The wedding ring is a symbol of love and commitment between two people. It only seems right that the size and the ring style be adjusted to fit correctly too. No one wants an uncomfortable engagement or wedding ring.
Wedding rings are meant to be worn all the time, forever. If a ring is too big, it can slip off quite easily. A loose wedding ring can also be a danger as one may catch on something and get badly hurt or damage the ring beyond repair.
In this case, it is important to get a ring that fits perfectly. A ring that is too tight will be difficult to wear and may cause skin irritation and, in severe cases, blood circulation problems.
- 1 How Tight Should My Ring Fit?
- 2 How to Tell if an Engagement Ring Fits Correctly?
- 3 Why Do Our Fingers Fluctuate in Size?
- 4 Final Thoughts
How Tight Should My Ring Fit?
The thickness of one’s fingers changes over time. As the years pass by, one’s fingers may shrink or swell due to weather and age. This can make ring sizing incredibly difficult.
Ring sizing should be based on the width of one’s knuckle rather than their finger size. You can’t find enlarged knuckles since they tend to remain constant in width and circumference over time, while the rest of the finger tends to change (in thickness and length).
How to Tell if a Ring is Too Tight?
1. The ring feels tight and uncomfortable when worn for a long time
2. There is increased blood flow to the finger, making it red or purplish in color
3. There’s swelling around the knuckle joint
4. It is difficult to remove the ring after wearing for a prolonged period of time
5. One experiences pulling or tugging while wearing the band
6. The ring leaves an imprint on your finger, even after removing it
7. There’s a reaction or irritation on the skin of the knuckles because of the tightness of the ring
10. Your fingers have increased in size over time and your wedding bands no longer fits properly
How to Tell if a Ring is Too Loose?
- The ring slides freely over the end of your finger: The band should hug the contours of your finger
- The opening of the ring (on the top or bottom) easily falls below/above the knuckle: A ring should sit snuggly against the skin at the base of your finger and above your knuckle–not way below or way above
- There’s a gap or space between the ring and your skin at the side of the band: It’s normal for a ring to fit tightly, leaving a mark on one’s finger. But if there is more of a gap than a trace of color from your wedding ring, it isn’t fitting properly
- The ring feels loose when you hold it outstretched between your thumb and index finger
- The ring spins over the side of your finger shape when you move it up and down
- It’s not difficult to remove it: One major sign of a loose ring is ease when it comes to removing the band from your finger. If one can easily slip the band off without feeling/seeing any pain or discomfort, then the ring is likely too big
If any of these signs sound familiar, it’s time to get the wedding band sized to fit perfectly! Your fingers won’t stay the same finger size forever. Just because you used to fit into your
How to Tell if an Engagement Ring Fits Correctly?
The ring fits correctly when it can be worn comfortably on the proper finger for an extended period of time without causing any signs of distress.
The band should feel tight enough to stay in place but loose enough that one can move easily without catching or pinching the skin.
There should also be no sign of redness, pain or swelling on your finger after wearing the band for a few hours.
The best way to determine your ring sizes is to visit a local jewelry store. The ring must fit over the knuckle without too much pressure, discomfort or movement. If it’s too tight, there may be damage to the skin and nerves. If it’s too loose, one could lose the wedding band easily (or even worse–a thief could steal it).
Ring Size May Fluctuate
Your ring size is not an absolute, and it may fluctuate over time, depending on the temperature or how your body is reacting to hormones. You can find a more accurate measurement of your ring by visiting a jeweler.
At that time, you can either have them permanently size your finger or buy a kit from a drugstore to self-size. If you are buying a kit, follow the directions carefully and measure your finger in warm temperatures when it’s at its largest.
The width of your ring may alter how tight or loose it needs to be for proper fit. Generally, wider bands require more space to pass over larger knuckles and therefore need to fit looser. Thinner bands can fit tighter because they are less bulky and more flexible.
Why Do Our Fingers Fluctuate in Size?
There are a number of reasons why your fingers change sizes, including:
Extreme Temperature/Humidity Changes
Certain weather conditions may affect the size of the finger, swelling them in humid climates and making rings feel tighter in the snow or rain.
We all know that gold and other metals expand and contract with changes in outside temperatures.’ This means that your ring may not fit snug on a hot day as it does during the winter months.
Hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy or puberty. Because of this, you might experience an increase in the size of your ring finger before and after pregnancy/menstruation as well as during ovulation. The same thing happens during puberty for both boys and girls.
Seasonal Weight Gain/Loss
If you gain weight or lose, your ring may feel looser or tighter depending on whether the scale is moving up or down.
It’s common for the ring to fit tighter when it hasn’t been washed in a few days because soaps, lotions and other chemicals may leave behind residue on the skin that reduces elasticity, causing the band to fit snugly.
This condition causes the fingers to swell over time, which makes rings feel tight. Typically, arthritis can be diagnosed by a doctor or physical therapist during a routine examination.
If your fingers swell on occasion for no apparent reason, you may have water retention. This is usually caused by fluid build-up or thermal activity (e.g., saunas) and can be relieved overnight with the help of some over-the-counter medication.
Your diet also has an effect on finger size. Large amounts of sodium can cause fluid retention. This may make rings feel tighter until the body has passed the extra salt through urine or other excretion methods.
The same types of exercise that make you slim down may also decrease the size of your fingers. Regular exercise (especially weight training) tends to increase muscle mass, which results in some loss of finger volume over time.
If you’re having trouble with a too-tight ring and your fingers don’t seem to be growing any larger, we recommend visiting a jeweler to have the ring resized. While some people prefer that their rings to fit tightly, others enjoy the freedom of removing them when they wash their hands or do other activities.
Don’t hesitate to contact us for further information on sizing your rings! We are here to help you in any way possible to get a perfect ring.