Finding the Perfect Fit: A Guide to Measuring Your Ring Size

Finding the Perfect Fit: A Guide to Measuring Your Ring Size

When you are looking to buy a beautiful handmade ring, you want it to be the right size whilst being comfortable and safe on your finger. I have put together a few tips to help you find the correct size.


  • Remember you have more than one ring size. Each finger has a different measurement, so when you are buying a ring, decide which finger you will wear it on and measure that specific finger, on the hand you will wear it. Most people’s hands are not quite the same size, dominant hands are often slightly larger, and as the margin for error is very small it is important you are specific.

  •  One of the easiest ways to find out is to pop in to a high street jeweller and ask for them to measure your size. They are always happy to do this and it just takes a few moments.
  • If you are buying for someone else, and it’s a surprise? When they are asleep, try tying a piece of string or paper around their finger and carefully... just kidding! Don’t do that! One of the best ways is to borrow a ring that they wear on the correct finger (or in a pinch, any finger) and take that to the jewellers. They will be able to measure that accurately for you.

  • Another way, if you can’t take the ring anywhere, is to put it on to you your finger and make a note where it fits - might be your little finger, or the knuckle on your index finger. Then go to a jeweller and measure that. It is much better than a wild guess.

  • If you’re really not sure, and it’s something very special, like an engagement ring then it could be a safer option to buy a proposal ring. Something simple until the correct size can be reliably measured.

  • Then write it down! Once you have this info, just jot it down rather than trying to remember you are an M...or was is an N...?! You can leave it on a notice board or on the fridge - very helpful for anyone who might just want to buy you a surprise gift!

  • UK ring sizes are an alphabetical system - A is the smallest and Z largest. In Europe and the USA they use a different system - there is a handy chart at the bottom of the page.

  • Be aware of your temperature when you measure your size. Fingers can shrink and swell up to a size depending on the heat, so if you can, measure when you are not too hot or cold.

  • Your size can also change over time. If you lose or gain weight generally, this can affect your ring size, so it can be useful to have them re-measured if it’s been a little while.

  • The width of a ring can affect the size that you need - wider bands could need up to a size larger than a narrower band.

  • Some rings are easier to resize than others - and some cannot be resized at all. If you have a ring that has stones or enamel all the way around or is set with some heat-sensitive gems, these are not possible to resize, so it is imperative to get it right the first time.

  • Your ring should be a comfortable fit. Not too tight and not too loose, you don’t want it flying off when you shake your hands. Once it is over the knuckle, the smallest comfortable size would be my recommendation.

  • If you are thinking of buying a ring from me and would like me to send you a ring sizer - please just get in touch and I’d be happy to do so.

  • I have made a guide to help find the size of rings you have, but it is to be used as a last resort and with care. It must be printed at the right size - be sure that the scale box is spot on 10cm, and the internal diameter of the ring just covers the circle - full instructions are printed on the sheet.

As always, if you have any questions, just get in touch with me here. I hope this is all helpful,

    With Best Wishes,


    Printable ring sizer



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