(Closed) Should I go down 1/4 or 1/2 ring size?

posted 4 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Should I go down 1/2 size or 1/4 size?

    Down 1/2 size

    Down 1/4 size

  • Post # 2
    1088 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I would take it to a local jeweler and have them resize it, I would be worried that since you can’t try on their sizing rings then you might end up with it still being too loose or too tight. It shouldn’t cost much to have it done. 

    Post # 3
    523 posts
    Busy bee

    I had the exact same struggle and I ordered my ring from JA and I just got downsized by 0.5 to a 5. I couldn’t be happier. I tried using a ring guard and I hated it. I would say, re-size it, but do it this way.

    Go to a local jeweller and get yourself sized using their sizing rings. The sizing rings are uniform everywhere (as long as you are using the same US scale). The 5.5 sizing ring at the jewellers fit me exactly the same way as my 5.5 JA engagement ring.

    Keep in mind that our fingers swell depending on the time of the day. Usually more swollen in the mornings and at higher temperatures. So getting yourself sized later on in the day would be a good idea. Also, a thinner band will feel looser than a thicker band, because of the less amount of skin it gets to ‘hug’ onto.

    Once you have established what size you are, contact Blue Nile and send the rings back to have them sized. Most retailers offer free resizing as long as you are within the return period. JA had a 60 day period. I have more peace of mind sending it to the retailer it came from, personally, so if anything happens to the ring or the band, it is within their warranty and they will replace it. Also, the package that I sent to JA was fully insured using their high-value FedEx account… So if it got lost or damaged in transit, they would replace the ring for the dollar value of the goods.

    If you don’t want to get it resized, get sizing beads, but this is something I was not comfortable with. For me, my engagement ring is likely going to be one of the most meaningful pieces of jewelry I own, and not having it fit right takes the gloss off for me personally. As for having it looser for pregnancies.. its better if it fits right and not too loose, because you aren’t going to be pregnant forever, honestly.

    Hope this helps!

    Post # 4
    4634 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I had a similar issue. Rings were too big but I didn’t want to size down in case it got hot and they were too small, and I really dislike tight fitting rings. So, I have tried everything from ring snuggies to painting silicone on the inside of my ring, to tape, to wire…


    THEN FINALLY I got these put in – similar to sizing balls but more adjustalbe and very comfortable! I love it and I am 100% happy with this solution as it accommodates winter/summer shifts in water retention and weight!


    Post # 5
    32 posts

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    lilsweetie :  please tell me what that is called? Lol

    my boyfriend bought a ring from james allen but they only have half sizes. He hasn’t proposed but he let me try it on. It’s way too big but i dont want to get it resized and i dont like my rings super tight

    Post # 6
    2329 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Honestly, if it EASILY slides off, even in 90 degree heat, you might need to lose even more than half a size. Definitely go to a jeweler and have them figure out what size it should be in the store.

    And then yes, there ar emany options like lilsweetie posted. I’ll add ring noodles to the mix: 


    Post # 7
    43 posts

    It will be more loosen in winter time, than in summer time. Keep in mind, there is more moisture on your hand now. 

    Post # 8
    2815 posts
    Sugar bee

    Definitely go to a jeweler. But I recently had this problem and had it sized down a full 1/2 size, so I’d say you need at least that much based on your description. 

    Post # 9
    2656 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

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    kaitkait21 :  go to Micheal’s with a coupon from the flyer and buy a ring sizer so you can take your time at home trying the different sizes to be really sure of the size you need. It will be useful again in the future if you ever want to buy a ring for a different finger. My rings could stand to be 1/4 size small I think, especially after recently losing 15lbs, and they are moving a lot on my finger and clinking together and it’s making me crazy and paranoid and my wedding band can’t be sized without it messing it up, plus ring resizing isn’t cheap……I think I’ll ask my husband for another little band in the same size and hope the additional width helps since it would cost the same as getting my engagement and wedding rings both sized.

    Post # 10
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    kaitkait21 :  I had the exact same issue! My engagement ring (a solitaire) was size 8 and it was sliding very easily over my knuckle and it was summertime!  We sent it back and asked for a size 7. Although these guys don’t resize the rings, they actually get them melted and simply use the same diamond for a new ring that’s the right size (for free or let’s say the original cost covers these issues), so they were trying to convince us to leave it as it is, because they were afraid a size 7 would have been too small and they would have needed to make the ring again (also it was even larger in size the day my fiancé proposed, lol) plus a size 7 didn’t sound coherent with my hight etc. but we insisted and let me tell you, it is perfect this way! Not too tight fitting during the summer, maybe only a couple times and it may depend on blood pressure etc, but that may or may not happen like once a year in my case. It kinda moves a bit too much during colder months but this is my size for sure.

    I’d encourage you to find a cheaper ring that fits perfectly just so you can get used to how it feels and start from there. I was looking for simple bands that cost 1 euro and it made me realise I really needed my ring to be smaller so I can feel comfortable. Good luck! 

    Post # 11
    603 posts
    Busy bee

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    kaitkait21 :  I just had my ring sized down from an 8.5 to an 8. My finger size changes dramatically caused by heat, eating Chinese food, having my period…you name It!

    When I first got my ring, I had my period AND had Chinese the night before for dinner. It went on fine and seemed to fit perfectly. Over the next day or so, it started to get really, really loose.

    What you are describing sounds like a full half size down. I think my ring is perfect now, but I do worry when we get into the middle of winter, it might loosen up again.

    I would say at least a half size and definitely go to a local jeweler!

    Post # 12
    173 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2019

    You can actually request a free plastic ring sizer from Blue Nile. I know I ordered one and I just pop out the sizes I think my finger might be and try them off.

    Post # 13
    31 posts

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    kaitkait21 :  OMG, It seems my ring size (7) translates to a size 4 in the US, so please ignore my previous post 😕 I’m sorry, I’ve just realised it works quite differently over there 😨

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