Ring size is obviously an important part of buying an engagement ring or wedding ring.
But how do you measure your ring size without going to the jewelers? Despite what some jewelry stores will tell you, the process of measuring your ring size is extremely easy.
Follow the steps below to discover how to measure your ring size using objects you probably already have at home.
Editor’s Note: Before you buy, find an online jeweler you trust—preferably one that specialized in engagement rings, like James Allen.
What You Need
- A piece of paper
- A tape measure or ruler
- Pen or pencil
Step by Step Guide
Step 1) Take your piece of paper and cut a thin, long strip from one side. It should be thinner than your pinkie nail, but size isn’t a big deal here.
Step 2) Wrap the paper around your ring finger just below your knuckle. Remember, your ring needs to fit over your knuckle if you want to wear it.
Step 3) Once the paper is snug, mark the spot where the two ends of the piece of paper meet, using your pen or pencil. Leave a mark on both ends of the piece of paper.
Step 4) Flatten out the thin strip of paper, then grab your tape measure. Measure how many inches there are between the first and second mark.
Then, match the measurement with the sizes listed on this image. The chart ranges from 5 (very small) to 13 (large), and includes comparison data for inches and millimeters. A ring size of 6 corresponds to about 2 inches (51.5mm) while a ring size of 12 works out to 2.7 inches (67mm).
Things to Remember About Measuring your Ring Size
- The average woman has a ring size of 7
- The average men’s ring size is 10
- If you measure your finger at the end of the day, your finger will be slightly more swollen than in the morning, which is why you should measure your finger at night
- If your knuckle is significantly larger than the base of your finger, then you should measure both areas and pick a size between the two
Alternatively, if the steps listed above are too complicated for you, or if you just want an easier method, then you can find printable ring measurements available online. These printable strips replicate the thin strip of paper we mentioned above, but come pre-built with measures printed within. You print it out, wrap it around your finger, make a mark, and get an instant ring measurement – all without visiting the jewelry store.