How should a ring fit? The 5 super-easy steps to ring size perfection

Jun 23, 2021Sam Perrins
How should a ring fit? The 5 super-easy steps to ring size perfection | Pixie Wing

Getting the proper, correct fit when choosing your ring is essential.


A ring that’s too loose will fall off and you run the very real risk of loosing your precious item.


But purchase a ring that’s too small and you’ll soon find it dreadfully uncomfortable and an absolute pain to remove without some serious lubricating measures!


Knowing how to size your finger for a ring is an essential step in ensuring that you’re not left with a ring that’s too big or too small...because let's face it - neither option is that desirable.


With a huge variety of different finger shapes and ring sizes to match, choosing the right ring can be daunting – especially if you’re ordering online.


One option, particularly if you're shopping for a gift, is to opt for an adjustable ring. These types of rings are fully adjustable at home, and make the perfect gift option as they fit almost all fingers. Take a browse of Pixie Wing's adjustable rings for inspiration here.


But have no fear! We’ve combined our years of experience in ring sizing and fitting to create this super-simple guide, with 5 steps the will help you find ring size perfection!


How should a ring fit?

The definition of a good fitting ring, in our opinion is this:


“A perfectly fitting ring should slide over your knuckle with just a little resistance and sit on your finger snugly, but not tightly. When removing the ring, you should feel some resistance when sliding the ring over your knuckle, but not so much that it causes discomfort to the knuckle skin, or pulls on the joint of the finger.”


So, that should be quite straight forward. And if not, then don't panic. We can help you find your ring size...


The easiest way to find your ring size

If you’re lucky enough to own a ring that fits perfectly and you know what size it is, then guess what – you’ve got your answer!


Some, but not all, rings have the ring size stamped on the inside of the ring. So take a look and see if you know you’ve got a well-fitted ring already in your collection.


Alternatively, follow the next steps to find your perfect fitting ring size.

The 5 steps to measure your ring size


These simple steps will guide you through the process we recommend to measure your finger. This process will give a fairly accurate guide of your ring size.


Important: for accuracy and to avoid errors, we suggest you complete the measuring process 3 times through.


Another important point: We also recommend you measure your finger when your hand is warm, and not after any activity that could cause swelling in your fingers – such as after exercise. Measure your finger when your body is comfortably warm and at rest.


Step 1:

Find a piece of string or strip of paper that’s no wider than 1.4 cm (1/2 inch).


Step 2:

Wrap the paper or string around the base of your finger you wish to measure.


Step 3:

Use a pen to mark the point on the string/paper where it overlaps, forming a complete circle (much like the ring would do).


Step 4:

Remove the paper/string and using a ruler, measure the length from the starting end of the string/paper to the mark you made with the pen.


Step 5:

Use our chart below to determine your ring size by finding the corresponding size to your measurement in millimetres.


If you’re between sizes, go for the next size up.



US & Canada


J 1/2



5 1/4


K 1/2

5 1/2


5 3/4


L 1/2



6 1/4


M 1/2

6 1/2


6 3/4





O 1/2

7 1/4


7 1/2


P 1/2

7 3/4




Q 1/2

8 1/4


8 1/2


R 1/2

8 3/4




S 1/2

9 1/4


9 1/2


9 3/4


T 1/2



10 1/4


U 1/2

10 1/2


10 3/4


V 1/2



11 1/4


W 1/2

11 1/2


11 3/4





Y 1/2

12 1/4


12 1/2


Z 1/2

12 3/4




Considering your finger type when sizing a ring


Wide fingers, small knuckles

If your fingers go from larger at the palm to smaller at the finger without a very noticeable size difference at the knuckle, then you’ll be needing to choose a size that fits snugly around your finger.


Large knuckles, small fingers

If you’re a person who has large knuckles but narrow fingers, you should be choosing the smallest size which you can slide down over your knuckle and still remove without causing discomfort.

When sizing your finger using the method above, consider the fact that the ring will need to slide over the knuckle with some resistance. This may mean sizing up very slightly if you have large knuckles.


This is a particularly important consideration if you suffer from arthritis, as knuckles can swell over time and tend to get worse as the joints age.


If you’ve purchases a ring and find that it spins too freely around the finger, good quality jewellers can add sizing beads to the inside of your ring. These beads, or bumps, hold the ring against your finger, whilst also allowing the ring to slide over the knuckle.




A ring purchase is an exciting one to make.


Knowing how a ring should fit is important when considering your ring size. You don’t want a loose ring but equally, an overly tight ring will seldom be worn.


By carefully using our ring sizing process, you can be confident in your online ring purchase, knowing that your new treasure should fit perfectly for years to come.

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