Buying a Ring as a Gift - How To Get The Right Size March 11 2017

Buying a ring as a surprise gift can be difficult if you don't know the size. 

Borrowing a ring that belongs to the person you are buying for is often not possible without ruining the surprise. Another way to go about could be to try the other person's ring on one of your fingers to see which one of your fingers it fits, or make the person try one of your rings on the (intened) finger to see if you can get a perfect match. All without raising suspicion of course!


Without access to a professional jeweller's ring sizing stick you can measure the inside of the ring with a simple strip of paper. Measure the circumference carefully by indicationg where the ends meet and note down the how long it is in millimeters. You can find your official ring size here, but note that there are different sizing systems depending on country so pick the correct one and include your own measurement in millimeters for additonal reference. We do of course use UK sizing.

Rings come in so many styles, widths and thicknesses, but a general rule is that if you measure on a narrow ring band but intend to buy a wider band then you will have to go up half a size (or possibly more, should it be much wider), and of course, a half size smaller if you intend to buy a more narrow band than the ring you took the measurement from, therefore always include an approximately measurement of the width of the band of the original ring.

To slightly increasing the size of a plain narrow ring is usually a small job for a jeweller, changing the size of a ring which is set with stones, have decorative detailing (especially if the design encircle the whole ring) is an entirely different matter. Stones will have to be removed and pattern run the risk to become uneven. Depending on the design, a ring altered several sizes might change proportions making it look different from the ring you choose. In some cases the whole ring will have to be re-made. 

Another option is of course to go for a ring with an open band, a ring which is open at the back, or at the front, making it part of the design, like a 'wrapped' ring which coils around the finger.


The wearer can usually make this type of ring fit perfectly by just carefully squeezing it, but if you include your size (email us when you place the order) we can make sure it arrives with the perfect fit.