If we’re learning anything at all about Millennials and their life choices, it is that they are trending away from most things traditional or with mass appeal. From the budget-friendly to high-end, they want their own experiences and possessions to be ethical, unique, speak to them on a personal level, and tell a story to the world.
This quest for individuality includes selecting diamond engagement rings and wedding bands. However, regardless of Millennials’ penchant for spending less on average for a ring, choosing alternative metals, gems and stones, and designing the jewelry themselves, there is no escaping one common consideration – ring size.
Whether you’re planning to pop the question and surprise your significant other with the ring, or you’re selecting the ring together as a couple, getting the size right the first time is critical to mission success.
According to Ritani, a partner with independent jewelers across North America, the method you use to measure a ring depends on a few considerations, including who you are buying for, and how much information you already know about your desired ring. There are a few options you can choose for finding the right ring size.
- Ring size chart. If you are trying to make the engagement a surprise, print out a ring size chart, find one of your SO’s well-fitting rings, and hold the ring up to the circles on the paper until there’s a match. Tip: If the ring seems to fall between two sizes, order the larger ring size. Extra tip: You might need to be sneaky to pull this off.
- Jeweler’s ring sizing tool. Some jewelers will send you a free ring sizing tool if you sign up for their email list. You can also order one from online shopping sites like Amazon.
- In-store help. You don’t have to go it alone. Professionals at select jewelry stores in your area can add their ring sizing expertise and knowledge to this stage of the ring selection process. Tip: If you’re designing your ring online, find out if your local jeweler offers a free in-store preview of your completed ring.
You can also ask a friend or family member if they know the ring size, but be sure to find someone who won’t spill the beans before you propose!
If you decide to wing it and guess on the size, try to err on the larger size, as it is easier to make a ring band smaller than larger.
In the end, it doesn’t matter if you’re putting a small, yet special token or a huge rock on your SO’s finger. What really matters is that the ring fits on their finger so they can Instagram the proposal five seconds later!