If you're a guy who's never been married, hasn't won a Super Bowl, or wasn't crazy into your high school graduation, then chances are you've never had any of your fingers sized for a ring. Even if you've done the ring thing before, you'd be forgiven for forgetting what your size was, and it doesn't help that the diameters of your fingers can change suddenly with age and health. Men's ring sizes are one of those things nobody thinks about until they have to, but if you're shopping for a ring, then now is your "have to" moment. Fortunately, our #RingSizeGuide has done the thinking for you.
How to get your ring size, option #1: Go to a pro
There's no getting around it; the best way to get an accurate ring size is to have your finger measured at your local jewelry store. In fact, even professional sizing can vary depending on how the jeweler measures you, so it's a good idea to get sized by at least two, preferably three jewelers and then take an average.
Or check with the company you want to purchase through. For us at Titanium-Buzz.com we actually have a Demo program where we ship out actual ring samples to look at as well as some ring sizers to get an accurate size. You just have to reach out for more info.
Pros: Superior accuracy and a feeling of confidence when you order your ring.
Cons: Going to the jewelry store; pushy salespeople.
How to get your ring size, option #2: Ring measurement tool
If dickering with a jeweler or two in person feels like more trouble than it's worth, then you can always get your own ring sizer tool and size your fingers right from the comfort and privacy of your home. Home sizing kits are inexpensive, easy to use, and are there for you in the event you ever need them again. However, home ring sizers may not be as precise as what you can get from a professional jeweler, so if you are concerned about nailing your size perfectly, then you might want to try on actual rings (production rings).
Pros: Convenience; not having to deal with people.
Cons: Only one datapoint; less precision because they are not real wedding bands.
How to get your ring size, option #3: DIY paper and ruler
If you don't want to purchase a ring sizer tool or go through the trouble of ordering one, you can get a down-and-dirty measurement with a piece of paper and a ruler. Cut a thin strip of heavier paper (construction paper works well). Wrap the strip around your finger, then use a pencil to mark the point where the strip starts to overlap. Unroll the strip and measure the length from the end to your pencil mark in millimeters (mm). Find your measurement in the "Circumference" column of this ring size chart to get your size. This method is not very accurate and is not recommended, but it should give you a ballpark estimate.
Pros: You probably have everything you need to do this in your junk drawer right now.
Cons: Do not trust a major purchase like a wedding ring to a piece of paper and a Snoopy ruler.
What does the right size feel like?
The right size is whatever feels right. That's seriously all there is to it. One thing you do want to look for is a bit of resistance when you pull the ring off, but not to the point where you have to struggle with it. The ring should rest snugly but comfortably against your skin and be loose enough to turn easily.
Remember, a wedding ring isn't like a shoe that might feel uncomfortable at first but will eventually break in. Accept nothing but a fit that feels great the first time. If you have that moment where you think it might be stuck, or if it just feels "off," then it's the wrong size.
Other things to consider: Weather matters
Here's something you might not have noticed, but you will now: Your fingers change shape with the time of year. This is especially true if you live in a climate with high seasonal variability. Your fingers will be tighter and more shriveled in the dry, cold winter and more like plump sausages in the hot, wet summer when they retain more water. If you're trying to figure out your ring size and it's so cold it looks like The Thing outside, then give yourself some (literal) wiggle room for those summer months.
Your ring size can even change depending on the time of day. Most people's fingers swell up as the day wears on, and for some, the change is significant. If you can, try getting sized in the morning and afternoon to check for variations.
Other things to consider: Style literally matters
When it comes to men's rings, it's hard to go wrong with a traditional 7mm width for your band. 7mm-8mm bands are like the F-150 of ring widths, so if you've got an accurate size measurement for your finger, then it's almost definitely going to work with your wedding band.
This is not the case for very wide men's rings. A wide wedding ring can look totally badass, but it will always fit a little tighter than a narrower band. When calculating your ring size, keep in mind that your size is measured from the spot where the center of the ring touches your finger, which means a 10mm-wide behemoth is going to have a noticeably different fit compared to a 7mm-wide band of the same size. Give yourself a little extra space for wider bands.
What if the size is wrong?
Let's say you rolled the dice on an educated guess about your ring size and it didn't work out. What then? You may have heard about people having their rings resized and are wondering if that's an option for you. The answer is a very big, "It depends."
First, a ring can only be sized larger (in some cases), not smaller. It's not a t-shirt; you can't just throw it in the washing machine and shrink it. The amount the size can be increased is going to be dependent on the style and design of the ring, and in most cases the size increase will be modest. If your ring is way too small, then there's likely no way to make it fit.
Second, resizing is dependent on the material and style used in the ring. Men's titanium rings, tungsten rings, and cobalt chrome rings -- all hugely popular right now -- can't be resized in most cases. The same high-strength properties that people love about these metals also make them difficult to reshape.
Very often you will need to send your ring back, pay a restocking or some kind of cancellation fee, and have a new ring made. That's why it's as important to know your jeweler's return policies before you buy a ring as it is to know your size. Some jewelers (*ahem* us) offer protection plans to cover you in the event that your ring doesn't fit.
Do different countries use different units of measurement?
Just like the metric system and the correct side of the road to drive on, different parts of the world have different classifications for ring sizing. The US and Canada use the same numerical scale while the UK, EU, and Australia use a letter-based system. Asia and Switzerland, meanwhile, use their own unique numerical scales. If you live in or are buying from one of these countries, here's a handy ring size chart to help you out.
If you have any questions about ring sizing, please feel free to call Titanium-Buzz at 1-866-215-1861 or email us anytime. We don't do pushy sales tactics, but we do know a lot about rings.