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Ring Size Guidance

The likelihood of knowing your partner’s finger size is very slim if you are purchasing an engagement ring, as most of the time this is  a surprise. This isn’t a problem as we have some handy tips to help you work this out. 



How to obtain the correct finger size


  • Take a ring your partner currently wears and have it measured by a professional jeweller. Any jewellery retailer should be able to assist with this but please be mindful of the finger and hand this is worn on. If you do get it wrong, do not worry. as approximately 70% of our rings come back for resizing which is a complementary service Durham Rose offers. 


  • You could also enlist the help of your family and friends. Ask one of your partners friends to do a ‘fake’ shopping trip because they are looking to buy a new ring. Whilst they are in the jewellers having their finger measured they could also get your partner to have theirs measured.

What not to do when trying to obtain the correct finger size


  • Do not rely on a piece of string to give you any sort of idea on a finger size. The material isn’t structured and will not give an accurate reading. It is important to remember the knuckle is the widest point of most peoples fingers, so the ring needs to pass over this area comfortably which string will not be able to do


  • Many people use the plastic ring sizes you can buy online. If you want to use this as a guide make sure it can slide over the knuckle and do not pull it tight once its in the correct place as this will give you a false measurement

Other factors to consider when obtaining the correct finger size


  • The finger size will also be affected depending on the width of the band. The average engagement ring is 2mm wide, but if the band is particularly wide it will create more of a vacuum on the finger and therefore the size may need to increase slightly so it is more comfortable to wear.


  • The engagement ring usually sits on the third finger on the left hand next to your little finger. If you are right handed, your left hand tends to be a size smaller and vice versa. There are no rules to follow in guessing your partner’s finger size, but if you have bought rings previously which are worn on the right hand your design expert will be able to assist with the size of your partner’s ring finger


  • If you are purchasing a ring to sit next to another ring it may be worth increasing the finger size by half a size so the ring set does not create a vacuum on the finger.

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