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Men’s vs. Women’s Ring Sizes and How to Measure Them

While men’s and women’s ring sizes are similar, they’re not the same. If you’re trying to pick out wedding rings for women, don’t pick the wrong size or else it can be an expensive mistake. Keep reading to learn more about how to measure them to pick the right ring size for you and your partner.

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  • Typical Ring Sizes — Typical ring sizes in the U.S. for women are between sizes 3 and 9. Men’s sizes are normally between 8 and 14. Another thing to keep in mind when you’re sizing up rings is that it’s normal for our bodies to be asymmetrical. That means that your ring size on one hand could be different from your ring finger size on the other. While many people choose to wear both their engagement ring and wedding band on the same hand, particularly the left hand’s ring finger, you may decide to wear your ring on a different finger or hand altogether. Size up whichever fingers you want to be able to make a choice.

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  • How to Get the Right Ring Size — To make sure the ring fits well, it should fit comfortably around your finger. The ring should be snug enough so that it doesn’t fall off but also loose enough that it will slide off your finger with slight resistance. If you move your hand, the ring shouldn’t be able to slip off — or else it’s too loose. If you’re not able to remove the ring without soap, water and some serious effort, it’s too tight.
  • Measuring Your Ring Size at Home — You can figure out your ring size from the  comfort of your home. Before even measuring your ring, keep a few things in mind. For example, if your knuckle is rather large, consider ordering a half size bigger than what your ring size indicates. That way, the ring will be able to slide onto your finger properly. Measure your finger at least three different times because your ring finger may swell or become smaller depending on the temperature or if you’re swollen.

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  • Get a Ring Sizer — One way to measure your ring without a ring sizer is with a length of string or dental floss. Wrap the string or floss around the base of your finger. Mark the spot where it first overlaps with a pen. Stretch the length of the string out along a ruler and write down the length in millimeters. You can find a ring chart online to compare your measurement in millimeters to convert to ring sizes. Another method is to use a ring you already own and know the size to compare to a ring chart. That will give you an idea of how accurate your ring size is compared to the chart and vice versa. Otherwise, you can order a ring sizer online or stop into any local Verragio boutique to ask to get your ring finger sized for men’s wedding bands.

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  • Ring Sizes Around the WorldEngagement rings for women in the United States have different sizes from women’s engagement rings in England. In the same way that clothing sizes differ around the world, so do international ring sizes. If you’re curious, take a look at international ring sizes for yourself. That being said, if you try the ring chart method with a ring you bought internationally, keep that in mind if you’re comparing it to a U.S. ring chart.

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