Ring size should be like shoe size, right? Measure once and you are good for the next 50 years. Of course, nothing wedding-related is that easy. Your ring size can change fast depending what it's made of, which brand and whether you have lost weight (or gained a few pounds). Plus, there are two different kinds of "fits" - standard and comfort - which makes finding the right size even crazier.
How you wear your ring also matters. Some guys are the set-it-and-forget-it type. Others get tense when there's no slip and slide - they want to use their band like a mini-fidget spinner. If you need some twist in your life, you need a half size bigger, boy.
What all of this means is you need to order early. Chances are, your first try won't fit. Your local jeweler can give you a basic measurement, but that's only a starting point. Unless you are pretty sure you know what you're doing, put your order in three months before the ceremony. That gives you plenty of time to make an exchange (or exchanges).
Standard Fit… Comfort Fit… AH What!?!
Between standard fit and comfort fit, going for comfort seems pretty obvious - but not so fast. Lots of guys actually do like standard fit better. Here's the difference:
Comfort fit rings are curved on the inside, so less of the metal touches your finger. That means a little less friction for you. The edges are rounded up, so the outer part of the band is actually a tiny bit bigger than the inner part. When figuring out your size, it's the inner part you have to worry about. The point of comfort fit is that it is a little easier to slide over your knuckle. Rings that can't be resized - such as tungsten, titanium and ceramic - are usually comfort fit.
If your band says standard fit, that means the inside is flat. The entire backside of the ring is against your skin. If you have ever done any plumbing, you can picture standard fit like the inside of a pipe - smooth and even. Fancy metals like platinum and white gold typically use this design.
Taking the Plunge
Before you do anything, stop at a jewelry store to test out materials, sizes and widths. If you like the weight of silver and platinum but can't hack the price point, check out tungsten. It looks and feels the same, but it's way more budget-friendly. If you don't need a heavy ring weighing you down - or you are allergic to nickel - see how you like titanium.
Try on bands that are over and under 8mm, because you might need a bigger size if you go wide. Get a feel for comfort fit vs. standard fit, and how much spin you like. Then - and only then - are you ready to take the plunge and put your order in.
Start with the standard ring measurement you got from your jewelry store adventure, then subtract half a size for comfort fit designs. But wait - if your band is wider than 8mm, then ignore that advice.
If you picked a standard design, order your ring true-to-size and go half a size up for wide bands.
By the way - rings are sized differently depending on the country. If you are ordering internationally, this conversion chart will come in handy.
It's hard to say which is scarier - committing to your fiancée or committing to a ring. But don't worry. As long as you order from a company with a good exchange policy, you can do an exchange and get the perfect band in time for the wedding!