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Figuring Out Finger Types

December 11, 2019 4 min read

Figuring Out Finger Types

The human body is a unique thing. We all have our own set of corners and curves that we have to figure out when we’re getting something. Did you know that rings require some figuring out too? We all have different finger types. Finding your perfect ring means figuring out your finger type. A ring with the right fit will sit comfortably: loose enough to slide over your knuckle with some resistance, but snug enough so that it won’t fall off. 

The long and short of figuring out your finger type (hey! Wink!) is getting to know your knuckles. They’re those knobby things that enable your fingers to move and bend the way that they do. They are very important! Figuring out your finger type will make life so much easier. You’ll be able to slide your ring on and off without a struggle, and it will stay on without any problem. Too much force in putting it on or off is not something you want (like when my mom tried to take off her wedding band after nearly 25 years of marriage and three kids - ouch).

Tapered; Fingers Bigger Than Knuckles

A tapered finger is where your fingers are larger at the base then gradually tapering, without a prominent knuckle. Rings can more easily slip off if they slide up, as your knuckles won't keep your ring on your finger. 

Pick a ring that’s snug to keep you from losing it. If the tightness of the band bothers you, a more narrow band will feel more comfortable.

Knotted; Knuckles Bigger Than Fingers 

If you’re one of those people who have skinny fingers and big knuckles, you have knotted fingers. Sizing can be tricky. 

If your knuckles are larger than the base of the finger, measure both the knuckle and finger and select a size in between the two. This way your ring can fit over your knuckle without too much struggle as you slide it on. The ring may be a little loose on your finger. It might move around a little, but that gorgeous stone you picked as your ring’s centerpiece won’t end up on the inside of your palm where no one can see it.

PRO TIPS!

Here’s a list of things that you don’t want when you choose a ring;

Indent marks at the base of your finger. Blood circulation is very important. Let’s not cut off your blood supply.

It won’t turn around your finger. A little wiggle room is ideal, especially as our finger sizes will also change with any major changes to our body.

No friction is not great. You need some friction to prevent the ring from falling off of your finger.

Your ring shouldn’t create a "muffin top" of skin on either side of it.

You shouldn't notice pain or tinglingin your ring finger while you're wearing your band. That’s way too tight my friend.

Still not sure of your ring size? 

When you’re ready to order your first jewelry online (or plan to “accidentally” leave a browser open to hint to your partner about your dream ring), you could go to a jeweler to get yourself sized. But hey, we all love pyjamas and some of us have a little more social anxiety than others, so here are some tips so you might not even need to leave that cushiony, dented spot on your sofa. 

Printable ring size guide

Find our free printable ring size guide here

Print out the sizer and make sure the page scaling is set to none. And then double check with your bank card or an old school ruler to make sure your print out is the right size. 

You can use the paper ring arrow (cut it out of the sheet) or take a ring that fits well and match it against the ring size circles on the sheet. 

Accuracy: There’s room for error as ring sizing by paper can be subject to slipping, crumpling, and misreading, but if you’re careful, it should give you a fairly good idea of your size. 

Plastic ring sizer

Gardens of the Sun uses US sizing, so when you look for a ring sizer, make sure you have the right one! Like this one for instance. 

Like clothes, different countries or regions have their own way of sizing things. You can always convert your size, but with rings a few pesky millimeters might make a difference. So I would recommend finding out your US size.

Accuracy: It works pretty well - just make sure to follow the instructions :)

Although leaving your house may seem like a complete chore, we’ve found that getting an actual human to measure your size is still the most reliable way of finding out your ring size. Find a local jeweler and ask them to help you find out your size. It’s the best option there is.

Adjustments, Tweaks & More Ring Sizing Tips

Ring style matters. Certain rings may fit differently on the same finger, so keep this in mind as you’re sizing:

  • Wider bands (compared to a dainty stacker band) have less “give” for slipping over your knuckle, so you may need to increase the ring size. Order a half size larger than you usually would for bands 3.5 mm or wider.
  • Size up a quarter to half a size when you plan to stack your rings. 
  • Rings with open bands, are slightly adjustable. Depending on the metal, you can pull the ring apart ever so slightly to adjust the fit, but it will only gives you an extra half size.

If you end up with a ring that doesn't fit, it's not the end of the world. You know we want you happy, and we're here to help. Email us and we'll make sure you end up with a gorgeous ring to not only admire, but actually wear!


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