“How do I get the ring size?” This is the most common question I get before a customer places an engagement ring order. If you want to keep the proposal a surprise, getting the right ring size can definitely be a challenge. However, over the years, I have come up with 5 tips and ideas that should help you get the exact ring size!

Although the following ideas on how to get a ring size are written to get a woman’s ring size, these are gender neutral tips and can be used for a man as well!

1. A Story: Your Good Friend is Proposing

Have one of your good friends that is in a serious relationship text or call your girlfriend and tell her that he is thinking of proposing soon, and that he needs help with the ring size. He could say something like “She seems to have hands really similar to yours, so would you mind getting measured and letting me know what your ring size is? I already asked her mom and sister and they have no idea.” This could end up working really well.

2. This made up formula can help you get the ring size

One day, casually pretend you are on your phone scrolling through Facebook and ask her for her shoe size and explain it is for this thing you saw on Facebook. When she tells you the shoe size, use this made up formula: shoe size divided by 2 plus 1.5 gives you your ring size. Once you do the calculation, ask her if the ring size is indeed what you calculated, and she will hopefully laugh it off and tell you how wrong that formula is because her actual ring size is “X”!

3. Do not use a string to measure ring size

One common method to get ring size that many people suggest is to use a string and tie it around the finger when your loved one is sleeping. I strongly do not recommend this. Every fraction of a millimeter results in a different ring size, and going with this method has a lot of room for error. If you go with this method it will almost definitely get you the incorrect ring size, and you might as well guess the ring size from these statistics.

to get an accurate ring size, do not use string

4. Do not go for a larger ring size on purpose

Many online articles suggest purposely purchasing a larger ring from the start to make sure it fits during the proposal. This is a terrible idea for two reasons:

  1. Even if the ring you order is a quarter or half size too small, no problem! It will still go on the finger during the proposal, but will just feel a little bit snug. This is better than a ring being too loose and it falling off!
  2. Contrary to popular belief, it is as easy to resize a ring up as it is to resize a ring down!

5. Only buy from a jeweler that will resize your ring for free, for life

This is an important one. Make sure that the jeweler you purchase your ring from will resize your ring for free, for life. Though many jewelers may offer “one free resize” or multiple resizes within 30 days, this is not enough. People change overtime and this could very well mean a person’s hands and fingers will change in size.

All of our rings are resized for free, for life, and I’m sure there are a few other jewelers out there that do the same. I would recommend looking into us or one of those jewelers so that you don’t need to worry about paying for resizing down the road.

If you need any other help or advice on ring size, or about engagement rings in general, do not hesitate to contact me!