ring size ballooned inexplicably?

posted 7 months ago in Proposals
Post # 2
3410 posts
Sugar bee

Have you gone to get sized at a store?  Going from a size 9-16 would be noticeable.

Post # 3
1439 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2019 - USA

I think that a size 9-16 change seems excessive and is probably not accurate. I would agree with PP and go to a brick and mortar store and get sized. My fingers swell in the summer also but it would not account for more than a 1 size difference. 

Post # 4
478 posts
Helper bee

Sounds like something is off with your size chart.  Are you using centimeters instead of inches?  Diameter instead of circumference?


Post # 5
21 posts

Humidity and exercise can make your hands swell as can other things like hormones and eating to much salt and not enough water. I wouldn’t stress to much about it. Go get sized and if you truly are jumping sizes like that I may suggest taking to your Dr. Just to be safe, I thought that was a possible symptom of diabetes. 

Post # 6
2679 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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rustandstardust :  go to Michaels, you can buy a ring sizer like at the jewelers there and try it at home at different times of the day and under different conditions, like after doing something strenuous or the day after eating a lot of salt. I doubt you are actually a 16 but fingers are wierd and can fluctuate drastically.

Post # 7
6847 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

It is almost impossible for your ring size to have changed from a 9 to a 16 without you noticing. That’s a difference that your skin would have trouble accommodating without stretch marks or without you not being able to bend them for a while. Seriously, that’s a huge difference.

My finger can vary as much as perhaps three sizes. When it is really cold, my rings fit loose, and I might be a size and a half smaller. When it is hot and I’ve been walking, my fingers can really swell and can go up a size and a half. But I can feel when that happens, and my fingers feel HUGE. I can hardly bend them because it is so uncomfortable that they are so swollen. 

So something weird is going on with the measurement of your size. If you aren’t feeling like your hands are giant balloons, then your ring size has not increased by SEVEN sizes. It just can’t do that without you feeling it. So go get sized again. Yes, a ring can fit tighter or looser, but not seven sizes without something really, really weird going on.

Post # 8
1095 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

I think the numbers are probably off a bit, but is there any chance you’re pregnant? My SIlLs fingers swell up a lot in the early weeks of pregnancy. It was actually what made her first suspect she was expecting their second child.

Post # 9
17 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

Don’t worry too much. The humidity can cause your fingers to swell up quite a bit. Add to that the fact that you were lifting things and that can add to it. It won’t be your normal everday size once you get back to normal life.

Also, keep in mind that your size 9 thick band that you have will fit more like a 7 1/2-8 if it is wide and thick. Your engagement ring wil probably not be as wide as that so it should fit more like a true 9. (When making a wide band, I usually make a full size bigger)

As far as ring sizing, if you are in NY it should be absolutely no problem going down to the diamond district and finding someone to size it for you. Most of the master stone setters are actually in NYC. They are considered the most experienced in the business. Do not take it to a mall jewelry store whatever you do. They for the most part have newer, underpaid bench jewelers. I would not trust them to mess with a custom ring ever, as they simply will not have the training or experience. Or send it back to the original maker if you are comfortable with that although I know shipping it can be nerve wrecking.

Hope this helps.

Post # 10
229 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2020

most ring jewelers will give you a free ring sizer… no need to mess around with string.

Post # 11
1158 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - Turkey

oh shoot! I get it. There are different sizings. For example I’m 14 in my country but according to US size it is apparently 7. So, 9 and 16 looks like the exactly same difference. 

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