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The art of ring sizing

The art of ring sizing

Rings are one of those jewelry pieces that don’t leave much room for error in sizing—a half size too small and it won’t fit over your knuckles, a half size too big and it may slip around. Variables that affect a ring size are many, and in this guide we'll explain why getting your hands sized by a professional is an important first step to buying a ring.

Width

The wider the ring, the smaller it will fit and the less give it will have when sliding over the knuckle.

Solitary or stacked?

If a ring is part of a stack of rings, we recommend keeping the sizes within a half size of each other.

Temperature

During the winter months, our skin constricts and our rings may fit a bit larger than in the summer months. This is normal for any ring wearer, but is especially important if you're someone who lives in a mostly cold or mostly warm climate to plan accordingly. For example, if we were sizing a customer at Sailor on a cold winter day who lives year-round in Florida, we would expect that the size we record would be slightly smaller than the size they would most enjoy wearing at home in a warmer climate. 

Other factors

Did you enjoy a sushi dinner last night? How about a bag of potato chips or a glass of wine? Were you on a plane recently? Any factor in our life and diet that can make us feel bloated will affect water retention and therefore size. Since ring sizing is a matter of millimeters, this small change in size will have a large impact on the fit of your ring. 

Before scheduling a ring sizing, select a time when you're confident your hands are at their most normal.