In 2018, the global jewelry market was valued at over $278.5 billion, in large part because of major jewelers who charge a fortune for their services and products. The reality is that everyone deserves high-quality, beautiful jewelry–without the giant price tag.
The only hiccup? The best deals are almost always going to be online, but shopping for items like luxury rings online can get a little bit tricky if you don’t know how to find your ring size.
Fortunately, you don’t need to take a trip to an expensive jeweler to get an accurate measurement before buying your rings. There are plenty of ways that you can figure out your ring size from the comfort of your own home!
Read on to learn how to find your ring size with a few different foolproof methods so you can start buying the jewelry you love at a cost that simply makes sense.
How to Find Your Ring Size: Three Time-Tested Methods
You may be able to get jewelers to cooperate with you in finding your ring size without buying a ring. Some may size you in the store for free while others may send out a sizing kit in the mail for a low cost.
However, that’s not always the case and it’s always a little bit awkward. To avoid the stress, try one of these methods at home.
The Yarn Method
The yarn method is probably the oldest ring sizing method in the book. In order to do the yarn method, you’re going to need yarn (or some other kind of string), a ruler with millimeter markings, a pen or marker, and a sizing guide.
To begin, wrap your yarn or string around the finger you wish to size. Make sure that it is not pulled so tight that it is stretching, which will give you an inaccurate measurement. You also don’t want it to be loose enough to slip off with minimal effort.
Mark a line on the yarn where the two ends overlap. Then, compare that length of yarn to your ruler, taking your measurement in millimeters.
Once you have your measurement, you will need to search online to find out how that measurement translates to ring sizes. We’ll give you a few of the average ring sizes below:
- 51.8 millimeters translates to a ring size of 6
- 53.1 millimeters translates to a ring size of 6.5
- 54.4 millimeters translates to a ring size of 7
- 55.7 millimeters translates to a ring size of 7.5
- 56.9 millimeters translates to a ring size of 8
- 58.2 millimeters translates to a ring size of 8.5
As you can see, the difference between each ring size is roughly 1.3 millimeters. However, you can save yourself the trouble of doing that math by finding a ring size table online.
The Ring Method
Do you already have a few rings that fit you well but don’t know what size they are? If you’re looking to purchase more rings that will fit those same fingers, you can still use your rings to figure out what size you wear.
To complete the ring method, you will need the rings that fit, a ruler with millimeter markings, and a sizing guide.
Measure the diameter of the ring in millimeters. (That means you want to get a measurement from one end of the ring to the opposite end and the measurement should run along the center of the ring.)
Once again, you’re going to need a sizing guide, although you can’t use the same one as you used for the yarn method. Why? The yarn method measures the circumference of your ring size, rather than the diameter.
Once again, let’s look at the measurements that the ring method will yield compared to the average ring sizes:
- 16.45 millimeters translates to a ring size of 6
- 16.9 millimeters translates to a ring size of 6.5
- 17.3 millimeters translates to a ring size of 7
- 17.7 millimeters translates to a ring size of 7.5
- 18.2 millimeters translates to a ring size of 8
- 18.6 millimeters translates to a ring size of 8.5
Here, the incremental change isn’t quite as even. For example, the difference between a 6.5 and a 7 is 0.4 millimeters. However, the difference between a 7 and an 8 is 0.5 millimeters. You will definitely want to find a size guide for this method.
The Print-Out Method
Do you have a printer at home? If so, you’re in luck!
One of the easiest and most effective ways to find your ring size at home is to use a print-out sizer. All you need to do is search “print out ring sizer” and you’ll find tons of hits. Then, print out the document, cut out the ring sizer, and fit it to your finger to find out your ring size.
Where to Find High-Quality Rings for Less
Once you’ve found your ring size on your own, you’ll probably wonder where to look for high-quality rings that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. There are plenty of reputable and affordable jewelers out there but unfortunately, you have to wade through less reputable jewelers to find them.
Our go-to is always bulk jewelry providers. When you shop wholesale, you can find high-quality metals like sterling silver and beautiful gemstones for a fraction of the market price. It’s a dream come true!
Find Your Ring Size at Home and Shop Smarter
If you want to amp up your jewelry box but don’t want to pay astronomical prices for jewelry, the first step is learning how to find your ring size at home. Once you know your own ring sizes, the world of high-quality, affordable jewelry opens up and you can kiss market prices goodbye!
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