(Closed) How do you deal with ring size fluctuations (heat, water retention, cold, etc)

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
2639 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

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lilsweetie:  I think you need to stick with the jeweler’s reccommendation. You’ll just have to grease your finger to get your ring off when you’re hot. I go through the same thing, but I rarely remove my rings, so it isn’t really an issue. 

Definitely don’t get your ring resized over and over! That’ll wreck it.

Post # 3
779 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2003

I have my rings sized to a 7.5. A jeweler told me I am a 7 and recommended that size. In winter, that is fine. But the humidity down here is BRUTAL. so I can’t even get on a 7 in the summer. If I feel like it’s an issue in the winter, I’ll have sizing beads put in. That’s what my cousin did To have her rings fit in the winter but not be crazy tight (or unwearable) in the summer. 

Post # 4
780 posts
Busy bee

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lilsweetie:  I just don’t wear my ring if my fingers are swollen. Doesn’t seem like it’s a tough problem to solve. My rings fit the majority of the year, but if I’m having a swollen day I just leave it in the jewelry box and put it on when it fits again. 

Post # 5
2966 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

My ring is sized at 5.75, but I think I’m going to size it down to 5.5 because it’s pretty consistently loose in the summer (and I work outside so I feel the full brunt of it). I have a pretty big knuckle so I have room in the ring even though theres no chance of it falling off. 

In the winter to keep it from moving as much I do the trick that I found here on the bee, you wrap fishing line around the back of the band. There’s no way I could explain how, but if you do a search for temporary ring sizing you’ll probably find it. 

Post # 6
45 posts
  • Wedding: August 2015

I have this same problem with my engagement ring. I can’t tell you how it works since I haven’t done it yet, but I’m think I’m going to have my wedding ring made in a half size smaller. That way when my finger is really small, I’ll have something to wear that I’m sure won’t fall off. Usually I will be able to wear them both, but if it’s making me nervous I can just take the engagement ring off. And on my really fat finger days, I can still wear my engagement ring.

Post # 7
194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I have a size 3 finger and my jeweler put beads on my engagement ring that were soltered on and can be removed as well without having to resize the ring over and over again. My finger does swell quite a bit after eating anything salty or when it’s really hot. Now that the summer is approaching I might have to remove the beads.

Post # 8
4233 posts
Honey bee


How do I handle ring size changes?

I have various rings of various sizes and wear whatever works for me at the time.


Post # 9
10570 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

My ring size fluctuates about 1/2 size throughout the year. I’m a 3.5 and my rings are a size 4. In the summer they fit perfectly but in the winter they spin. To help prevent spinning in cold weather I usually wear a spacer band or sometimes 2 spacer bands to help bulk up my rings to give it a tighter feel. 

Post # 10
6597 posts
Bee Keeper

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lilsweetie:  My fingers fluctuate in size based on several different factors. In the past, they have been as much as a 1/2 size bigger in the hottest parts of the year. I’ve been losing weight, too, which is great. But it has not been easy to figure out my current ring size.

Generally, I keep my rings sized about 1/2 size larger. I can’t stand for them to feel tight at all. Right now, I’m around a size 7 (can get it on but doesn’t feel terribly comfortable), and a more comfortable 7.5. Most of my rings are around an 8 or a 7.5. But we are just heading into the hotter part of the  year here, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens. >.O

For my anniversary ring, which can’t be resized easily or often, I currently have a sizing bump at the bottom of the shank. I’m hoping that will hold me through until I reach my final weight loss goal. But, again, we’ll see. >.O

If things are way too tight, I just don’t wear my rings at all. Not my favorite thing to do, but any port in a storm — so to speak. LOL

Post # 11
302 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2000

I have the exact same issue,  but due to fluid retention from hypothyroid.   I’m a size 4.75-5, but my finger size changes constantly throughout the day and year.   I have found that what works best for me is I have my wedding band sized at a 5 and my engagement ring at a 5.25.  If my hands are cold I put my wedding band in front to keep my engagement ring from spinning.   I wear it normal at other times  unless I am extremely swollen and I just wear one.   

Post # 12
1555 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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lilsweetie:  I don’t have too much of an issue with this, but I do have an idea.

Get your rings sized to your average summer size (larger), and then get a third band that is sized to your winter size.

During the winter, wear all three rings, with your wedding set closest to the knuckle and the winter ring closes to the fingertip so that it keeps the other rings secure. During the summer, or when it’s uncomfortable to wear the winter ring, then just wear the wedding set that fits for your larger finger size.

Post # 13
155 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - The Estate on the Halifax

This thread is what I’ve been waiting for! I had a cheap size 5.5 ring that was loose and spun a lot on me so when my FH and I made our ring I asked for a 5.25. It’s still spins and is very top heavy to where it looks like it’s hanging off my finger most of the time.. I would def size down if my knuckle wasn’t so big! I barely get it off when it’s super cold. When it’s hot, my finger swells up to a 5.25 -_-

Post # 14
1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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lilsweetie:  It takes a week to get use to but I use Ring Snuggies. Some Bees don’t like them but they work for me. I got a box at Target or Walmart (I can’t remember which, I went to both looking for them) for about $6 and there are several sizes in the box. This makes it more helpful when your fingers changes so much. I have a size 6 finger but I wanted my ring a 6.25 to help with this. I’d rather wear a cheap plastic guard to keep my Engagement Ring in place than have it resized or exposed to extreme heat several times. I think having a ring too tight looks awful! Your ring shouldn’t look like it’s strangling your finger. 

Post # 15
543 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Im about to go through my first winter with my engagement ring. Having my wedding band will make it snugger as my fingers are chubby. However my plan once we are married is for Fiance to get my enternity ring have size smaller and it will go on the outer side of my finger and hold the others on. But only if thats needed. 

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