How to Determine the Ring Finger Size of Your Partner

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Do You Know Her Finger Size?

Whether you are buying a diamond ring online together with your future partner or you are planning a secret proposal, you want to make sure you are getting the correct size for the ring to avoid disappointment and hassles of returns.

For many people (especially guys), finding out the correct ring finger size of the recipient can be a huge challenge and that is something I want to touch on today.

Basically, I had split this article into 2 sections where I will discuss the general approach to determining ring finger size for people who don’t need to be discreet and methods for people who need to keep the ring purchase under wraps.

Let’s get started with the direct methods of finding out a ring size.

1. Head to the Jeweler

The most ideal and accurate way to go about doing this is to have the finger measured by a jeweler. With special tools and a set of graduated rings, jewelers can help you determine the correct ring finger size in a couple of minutes.

2. DIY Measurements With Your PC & Internet

If the option of using a jeweler to measure your partner’s ring finger size is not viable in your circumstances or you want to do it yourself, there are a number of ring sizer tools available at online jewelry websites. For instance, you might want to check out this ring sizer widget that’s pretty easy to use.

Alternatively, you can print out pre-made templates and wrap it around your partner’s finger to get a size reading. Do take note that when you use this method, you need to ensure the print out is correctly scaled at 100 percent so that the sizer is not deformed.

3. Using a String And Ruler

If you do not want to use a paper sizer nor want to visit a jeweler, you can use a ruler and a piece of string to perform the measurement of your partner’s finger. Simply tie a string around the ring finger and mark the point of connection on the string. With this method, you want to make the string somewhat loose so that the ring is able to fit over the knuckle (the thickest part of the finger) smoothly.

Here’s an important point you need to be aware of: the hands should be warm in order to take accurate measurements. Ideally, the hands should be in an area with temperatures that are slightly higher than room temperature. If the ring size was taken in colder temperature (the finger actually shrinks!), you might end up buying a ring that would be too tight and uncomfortable.

How to Find Out Your Partner’s Finger Size And Keep it Discreet

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Getting It Right The First Time Round

This section is catered towards people who are planning a surprise gift for their partners and keep things under wrap.

If your partner wears rings, you can determine his/her ring finger size by ‘stealing’ one of their rings and taking it to the jeweler for measurement. All you need to do is to find a way of getting the ring to the jeweler and returning it secretly without being found out.

Obviously, the whole point of being discreet is to avoid alerting them so that you do not to spoil the surprise. However, if your partner doesn’t have any other rings, you’ll need to be more creative. Sometimes, it might be easier if you consult your partner’s friends or family for help or to do some brainstorming together.

Here Are Some That I Thought Of:

• You could playfully compare the size of your fingers with your partner’s and ask for proof by actual measurement.

• Ask your partner if they like wearing brass knuckles and use the chance to make paper brass knuckles for a specific costume or event. This can be a clear opportunity to measure your partner’s ring finger size using a string.

• Get in touch with one of her close friends and seek their assistance to help you out. You could ask them to bring her out for casual shopping and have report their findings to you later. Heck, they could even be more direct and help you pop the question about ring size with the excuse of curiosity.

If you have other creative ideas you would like to share with our readers, feel free to leave a comment below.

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    April 14, 2016 at 6:44 am

    Cool idea. I was searching for this only because I want to give a surprise to my husband and here I got an idea, now i just have to steal his ring for some time. ;)

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    Allan Altman-
    October 24, 2017 at 3:34 am

    I would get the ring sized afterwards. If you think it’s going to be to be too big have a ring guard put in for the time being until you are ready to have it sized. If it is too small arrange a time where you can get the ring sized immediately. That way it takes the guesswork out of sizing the ring twice. And it puts less stress on the metal. Plus it costs more to size a ring up verses a ring down. Make sure if the ring has gemstones they make sure there are no loose stones after the ring has been sized.

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    March 15, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    Get a set of toy rings. Arrange a costume fancy dress and suggest trying the rings. Use an assistant to keep track of the ring that fits.

    Wait for Halloween. Make a nail through the finger prosthetic with a bandage. Measure the girth of the bandage.

    Get a yoyo and tie it to the finger. Arrange a yoyo contest for charity event.

    Show your partner how to do a magic trick using strings wrapped around the fingers.

    Make a plaster cast of the hand.

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    Paul Gian-
    March 16, 2019 at 2:44 am

    Thank you for those ideas! I like the yoyo method the most and it can be done almost any time with little or no effort!

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