How tight or loose should your engagement ring be?
On your journey to finding the perfect engagement ring, one of the first questions couples wonder is how should an engagement ring fit? An engagement ring should fit comfortably and snugly on the finger, without being too tight or too loose. It should be able to glide over the knuckle with just a little resistance to ensure the ring doesn’t fall off once past the knuckles should sit comfortable on finger without too much bulging. It should not be too loose or else there is a danger of it falling off.
It’s hard to get the engagement ring size perfect at the time of the proposal without sizing the finger it will be worn on. If the ring or the proposal is not a complete surprise, we recommend getting the finger sized professionally. Typically, ring sizes are measure in halves and can be made to a quarter size as well. At Al Joher, once you are ready to make an order, we have you sized by coming in or by sending you a physical ring sizer for you to check in the comfort of your home.
If the proposal is a surprise, there are a few ways to guess-timate your ring size at home so you know how an engagement ring should fit
String or Paper Method:
Cut out a thin strip of paper or a piece of string, about 7 inches long and a quarter of an inch wide and wrap the paper or string snugly around the base of the finger you want to measure, ensuring that the fit is comfortable and not too tight. Mark the point where the paper or string overlaps with a pen or marker and measure the length of the paper or string using a ruler.
Search for ring charts online and determine your ring accordingly. Ring Sizing
Printable Ring Sizer:
There are a number of printable templates that you can print (ensure the printer is to scale) and you can measure an existing ring against the ring sizes to give you a good estimate.
It's important to note that these methods may not be 100% accurate, so it's always best to confirm your ring size with a professional jeweler before making a purchase.
The most accurate way to determine how an engagement ring should fit it to measure the ring finger size by visiting a professional jeweler. They will have specialized tools, such as a ring sizer, to measure your finger accurately. The jeweler will take into consideration factors such as the width of the band, the type of ring you are designing and the shape of your finger to determine the correct size for you.
Alternatively, you can purchase a ring sizer online. We recommend the metal ring sizers and ensure that if you are opting for a thick band or are sizing a men’s wedding band, then use the wider sizers as they are more accurate. As mentioned earlier, ring sizes go in quarters, but most sizers only measure in half-size increments. So, it you feel that 5 ½ is too tight and size 6 is too loose, that you are likely a size 5 ¾ and although that size is not available to measure on the sizer, rings can be made to that size. kit online or from a jewelry store.
Other important factors to keep in mind are seasons – typically fingers tend to swell in the summers and shrink a little during the winter months and for some people, their ring size can change depending on the time of the year. In most cases however, the ring may just feel a tab bit too snug or a little loose, but we don’t recommend getting it resized until you determine through the course of a year how much size variance your finger goes through.
Guessing a ring size for a proposal can be challenging, but there are a few things you can do to help make an educated guess:
- Borrow a ring: If your partner wears rings, borrow one they wear on the ring finger of the hand you are proposing to. Take it to a jeweler and have them measure the size or use a ring sizing chart to determine the size.
- Ask a friend or family member: If you are close to your partner's family or friends, ask them if they know your partner's ring size. They may have access to their ring size of their ring or can perhaps do concoct a “lets get sized for fun trip to the jeweller”.
- Ask indirectly: If you don't want to give away the surprise of proposing, you can try to ask indirectly. For example, you could mention that you are thinking of buying a ring for a family member and ask your partner what size they think it should be.
At Al Joher, we provide the first ring re-sizing complimentary for rings made by us so you can rest assured that we you will get the engagement ring to fit right. Book a free consult today and we can help you figure out your ring size by sending you a complimentary ring sizer.
1. Is it better to get an engagement ring too big or too small?
Neither is ideal. However, if it’s a surprise proposal, you will be able to put on the ring but if it’s too small, you won’t be able slip it on her finger. Try getting an estimate so its close to her finger size.
2. Should an engagement ring be slightly loose?
A slghtly loose engagement ring is wearable, although there is a risk of it slipping off or it is moving all around on your finger. Stacking a tighter ring or wearing a ring sizer under it can help in the short run. We do recommend however to get yourself sized so the beautiful ring sits in place on your finger and the centre stone is getting maximum light and reflecting brilliantly.
3. What happens if the engagement ring doesn’t fit?
Take it to you jeweller where you purchased it from and get the ring sized to the correct finger sizing of the hand it is to be worn on.