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How to Determine Ring Size: Tips for Guessing Engagement Ring Sizes

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How to determine ring size…hmm…where do I begin with this one.

Planning an engagement is an exciting time, but trying to hide your plans from your fiancée-to-be can be nerve-racking. To make things easier for you, I’ve listed a few ways to determine your partner’s ring size without asking. So keep reading to learn some clever tips!

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How to Determine Ring Size at Home

Measuring ring size is a fairly simple process that can be done at home. The measurements may not be exact, but it will give you a very good starting point. A jeweler can always resize the ring later.

Simply print out a ring sizing chart and use it to measure an existing ring, one that she likely wears on her ring finger. Take the ring and place it over each circle until you are able to find one that fits directly inside of the band. These charts work for both women’s and men’s ring sizes.

How to Determine Ring Size Secretly

If you’re at the stage where you’re talking about or even thinking about getting engaged, it’s probably a safe bet that your significant other has either been sized before (on a whim of course) or has tried on a friend’s ring. So in a clever way, bring it up and ask! Tell her you are purchasing a ring for a family member and want to use her size as an estimate.

Now if that doesn’t work, you may have to get a little more creative and figure out her size from an existing ring. There’s an old trick us jewelers use which works well if done right. Simply put one of her rings on your finger and remember where it stops. A jeweler can measure that part of your finger and get a good estimate of her ring size. Each finger can have a different size, so make sure to use a ring that she actually wears on her ring finger.

If you can’t get ahold of her ring, or want to determine her exact size, recruit her friends for help! Have a friend take her to the mall and just “happen” to stop by a store to get sized. While the friend is getting her finger measured, she can encourage your girlfriend to do the same.

While your partner and her friend are at the store, they can also window shop for engagement rings. The friend could point out a few rings she really likes and your girlfriend is sure to mention a few settings that catch her eye. When the friend reports back to you, you’ll not only have her accurate ring size, but you’ll know what ring settings she likes too!

Another way to determine her size is to see if your future fiancé will try on a friends ring. If it fits her or is close, ask the friend what their size is (hopefully they’ll remember). You can also ask her parents for her ring size. There is a good chance they have bought jewelry for her in the past.

When in Doubt Just Go Big!

If all else fails, go with the stock ring size. Stock sizes are right around a 6.5. The most common ring sizes for women are between 5 and 7, so there is a good chance the stock size will fit her finger. If you’re not sure that a 6.5 will fit, just go big! Resizing a ring is a simple procedure that can be done quickly by any experienced jeweler. So simply guess her size, go a size larger, and the ring can be sized down to fit her finger perfectly.

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Planning a surprise proposal can be tough, but determining her ring size doesn’t have to be. If you need help choosing a size or finding the perfect engagement ring, give us a call at (410) 994-5997 or click here to schedule an appointment online.

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