May 22, 2024

How to Measure Your Ring Size at Home: A Step-by-Step Guide for Finding the Perfect Diamond Engagement Rings Toronto


  • Ensuring the correct ring size is important for comfort and security, preventing loss from a too-loose engagement ring or discomfort and circulation issues from a too-tight engagement ring
  • To measure your ring size at home, you will need the following materials: a thin strip of paper or non-stretchy string, a ruler or measuring tape with millimeter measurements, a pen or marker, and optionally, a printable ring size chart
  • The step-by-step measurement process includes: preparing materials, wrapping material around the finger, marking the material, measuring the length and converting the size
  • Measure at the end of the day when your fingers are largest, avoid cold temperatures, repeat measurements for consistency, and consider the width of the ring
  • Alternative methods for measuring include using a ring-sizing tool from a jeweler or measuring an existing ring's inside diameter to determine the size using a ring size chart
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If you are planning a surprise proposal or are looking at engagement rings or a wedding band with your partner, finding the perfect ring size is the most important part of the process. An engagement ring or wedding bands that do not fit properly can be uncomfortable, and if they are too big, can be prone to loss as they may fall off at any given moment. Fortunately, measuring for the right ring size is fairly straightforward, and can be done from the comfort of your home. In this blog, we will explore the step-by-step process to ensure you are well-equipped to find the perfect ring size.

Why Knowing Your Engagement Ring Size is Important

Knowing the ring size of your partner, or yourself, is extremely important for both comfort and security. Since this is one of the biggest investments of your life, you want to be sure that the engagement ring fits your partner perfectly. Rings that are too loose run the risk of slipping off the finger and becoming lost, while wedding rings that are too tight can be extremely uncomfortable and in severe cases, can cut off circulation. This is why knowing the ring size before purchasing ensures the safety and longevity of the ring.

Tools You’ll Need

Although the majority of jewelers are able to measure your ring size in-store, this is not always practical for those looking to surprise their partner with a surprise engagement and one-of-a-kind ring. One option is to bring in a ring your partner often wears to the jewelers who can create a custom ring around that size, however, many people may choose to measure their fingers at home.

To measure your ring size at home, you will only need a few simple tools:

  • A thin strip of paper or a piece of non-stretchy string
  • A ruler or measuring tape with millimeter measurements
  • A pen or marker
  • Optional: Printable ring size chart

Step-by-Step Guide to Measuring Your Ring Size

Step 1: Prepare Your Measuring Material

The first step in measuring your ring size is to prepare your measuring materials. If using a thin strip of paper or a piece of string, measure it out to be about 6 inches long. Some people may choose to use another material to measure their finger, however, it is important to ensure that the material chosen is non-stretchy to ensure an accurate measurement. Using a stretchy material may hinder the entire process and make the custom engagement ring unsuitable for everyday wear.

Step 2: Wrap the Material Around Your Finger

The second step of this at-home process is to wrap the material of your choice around the base of the finger. It is important to ensure that the material is snug, but not too tight as you want to ensure that the ring will fit comfortably day-to-day.

Step 3: Mark the Paper or String

Once you have the material wrapped around your finger in a way which is comfortable yet secure, use a pen or marker to mark the point where the material overlaps. It is important to be as accurate as possible as mismarking the material can lead to an ill-fitting ring. Please note that the carat weight of the gemstones you want to use will not affect the engagement ring's size.

Step 4: Measure the Length

Next, lay your material flat on a table, and using a ruler or measuring tape, measure the length of one end up to the mark in millimetres. This will give you a base number to consider before converting the measurements.

Step 5: Compare with a Ring Size Chart

Lastly, use the measurements from your chosen material to convert into the correct ring size using an online ring size chart. Often, these are free and easy-to-use online tools, with many websites providing printable ring-size charts for an extra layer of convenience and accuracy.

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Tips for Accurate Measurement

  1. Measure at the End of the Day: Your fingers are typically at their largest at the end of the day, making this the best time to measure.
  2. Avoid Cold Temperatures: Cold can cause your fingers to shrink, resulting in an inaccurate measurement.
  3. Repeat for Accuracy: Perform the measurement a few times to ensure consistency.
  4. Consider Ring Width: Wider rings often require a slightly larger size for a comfortable fit.

Alternative Methods for Custom Engagement Rings

Using a Ring Sizing Tool

Many jewelers and online platforms offer ring-sizing tools which can be ordered online or picked up in-store. These tools provide extremely accurate measurements, and if bought from a jeweler, you can rest assured that your sizing will be correct. A benefit to using these ring sizing tools is that they often come with a variety of ring sizes to try on so that you are guaranteed to find the perfect fit.

Measuring an Existing Ring

Measuring an existing ring is a popular option for those who are planning a surprise engagement. If your partner has a ring they wear often and fits well, you can either bring that to the jeweler or measure the inside diameter to figure out the ring size. If measuring it yourself, you should:

  1. Find a ring that fits the desired finger well
  2. Measure the inside diameter of the ring
  3. Use a ring size chart to match the diameter to a ring size

Common Mistakes to Avoid

For those who are creating custom engagement rings and will be doing the measurements yourself, here are some common mistakes to avoid:

  1. Timing: Avoid measuring when your fingers are swollen or cold as this will impact the size of your fingers and does not accurately reflect the finger size
  2. Material: Do not use stretchy materials, as they can give an inaccurate size
  3. Double-Check: Always double-check your measurement for accuracy

Overall, measuring your partner's ring size at home is a simple, cost-effective way to ensure that the engagement ring will fit perfectly. Remember to take your time, measure carefully, and follow the tips we have provided for the most accurate results. If you are still unsure, visiting a professional jeweler who can custom-create diamond engagement rings Toronto will provide some help, peace of mind and confirmation to ensure that you are making the most out of your investment. If you are interested in learning more about creating custom rings or custom orders, please contact us today and we will be happy to help!

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