Using Ring Sizers
We can send you out a set of ring sizers--just shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, shipping address, phone number and what ring style(s) you're interested in. We can get some sizers out to you within 2-3 days. Once you get them, here's how to use them.
Most people think their ring size is correct if the sizer isn't too tight and they can easily move the sizer on and off the finger. But that's actually too loose. Imagine you're washing your hands with soaping water wearing a ring in that size... you're going to feel like that ring will slide off into the sink (not a good feeling).
What you're looking for in a correct size is something that meets with some resistance at the knuckle. Depending upon the size of your knuckle, the ring may be either just right or slightly loose when pushed to the back of your finger. Some people who have larger knuckles will always have their rings spinning a bit, once past the finger. So when you're sizing yourself, it's really about how the ring comes off. A properly sized ring will come off with some resistance/effort but you should have to wrench it off and it certainly shouldn't hurt.
Also, know that your finger size can change 1/4+ size depending upon fluid intake and ambient temperature. If you're sizing yourself on a humid day in August, you should expect that ring to be a bit more loose in the dead of winter.
The size numbers are on each ring of the sizer set. If it has a dash next to the number, that means a half: 6- is a size 6.5. If you feel you are in between half sizes, we can do quarter sizes too, like 4.75 or 7.25.
The ring sizers we send you are most accurate for estimating sizes of narrower bands - up to about 3 mm. If you are purchasing a wider band, you may have to order about a ¼ size larger to account for a tighter fit on wider bands up to 5 mm. A ½ size increase may be required for 6 and 7 mm wide bands.
If you get it wrong, that's fine. We include one resize, up or down one size, within the first year of ownership. But just know that it's easier to size a ring up, than down because to size it up a bit, you just need to give it a stretch. To size it down, you have to cut it, file out a sliver, and solder the end back together.
And if you need help, just contact email@example.com and we can walk you through it over Zoom.us
Borrow One of Our Mandrels
We can send you out a mandrel or you can pick one up at the store in Toronto. A mandrel is a metal or plastic 'stick' that tapers narrower towards the top. On the side of it, measurements are marked up and down the length of it and to get a ring size, you just slide a onto it and where it stops, that's the size. Now, you can read the size in the middle of the width of the ring, the leading edge or the trailing edge. We use the leading edge. The other thing you need to know is that the ring needs to be pretty round to get an accurate measurement. If you slide it on and you can see gaps between the mandrel and the ring, it's not round. That doesn't mean you can't take a reasonably good size off of it, but if it's not round you should let us know when you give us the measurement.
Now, all of this is premised on the idea that you can furtively get ahold of a ring that your partner wears already. If not on the exact finger for the new ring, then the same finger on the other hand.
At a Local Jeweller
You can get sized at any jeweller in your area. Some jewellers will charge for this service because, after all, they are providing a service that would normally be part of a sale in their store. We think that's totally fair and if they don't charge, it's always a nice gesture to give someone a gift card to thank them for their time.
Does the recipient of the ring have a mom, best friend or someone else who might know the size or might be able to duck into a jeweller to look at rings 'just for fun.' Of course, that should also be someone who can keep a secret. 🙂