(Closed) Ring fit: How did you decide on the right size?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I think that if it’s hot your fingers swell a smidge, so I don’t know when you went to get measured.  You can get a ring guard put on for CHEAP ift’s a weather thing.

Post # 4
1505 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Sounds like you need to drop down a little bit.  Thin bands can fit more loosely.  Maybe dropping .25 is ideal, but it’s ultimately up to you.

Post # 5
8164 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@NoOneYouExpect:  Is the placeholder ring the same width as your actual ring? Because the wider the band, the tighter it will feel. So if your actual ring has a wider band or if you mentioned soldering your engagement & wedding rings together, that would explain why they suggested you get a 7, yet a 7 with a thinner band is too large. Also, the PP is correct about weather affecting ring size. Plus most people’s hands are larger at night than in the morning, and some people’s hands swell when they’re stressed. With that much variety, it is better to have the ring slightly too big rather than slightly too small, because it could easily become much too small and get stuck. 

Post # 6
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

My ring is a size 6, although I’m probably closer to a 5.5.  I wanted the slight extra room for when my fingers swell (I’m also left handed – my fingers swell if I’ve done a lot of handwriting that day).  My test was to wave my hand up and down with my fingers straight out.  If the ring doesn’t fly off – I’m good.

If your ring is free spinning and falling off without any effort, it sounds like it’s too big.  Perhaps try a 6.5?

Post # 7
1478 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC

I got one of those ring guards and quite frankly it was a pain. It would always move and at times scratch my face, it was also clearly visible. My ring spins and it can get loose in cold weather but im so conscious of it now, I notice as soon as it is happening. 

I think ring sizing is tricky. In the summer your fingers get bigger so you dont want it too small and in the winter they get smaller. When you have a stone rings tend to spin as they can be top heavy. 

I’d go to another jewelers and get a second opinion

Post # 9
2734 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Sizing can be tricky…my knuckles are significantly larger than my fingers so I size my ring super tight over my knuckle and after it’s really comfortable on my finger. My rings do spin but they don’t come off because of my knuckle garding them. My fingers swell in the morning and when it’s warm. I’m glad my rings are loose enough to accomodate for the swelling. They never feel too tight. My knuckle is a size 5 and my finger is probably a size 4ish…

For those with knuckles about the same size as their finger…I’m not sure. If you wear a wedding band or multiple wedding bands with it, they will feel snug. I soldered my wedding band to my ring so it’s now tighter and spins less. 

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Post # 10
346 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I got sized at the jewelers.  I picked the size that was “tight” meaning my ring does not slide up and down my finger nor does it really twirl unless I’m frigid.  I reside in FL at the moment so allowed for a little bit of heat swelling. I would ask the jeweler for the sizing rings.  Try them on, go later in the day when your hands are most likely to be swollen a bit.  My sister bought her ring tight to the point that if she wants to get it off, she’s using oil to get it off.  It really is a personal preference.  My ring right now is 5.25 the jeweler recommended to keep it even though I thought I could go to a 5 because when you get your wedding band it’ll push your e-ring slightly forward.

Post # 11
1784 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I ordered mine a little big because it stresses me out if rings get stuck. I’m planning on using a ring snuggie until summer, then resizing in mid August if I need to. 

Post # 12
14658 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Small enough not to fall off, big enough not to cut off circulation in the summer with swelling.  There’s no such thing as a perfect fit with the temperature change.  Winters = crazy spinning (not this year though, apparently a few extra ponds takes care of that too)… summers = really hard to take off sometimes.

Post # 13
4655 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@Jabberwocky:  it stresses me out too if they are tight.

i wear a 5-5.25 but the jewellers told me i’m a 4.75

i like a bit of spin and knowing that in the summer they will fit tighter helps me too.

Post # 14
569 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013


We just purchased our wedding bands on the weekend (woohoo!) and the sale rep made us try the ring sizers on, with our hands feeling warm. Then she told us to go to the washroom and wash our hands in cold water so our fingers shrank a bit, and made us compare how the sizes felt. Fiance chose to go down a quarter size after that because the ring was already on the looser side when his hands were warm and he tends to have cold hands. Do you know if your hands swell alot in the summer? The width of the band will also make a difference. My e-ring has a very thin band and is a good deal looser than the ring sizer of the same size. I’m hoping the wedding band will fit more closely as it is going to be thicker than the e-ring (also hoping they don’t look weird together!)


Post # 16
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m a size 3 and at first I had my e-ring set at a ‘tight’ 3 because it is top heavy and would spin, but when my fingers swelled it was really uncomfortable and hard to get off. It’s now a 3.25 which is the largest I would go because I think any bigger and it would fall off, but at the same time when my hands swell it fits perfectly. I had to get sized multiple times by different jewelers to figure out what size to wear. I think the first one sized me at a 4, which is waaay too big.

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