How Tight Should a Ring Be?
Chances are, if you wear the same ring every day, it probably means something to you. After all, rings are the ultimate symbol of love and commitment, and we cherish these bands as we carry them throughout our lives. Unfortunately, traditional rings weren’t actually made to go with us everywhere we go. They’re prone to breaking, scuffing, bending and slipping off the finger.
And the proof is in the buried treasure. Metal-detector hobbyists routinely find cherished gold and silver rings buried deep in the sand and dirt. (Fun fact: One dedicated detector says he has returned over 225 lost rings to their grateful owners in his decades of detecting, proving that ring slippage is no uncommon occurrence).
Luckily, there are two essential things you can do to make sure none of these things happen to you.
First: Opt to wear silicone rings. These comfortable, durable and temperature-tolerant rings stand in for your expensive and fragile keepsakes, so it’s not a huge deal if they get lost or damaged.
Second: When you do wear your irreplaceable wedding band or keepsake ring, make sure it fits properly. In this guide, we’re going over all the details on ring sizing to ensure that yours fits snug as a bug.
Signs Your Ring Fits Right
Regardless of if you’re wearing your original wedding band or one of our less-sentimental silicone rings, size matters. Here are the signs to look for to make sure your ring fits just right:
It’s snug, but you can get it off. Your ring should slide over the knuckle with a little resistance and friction, but not enough to cause pain. You should have to use little force to remove the ring when sliding it over the knuckle, but not have so much resistance that you need to break out the soap and water.
Your finger isn’t bulging around it. Muffin top, spare tire, whatever you call it, it’s the dreaded bulge that happens when your ring is too tight. The skin on your finger shouldn’t puff up around the ring or turn red around the edges.
It doesn’t hurt, tingle or swell. Wearing or putting on a ring should never hurt, tingle or swell. One that’s too tight could actually cut off the blood circulation, preventing the skin from breathing, and that could cause serious damage.
It doesn’t leave indent marks. When you remove your ring, do you see a depressed, discolored impression where it was? This is a surefire sign that your ring is a bit too tight. A slight discoloration or tan line is nothing to worry about, but a red or purple ring means a resize is in order.
Getting the Perfect Fit
Obviously, getting your ring to fit properly is of utmost importance. But how do you do that? First and foremost: determine your ring size. You can reference our ring size chart to learn how to measure for your ring size at home using a few things you’ve already got lying around the house. A trip to the jeweler may also be in order if you’re sizing your finger for a wedding band, engagement ring or any piece of expensive or sentimental jewelry.
Your Ring Size May Fluctuate
Another thing to keep in mind is that ring sizes aren’t permanent or end-all-be-all. In truth, many people fluctuate between sizes throughout their lives, and even throughout the year. Everything from pregnancy to the temperature outside can cause your fingers to swell or shrink, so pay attention to your body and don’t wear your rings if they feel too loose or too tight. Rocking a silicone band is a great alternative to wearing expensive, irreplaceable jewelry when your ring size feels off.
If the Ring Fits…
Whether it be a symbol of your commitment, a sentimental keepsake or just something you wear because it looks cool, your ring is important to you, and you want to wear it for as long as possible. To prevent it from slipping off your finger and potentially losing it forever, make sure you always have a comfortable, snug fit!