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How to Find Her Ring Size

Jill Renee is the president of Danforth Diamond, an online jewelry store offering engagement rings and expert engagement proposal ideas for your special day. You may view the wide selection of Danforth Diamond’s wedding and diamond engagement rings online.

A great deal of thought goes into the preparations required to make your proposal unique, memorable and error-free. In most cases, months are spent selecting the engagement ring, coordinating the exact place and time of the proposal, and rehearsing the words that come closest to expressing what the heart feels on the day the question is finally asked. And just like the glass slipper in Cinderella, the ring must fit to confirm that you are indeed the handsome prince she has been waiting for.

Finding the ring size of your bride-to-be without making your intention to propose obvious can require imagination, ingenuity and a stroke of luck. Having a ring she currently wears on her ring finger can ease the burden, but most women keep their ring finger sacred and free of jewelry that would provide an exact ring size. To help, we provide the following list which contains a few sneaky ways to figure out what the size of her ring finger is.

Trust In Friends To Help

Most of those close to you and your bride-to-be are more than happy to help you on your quest to find her ring size. Think about her best friends, coworkers, and even her mom to get the ring size information. This can easily be done if they allow her to try on their rings, go window shopping for jewelry, or have them simply ask.

Covertly Capture the Ring’s Size

If you are fortunate enough to have a bride-to-be that enjoys jewelry, then make it a point to “borrow” a ring-finger ring once it is removed. In some cases, the wearer won’t notice that the ring is missing if it’s only gone for a few hours while you’re having the jeweler obtain its size. However, if the ring-finger jewelry is only removed for brief periods (such as while showering), a model or imprint will have to do. To capture the ring’s size, simply trace the inner circle of the ring on a piece of paper or make an imprint of the ring in a soft material such as soap, clay or bread and return the ring to its former location. In this way, a measurement can be made without the physical ring being present.

Use Paper or a String to Guess the Ring

If your bride-to-be is a heavy sleeper, then it may be possible to wrap a thin strip of paper around her finger and mark where the paper overlaps itself. This method will provide a fairly accurate ring size. A twist could also be to tie a string to her finger to make sure she does forget something you deem important. Insist on having the string tied to the ring-finger, and when it is removed pocket the string. This is crafty and works best on a very unsuspecting bride-to-be.

Bring It Up in Group Conversation

If all else fails, then simply comment (or have your friend comment) on a ring that belongs to someone else. This may get the ring size conversation going in your direction. Fabricate as necessary by talking about the similarities of the ring in question with your (mother’s / grandmother’s/ sister’s) ring; ask what size it is and if you can see it; allow your bride-to-be to try it on; comment on the stones; anything to get the ring conversation going. You don’t have to get the exact size now; you can subtly revisit and finish the discussion at a later time when the two of you are alone.

Both you and your bride-to-be deserve perfection from start to finish, and hopefully, these tips will help you to make sure the engagement ring is sized perfectly. By taking the time to secure the right ring size you open up more options on your ring selection and ensure that she is showing off her engagement ring immediately following the proposal. The time spent finding out the right ring size is sure to pay off big dividends on your proposal day.

Guessing Your Girlfriend’s Ring Size

So, you’re ready to propose and it’s time to buy the engagement ring! More than likely, you will want to surprise your girlfriend with a ring, so you may not want to ask her in advance what her ring size is. You may need to guess her finger size if you want it to be a complete surprise. Here are some great ideas collected from danforthdiamond.com that will help you make a pretty good guess.

1. Ask her friends or relatives. If your girlfriend has any inkling that you may be proposing in the near future, she may have told them her ring size.

2. Does she wear other rings? Does she occasionally remove them for showering, etc? Does she keep them in a jewelry box?

Option 1 – When she’s not around, temporarily “borrow” a ring that she wears on her ring finger and trace the inner part of the ring on a piece of paper. Be sure to return the ring immediately and then match your tracing to one of the ring sizes on the printable ring size chart. Or, match it to the FREE ring sizer.

Option 2 – Carry around a small bar of soap in your pocket. A hotel soap is the perfect size. When she’s not around, press the ring into the soap to make an imprint. Be sure to wipe the soap residue off the ring and return it to its proper place. When you’re alone, use the FREE ring sizer to match the imprinted circle. Just lay the ring sizer over the imprint and find the ring size that best fits the imprint.

