How Should a Ring Fit? Choosing Your Ring Size

There are a few important considerations for anyone selecting a ring, and at or near the top of any such list is sizing and fit. No one wants a ring that's either too tight or so loose that it falls off, and knowing some basics on ring sizing and the priorities you should have while choosing the ideal size can be very helpful here. 

At Staghead Designs, we're proud to offer a huge selection of handcrafted custom rings, plus a full section of our website based around sizing guidelines to help our clients in this vital area. Let's take a quick look at common ring size ranges, the way a ring should "feel" on your finger from a fit perspective, and some of the key variables to consider when both measuring a finger and choosing a specific ring size.

General Ring Sizing Ranges

There is a general range of sizes for rings, one that begins at 0 and runs up through 15 for women and 8 through 14 for men. This range is further divided into half sizes, so it's possible to find rings in quarter sizes if necessary.

For most people, finger size will dictate that they fall somewhere between the 4 and 14 range, making these the most common sizes in both men's and women's rings. However, if you need a larger size, we provide custom rings in larger sizes.

Measuring Your Finger for a Size Range

If you're looking to measure your finger, there are a few basic tips to keep in mind:

  • Use prior rings as a comparison point: Do you have an existing ring that fits comfortably? If so, look up its size and use this as part of your baseline measurement. For many, this is the simplest and most accurate way to get a size range.
  • Use ring measuring tools: There are also various online and in-person tools that you can use to measure your finger and find the perfect size for you. These include ring sizers and charts that can provide a good starting point.
  • Consider temperature and weather: Your finger size will typically change based on both temperature and weather, so it's important to think about these factors when measuring for a ring size. Colder temperatures and wetter days can cause fingers to shrink in size, while warmer temperatures and dry air may make them appear larger.
  • Work with a pro if needed: For those who want to be absolutely certain that they get the perfect size, it's also worth considering working with experienced jewelers who can best guide you through the process. This is especially true if you are looking to purchase a custom-made ring or one that comes in larger sizes.

How a Ring Should "Feel" On Your Finger

While this area will vary slightly between people, the general goal should be to find a ring that fits snugly on your finger without being too tight or too loose. Too tight, and it can cause discomfort, while too loose and it can lead to the ring slipping off more easily than you'd like.

Are you having trouble getting the ring onto your finger in the first place? That's a sign that it's too small, and that you may need to look for a larger size. Once on your finger, try rotating the ring back and forth or sliding it up and down. If there is room to do this without feeling any discomfort, then you've likely found a good fit.

Best Practices for Ring Size Selection

With all of the above in mind, here are some general tips we offer when it comes time to make your final selection for a ring size:

  • Have your chart or measurement on-hand: Make sure you have your ring size measurement or the chart that you used to measure it with you when shopping for rings. This will ensure that the size is accurate and proper.
  • Make sure there's room: As mentioned above, a good gauge of whether a ring fits properly is having enough room to rotate it back and forth without feeling any discomfort. Keep this in mind when selecting a size.
  • Consider knuckles: Don't forget to factor in your knuckles when picking a size. A ring should fit comfortably over the widest part of your finger and also be able to slide over the joints without too much force.
  • Be open to trying different sizes: As you shop, don't be afraid to try on different sizes if it helps you find the right fit for your finger.
  • Factor in finger size changes: As we noted above, things like temperature fluctuations or weather can cause your finger size to change. Make sure you adjust for this when selecting the right size for you.

By following all of these tips, you should have no problem selecting an engagement ring or wedding band that fits perfectly and looks great on your finger! Best of luck in finding the perfect ring size!