The best way to determine your ring size is to visit a jeweler who has the proper tools to take your measurements. There are some important temporary factors to consider to ensure future resizing isn't necessary. 

Temperature
Due to fluctuations in blood circulation, our fingers are fuller when our body temperature is highest and narrower when our temperature is lowest. 

Season
Similar to above, if you live in an area with strong differences between seasonal temperatures, you may find that your fingers are skinnier in the winter time and more full in the summer time. It's not uncommon for finger sizes to change 1/4-1/2 ring size so opt for your largest finger size to accommodate the warmest times of year and just be conscious that there just may be some times of year where your ring fits more perfectly than others. 

Diet and time of day
it's not uncommon to wake up with fingers feeling swollen, especially if you had a salty meal for dinner the night before. The best time to have your fingers sized is late afternoon when you may be more hydrated and body changes are most likely to be stable. 

Activity level
Ever notice your fingers swelling after a long walk or workout? That's your circulatory system properly working and pushing blood into your extremities and fingertips. We don't recommend wearing jewelry during exercise but we understand that it happens sometimes and you want to be sized in a way that will allow for these changes.

If you are going to try to find your ring size from home, there are a few simple tips and rules to follow:

  • NEVER use a strip of paper or string to measure your ringer. These flexible materials don't behave like a rigid ring which, most importantly, must also fit over your knuckle.
  • Use a proper ring sizer gauge.
  • Wide bands (6mm and up), will fit more snugly because more metal is constricting more skin. Either use a special wide ring sizer gauge or if you can only use a skinny ring sizer gauge, we recommend ordering a quarter to half size larger. 
  • Some people have slim fingers and knobby knuckles and this is problematic for some ring styles as they will spin around your finger. Since a ring has to be large enough to slide over the knuckle, sizing balls or a sizing bar solder to the base of the ring will help eliminate the problem of the ring sliding around.
  • A ring should never require soap or water in order to be taken off.

How do I know what is the best fit?

Only you can determine what fits you absolute best. A ring should slide on fairly easily and have some resistance when taking it off over the knuckle. Your finger should feel no tightness while wearing a ring. No one else should be able to pull your ring off easily but it shouldn't be difficult for you personally to remove. Should you find yourself between sizes, we offer ring sizes in 0.25 increments. 

But what if I want it to be surprise?

We've got some great tips for you in our blog post. Talk to your beloved's best friends and family, they might already know their size. If your partner wears rings already, check to see if one of them is worn on their ring finger (or whichever finger you intend for them to wear it on). You can borrow the ring when they aren't wearing it and take it to a jeweler to check the size. Or take an imprint of it in something soft like putty or a bar of soap. We can make a good guess from there. 

Is Resizing an option?

Answer: Usually, but it depends. Every ring is made differently and resizing is not always as easy as you think (ahem, rings with pavé diamonds). If we can get your ring size right the first time, it will save you time and money. Eternity bands, intricate pavé diamond bands, and patterned/textured bands are not resizable. In these instances, a new ring may have to be remade in your correct size. If we can resize a ring for you, ideally we are only changing the ring by one ring size or less. 

How resizing works

Resizing a ring smaller:
A portion of the ring will be removed from the bottom of the band and the ring will be soldered back together again and reconstructed into a circular shape, polished, and returned to you.

If pavé diamonds are set into the band, we want to avoid needing to resize down too far as we risk stretching and loosening the diamond settings in the process of making the ring round again with a new smaller circumference and the stones may fall out over time. We take special precautions to retighten these settings during the resizing process but it's important for you to know that once these settings have been stretched during resizing, they technically aren't as strong as the original ring. 

Resizing a ring larger: 
A portion of the ring will be added to the bottom of the band and the ring will be soldered back together again and reconstructed into a circular shape, polished, and returned to you. 

Adding metal to a ring means you will now have two solder seams at the base of your ring. For this reason, as long as pavé diamonds aren't involved, we generally prefer to size down rather than up. 

Can I resize my ring more than once?

We recommend limiting resizing as much as possible. Rings will become unstable if you resize them too many times. Ideally a ring would not be resized more than once in your lifetime but we understand issues may come up and we will communicate any concerns if we have them. 

Have any questions? You can send us an email at hello@valeriemadison.com or call us at (206) 395-6359