Option 3 – Take her ring and place it on one of your fingers. Draw a line around your finger where the ring falls. Use the FREE ring sizer to measure the marked area on your finger.

Option 4 – Take the ring and slide it down a tapered candle. Mark the candle where it falls, then use the FREE ring sizer to measure the marked candle.

3. If you don’t plan on proposing for quite some time, present her with a lovely, but inexpensive fashion ring on her birthday or some romantic holiday. Giving her this ring can be “practice” for the real thing. And although you may not buy the right size initially, you will more than likely find out her correct finger size afterwards.

4. Find an accomplice! Get her mom or one of her friends, whoever would be appropriate (and trustworthy of your secret) to go shopping with her and get her to try on rings at any jewelry store. Everyone can get their fingers sized! They can excuse this as speculative fun, and your girlfriend may not suspect a thing.

5. Go shopping with her. Is there anyone else you could potentially say you’re picking out a ring for (a mother, grandmother, etc.)? That way, you could go ring shopping with her and get her to model different rings so you can see what they look like. You could discuss ring sizes, and then take this opportunity to get her finger sized at the store “just for kicks”. You will also be able to get a good sense of the styles of rings she prefers.

6. If she is a heavy sleeper, use the FREE ring sizer on her finger while she is sleeping.

7. Buy a fake ring…some $10 thing from a department store as a “surprise”. Then tell her you want to go shopping together for the real thing at DanforthDiamond.com. This way, she can pick the ring of her dreams, and in the correct size.

8. As a last resort, you could simply go with a size 6, which is the average finger size for the average-size woman in the U.S.

But just WHAT is the average size woman you ask? According to statistics, the average American woman is 5’4″ tall and weighs 140 pounds. Using this statistic, you may be able to make a good guess on your girlfriend’s finger size. Does she have a small, average or large frame? How much does she weigh? (Don’t ask her weight if you don’t know it…this could be dangerous if asked at the wrong time!). But do take notice of her frame, her weight and her hands. Also notice if she has large knuckles as well. Her fingers may be slender, but if her knuckles are large, she may need a larger ring to fit over the knuckle.

More than likely, if she is small-framed with slender fingers and weighs under 120 pounds, her finger size could range from a 4 to a 5. If she is larger-framed with thicker fingers and weighs over 150, a good guess may be in the 7-9 range. You will have to use your own judgment, but using these guidelines could be helpful to you in making an educated guess.

The average ring size for a man, by the way, is a 10, so if you are an average-size man (average medium frame being 5’10” with a weight of 180 pounds) with average-size hands, you may be able to use your own hand for comparison. If her hands are a lot smaller than yours, she may very well wear a size 4-5 on her ring finger.

We’d like to point out however, that EVERY woman is different, and there are no guarantees that figuring out her body type will correctly determine your girlfriend’s ring size. So, we don’t strongly advise going with this option. Ladies ring sizes can be as small as 4 and go up to a 10, so there’s lots of room for error using this method.

To play it safe, you can order the ring at its in-stock size, usually a 6 or a 7, and present it to your girlfriend. She can then determine the correct size she needs, and the ring may only need to be re-sized once, if at all.

Learn the Different Ring Sizes for All Her Fingers

If you regularly buy jewelry for another person such as your girlfriend, wife, daughter, etc. we’ve created a nifty Hand Chart that will help you keep track of her different ring sizes. This way, you will never have to ask her in the future, what ring size she wears!

Download a PDF of our Hand Chart for All Ring Sizes. If you are not able to download and printout this chart, you can easily create one yourself.

Have her trace the outline of both of her hands on a piece of paper. On each finger outline, have her write-in her correct finger size. You can use the FREE ring sizer from Danforth Diamond to size each finger. Because fingers are not always the same size on each hand, be sure to do BOTH hands.

Label them Left and Right and put her name at the top, along with the date. (Finger sizes can change over time due to age, weight gain or loss, and climate. So you may want to re-examine or update this hand chart every five years. File it away in special place, and you’ll be ready for every special occasion!

Create a hand chart for all the important women in your life!