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How to accurately measure your ring size

With Valentineís Day coming up, you might be thinking about getting engaged or buying a ring for yourself. Regardless of your reason, itís important to know your ring size before making a purchase. Today, weíll be covering how you can accurately measure your ring size.

A ring should fit oneís finger comfortably. It should be snug enough so that it doesnít slip off but also loose enough to glide over your knuckle. We advise measuring your finger a few different times because the size can fluctuate depending on the temperature. Our hands and fingers tend to be smaller when itís colder but can also get swollen in hotter conditions or during exercise. If you're shopping for someone else, the best way to get their ring size is to ask, but if you're planning a surprise, itís probably best to turn to their friends and family for help.

That being said, keep in mind that different countries use different scales to determine the final ring size. For instance, the U.S. and Canada ring sizes are identified by numbers less than 13 while the European standard is numbers over 40. Here in the UK, we identify ring size using an alphabetical scale, typically C-Z.

Below, youíll find four common and easy ways to measure your ring size, so you can get the right piece of jewellery.

Option 1: Visit a Local Jeweller

The easiest way to figure out your ring size is by asking a local jeweller - ideally the one you are interested in buying a ring from. Jewellers often carry ring sizer kits that will match directly with the rings they sell. This will give you the most accurate reading.

Option 2: The String Method

A simple, at-home method you can use to measure your ring size is by taking a string, paper, or piece of floss and wrapping it around the base of your finger. Next, mark the point where the ends meet with a marker or pen. You can then measure the string with a ruler. To determine your final ring size, choose the closest measurement on a ring size chart.

Option 3: The Trace Method

You can also trace the inside of a ring you already own and feel comfortable with. Then, line it up against a ring size chart to determine the exact size. If you have the ring handy, you could match up the inside circumference with the chart.

Option 4: Purchase a Ring Sizer

Although not entirely necessary, you could purchase an affordable ring sizing tool. The great thing about these measurement tools is that they let you try a variety of sizes, which helps ensure accuracy.

If youíre unable to access a jeweller and remain unsure about your ring size, we recommend going with a larger one so that it can be resized later.

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