How tight should an engagement ring fit?

If you've landed on this page, it probably means you've found the perfect partner and now you're ready for the perfect engagement ring - but how do you know what the perfect fit is? Read on for our expert tips on finding the best engagement ring fit. 

An engagement ring needs to fit perfectly, after all it’s one of the most important pieces of jewellery you will own. In all the heady drama of choosing a ring, it’s easy to forget about ring size. But from the moment you put it on, fit is one of those things – you just know when it’s right, and you definitely know when it isn’t. A loose ring will slip from your finger and catch on objects, which could lead to losing it. But a tight ring is uncomfortable and irritating to wear. We all have different fingers, so there are things you need to know for your particular hands and your particular ring about how tight an engagement ring should fit. Follow our guide below on what you can do to get the perfect fit or how to fix it if your ring is the wrong size.

How is your engagement ring supposed to fit?

An engagement ring should be snug enough that the diamond remains centred on the finger but loose enough that it can twist with only a little friction. You should need a little force to remove the ring backwards over your knuckle – so it is easier to put on than take off. 


What affects the ring size?

The size of your knuckles can impact the size of your engagement ring. Some people’s knuckles are much larger than the base of their finger, which means the ring will move around a little, because it must be big enough to get over the knuckle. If you experience this, don’t worry - the ring won’t fall off. In this case, it’s important not to choose a size that’s too big.

On the other hand, people with smaller knuckles need naturally tighter rings. But, how do you know when it’s too tight? If your ring is creating a permanent indent on your finger, that is a sign it’s too tight and it needs to be re-sized.

Fingers naturally swell and shrink depending on circumstances such as temperature, season, water retention and even stress. This is totally normal and means that your fingers can be larger and smaller over the course of a day. If you wear your ring to bed and can’t get it off in the morning – that’s normal. The same if your ring feels a little tighter after exercise, travelling or even drinking alcohol.

Finally, the ring shape can also affect how it fits. For example, those with wider knuckles might benefit from an engagement ring with accent stones as they add a little more weight which allows the ring to feel more balanced and secure on the base of your finger. It will be less likely to twist around. Those with shorter fingers might opt for a narrower band with an elongated stone shape to help create balance on their finger. 

Is it better to size up or down?

As we’re all totally unique and have different fingers, it’s safe to say most of us don’t fit into an exactly-sized ring. If you’re in-between, you may wonder whether you should size up or size down. Our advice is to wear your ring for a little while and take note of how it feels, then your decision will align with whether your ring is moving around a lot or feeling too tight on your finger.

It's also important to know that sizing down is generally easier than sizing up. To make a ring smaller, the jeweller heats up and cuts off a small piece of the band and then welds the ring back together. Sizing up is a little more involved as the jeweller needs to find the metal of the same tone, expand the ring, and then solder it back together. The sizing up process can be almost impossible if you opt for engraving or added jewels in the band – so if you’re in doubt when buying the ring it may pay to size up.


How to size your finger

If you don’t know how to measure your finger, there are a few online tools that can help you to do it at home. Alternatively, using a trained eye, a classic ring mandrel (a conical sizing tool), and a professional sizing chart, Alicia J can tell you what your ideal ring size is during a physical consultation.

Alicia J top tip: If you’re measuring your finger from home, try sizing your finger around the middle of the day. You want your body temperature to be normal and natural as this will give you the most accurate comfortable fit.

Let us help find you an engagement ring that fits perfectly. With our expert advice at your fingertips, we’re confident that shopping for an engagement ring will be enjoyable and joyful, with no unnecessary stress.



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