Post # 1
Hi all, I’d like to get your input on what you think my girlfriend left hand ring finger size is… Basically I did an estimation already but just wanted to get a second opinion on what you guys thought.<br /><br />Ok so first here are some pics of my girlfriend hands, she is about 5 feet tall :<br /><br /><br /><br />The hands are not scaled exactly to the same size, they are taken from 2 different pictures, just a reference.<br /><br />Ring #1: The right hand ring finger size I measured was : 15.62mm diameter (almost equivalent to size 5)<br />Ring #2: The left hand middle finger size I measured was : 16.30mm diameter (5.75 ring size equivalent)<br />
I’ve calculated that each increase of 0.01 ring size correspond to approximatively 0.00815mm increase in diameter.
I did a google search for “left hand ring finger size difference with right hand ring finger”, the average of what I saw was : -0.64 ring size ( = -0.521mm diameter difference)<br />I did a google search for “ring finger size difference with middle finger”, the average of what I saw was: -1.1 ring size difference (-0.896mm)
So with this data I can now do estimations for her left hand ring finger size :<br />Estimation with ring #1: 15.62mm – 0.521mm = 15.10mm diameter<br />Estimation with ring #2: 16.30mm – 0.896mm = 15.40mm diameter
There is a considerable 0.3mm difference between the 2 estimation, so I am averaging both result to get a final 15.25mm and the ring size that corresponds the most to this diameter is 4.5 !
I THINK I should be pretty close to her actual size… what do you guys think?<br /><br />I know that people generally say that it’s best to get bigger than smaller, to make sure that the ring fits when you propose, but to me this isnt a very important factor, apparently i’ve also read that most girls wear an e-ring that is a bit too big. The ring I am getting is a palladium solitaire without any side stone so i know that it isnt as much of a problem to resize these but I dont know if it’s best to resize up or down? I am guessing that resizing down would be better because you are removing metal?<br /><br />Anyhow, thanks for your input all!
Post # 2
Are you an engineer? Honest question.
i would get a 5.5.
Post # 3
I should elaborate. my engagement ring is a 6.75, it fits over my middle, left handle finger (snugly). worn aloneon my ring finger, it’s roomy. I can fit a 6-6.25 ring when sized properly. The reason I prefer my rings at least 1/2 size larger is because of how snug it gets when I pair it with my wedding band.
Also, I think the ring on her left hand middle finger looks snug.
Post # 4
RastaCook: Wow, very detailed. I would err on the side of getting a larger ring, if it is too small she won’t be able to wear it and she will likely want to show it off to friends/family once you are engaged. Resizing can sometimes take a few days depending on the jewelry shop.
Is she right or left handed? Because my right hand ring finger is slightly larger than my left (I’m right handed)- so if you are basing your calculations from her ring size on her right hand it might be off.
Post # 5
What size shoe does she wear?
Post # 6
Hmm I dont know why my post is all screwed up with html tags <br> etc… and there doesnt seem to be an option to edit posts, unfortunately… <br /><br />Well anyhow, yes I forgot to say she is RIGHT handed. I took this into consideration.<br /><br />Honestly if the ring needs to take a few days at the shop it’s not a big deal, what is more important is that I dont know it terms of modification to the ring what is the least damaging procedure / better, resizing up or down? If resized up I think that could be problematic since either the metal needs to be stretched, therefore somehow affecting the structural integrity of the metal (so less durability?)… In that case I think I’d go with 4.75 to be safer? But i dont know, I know nothing about jewelry :/ If I am correct though I guess it would be best to go a bit bigger to avoid resizing up? <br /><br />@priyawouldntwannabeya , 5.5 is only .25 less than her middle finger, based on what i’ve seen that would be a pretty rare size difference between the middle and ring finger, generally it was more around 1.00 size smaller? even if we say that her left hand middle finger could be a bit too tight, maybe her true size would be a 6 instead of 5.75, then that would still only be .5 difference… I’m not saying it’s impossible, just doesnt seem like the “normal” size difference for most people… Still, her middle finger ring does look pretty snug, so now i’m thinking that 4.75 could be better…
Post # 7
If you are getting a ring with side stones/pave stones, it is easier for a jeweler to size up rather than down. Sizing down can force the side stones out of the prongs.
Post # 8
@BrideMuffin : What about a solitaire without sidestones? That is what i am getting, what is preferable in that case? Sizing up or down?
Also, not sure if this as any impact but the metal is palladium, i know most local jewelers around here do not carry any palladium ring, i think its a bit more tricky to work with, but could they resize one? I guess if they could it would only be resizing down?
Post # 9
RastaCook: I have similar sized fingers to your gf. My left hand middle finger is a solid 6. I wear a 4.25 on my L ring finger (ering finger). My right hand ring finger is a between 5 and 5.25. So the ring fingers on either hand are almost 1 full size different. I hope this helps! I am right handed.
The integrity of the ring should not get bent out of shape if you resize within a size or 2. For instance, I’ve had a size 7 ring sized down to 4.25 and it got a bit wonky. But they sized my ering from 6 to a 4.25 and it came out perfectly (it’s a solitare).
Sounds like your guess won’t be more than a size off, so you shouldn’t have to worry about a setting getting misshapen. As far as resizing up or down, resizing down is usually a tad cheaper b/c they are not adding any metal. I have read that you can resize palladium, but that it is tricker to work with. Take it to an experienced jeweler when/if you have to. Good luck!
Post # 10
Your best bet is to see if you can find a ring thats hers that shes not wearing and take it to a jewelry store they can tell you the size it is. You can also order ring sizers off the internet..you could buy one and try to see what her ring size is while shes sleeping lol …im only 5 feet tall myself and wear a 3.5 ring..however my fingers are unusually small..I would go with something in the range of a 5 and if its too big or small she can have it sized after you propose..goodluck to you!
Post # 11
This post is adorable! If your calculations are leading you to a size 4.5, consider getting a size 4.75-5 just in case. It’s always better for her to be able to slip a too-big ring on than have it be too small!
Also, are you purchasing the setting locally? It may be hard to find a jeweller that can work with palladium, so make sure you have a local bench jeweller that will, in case you’re ordering online.
Post # 12
I agree with other posters that it’s better to go bigger just to be safe. My fiance had no idea what size I was. He bought a 6.5 and it sized down nicely to a 4.5 which is my actual size.
Post # 13
I’d get a size 5. The last thing I would want is an e ring that is too small on me and that I couldn’t wear right away!! If it’s a little big she can still wear it!
Post # 14
If get the 5. You can always get it resiZed or get little sizing balls put in later! Also, this is adorable how calculated you are about this. A solitaire with side stones means many different things. Rings with stones all down the band are more difficult to size than those with plain bands and just a couple side stones around the main stone
Post # 15
RastaCook: I don’t know why, but I think this post is adorable! I love the effort that you’re putting into this ring, and your method of research is exactly how I research info. I think everyone else has posted some good info for you.
I’m 5’1-ish and my ring size is 4.5. I would say my middle left finger is probably 5.5-6 depending on th weather, but I have a finger sizer at home that I’ll be able to confirm the size later on if you’d like. To be on the safe side, I’d definitely go for the size 5.
I’d also take the ring’s band width into consideration and the fact that it will eventually be paired with a wedding band. Usually the thicker it is, the tighter it may feel so the 5 could be fine as is.