or embroidering and my stone frequently flops over so it’s palm down.  I decided not to get it sized down though–it’s not going to fall off and since I live in Texas, it’s only cold for 3-4 months out of the year.  I was sized when it was a bit more normal outside and it fits fine unless I am cold.  I am thinking of getting sizing beads.

Definitely go for what you’re going to experience when it’s cold.  Maybe go .25 or .5 up from the perfect cold size so that it fits ok when warm but won’t fly off when it’s cold.

Post # 10
730 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I went with the cold-fitting ring size, and I’m happy I did! 

Post # 11
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I have the same problem – my fingers swell when I’m too warm, and shrink when I’m cold.  My ring fits perfect when I’m comfortable, but then gets a little loose when I’m cold and a little tight when I’m warm (though I only notice the tightness if I’m trying to take it off – I don’t notice it on my finger being tight!).  Finding the right “size” is very tricky!

Post # 12
243 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Boy I’m glad I found this thread! My ring is a size 5 at the moment but last winter it came off while I was I looking for something in the cupboard! My finger swells too in the mornings so it fits perfectly then but when its cold… boo..

I think going down 1/4 or 1/2 a size to your normal ring size would be the best option since you mentioned you’re in a colder environment more often than a warmer one.


Post # 13
14661 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’d go with right in between or just a little toward cold fitting.  I’m cold 4, warm 4.5 and my ring is a 4.5.  I’d size it down to my cold size, but I’m leaving room for pregnancy weight gain size and post weight gain or redistribution since I know what will happen to my body after.  I dont want to size it down, and then end up not being able to wear it.  For now I just put a sizer on in the winter.

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