Ring Sizers are cute, little Jeweler's tools, designed to accurately size a customer's finger. They are supposed to work flawlessly!
But do they?
Are those little rings of Plastic or Metal (Nickel Plated) able to accurately predict a proper ring size?
Let's find out...
I believe that ring sizers ARE accurate... Almost! There are so many things that can affect and hinder getting the correct ring size.
The Width of the Ring
Is it Comfort Fit?
Does the Ring Taper?
Is it Hollowed Out?
Is it Top Heavy?
And then you have other contributing factors:
The Customer's Knuckles
Are their Fingers Indented (from wearing a previous ring)
Are their Fingers Bloated (Water Retention?)
Depending on what time of day you get your fingers sized could also be a huge factor. Our bodies can sway up or down a pound or two in just 24 hours. Your fingers will do the same. Ever notice how one day your rings fit snug and the next they are practically slipping off? That can totally throw off getting a perfect fit.
You see, there are so many outside influences that can make getting a ring size inaccurate.
What ring sizers tell you, may not mean squat!
Ring sizers are only meant as an aid to help you determine the right size. Not to be facts written in stone. That's where the Jeweler comes into play.
The Jeweler's opinion weighs heavily on sizings.
They can look at your fingers, feel them (Jewelers get a better idea of how a ring should fit on your finger by actually feeling them. Feeling the pudginess of the skin and the bone of your finger), and see what size you are close to. That helps them make a more educated guess.
Ring sizers by themselves will only get you so far.
Plastic and Paper Sizers
Plus, a lot of ring sizers are made out of Plastic (to save money no doubt), and they just don't make the cut for me. (And Paper Ring Sizers should be avoided at all times! They are totally inaccurate!) Plastic Ring Sizers feel too odd and too light weight on the finger. Metal Ring Sizers work better, because, well, you're buying a Metal Ring, not a Plastic one!
Ring Sizers come in different shapes and sizes.
3 of the most common sizers are:
Thin Metal Ring Sizers (See picture above) These are usually around 2mm wide and they work great for determining thinner ring sizes. (Mostly used for Lady's Rings!)
Wider Metal Ring Sizers (Usually around 4 or 5mm wide) work great for wider rings, Wedding Bands and rings of some bulk or thickness. (also used for Class Rings and Men's Rings!)
And then you have the Comfort Fit Sizing Rings. These are usually Plastic and have curved edges and domed insides. They help to size Comfort Fit Rings. (Before Comfort Fit Sizers came out, Jewelers had to use the Wider Ring Sizers and add 1/2 size to them in order to get a good fit!)
Ring Sizers Sizes!
Most Ring Sizers come in Full and Half sizes (Like 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5...) But they also make sizers in Quarter sizes (6. 6.25, 6.5, 6.75, 7...) also which are great and more practical for getting those in between sizes!
Do note that most sizers only go from sizes 4-12 (on average). So if you have little, bony fingers or fat, pudgy ones, you may not be able to get sized properly. Then it just ends up a guessing game! Fun stuff! Hopefully your Jeweler will have ring sizers that go from sizes 1-15! They work so much better!
They Don't Work Well With...
Ring Sizers work perfect unless you're dealing with rings that have Open Basket Heads, Tapered Shanks, Hollowed Out Insides or really Wide Rings (like 15mm wide). Those rings make it so much more difficult to get the proper size.
Plus some rings are designed with long flat Channels on top of the ring, which makes sizing it a bear. These rings can't be sized in a perfectly Round Circle without ruining the Channel... These rings will have to be sized more Oval in shape. See what I mean? Sometimes It's not so easy!
With Ring Sizers there will be errors! Sometimes you have to size a ring twice in order to get the exact fit. Fingers can change drastically in a week or two. You just never know.
The WORST Thing a Jeweler can do...
And the worst thing that a Jeweler could do is to let the customer figure out their own ring size.
I've seen Salespeople just hand over the sizers to the customers to have them figure out what size they need. WRONG! Don't do it! It won't be accurate and in many cases it will be off by Whole sizes! Customers don't know how ring sizers are supposed to feel and fit...
What are the Jewelers thinking?
The Most Accurate Way to Size a Finger
The best and most accurate way to size a person's finger is to have them hold their hand out level and relax their fingers. Then it's up to the Jeweler (Salesperson) to put the ring sizers on their finger one at a time until they find the one that fits.
The sizer should fit snugly over the knuckle, but perfect on the finger. Having the customer relax and letting the salesperson do the work (NO yanking or tugging) will give you better results and more accurate sizings. (Jewelers will actually save money doing this, because they won't have the cost of re-sizing a ring, and the customer won't get mad either at having to come back repeatedly!)
So are Ring Sizers accurate?
You bet they are, if you know what you're doing. If not... The customer is going to be standing there, jingling around 15 metal rings, trying to read the small printed numbers and saying
"Is this the right size?"
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