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How to Secretly Measure Ring Size


You’ve found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with and you’ve decided to pop the question. Congratulations! This is sure to be an exciting and joyous time in both of your lives.


Along with all of that joy, though, can come a bit of stress. Perhaps you know their style in jewelry, and perhaps you don’t, but most likely you don’t have an inkling as to their ring size. If you want a surprise proposal, you don’t want to spoil it by asking them for their ring size, so how can you figure it out with them being none the wiser?


Here are a few simple tricks to figure out what size engagement ring will fit your future fiancé perfectly:


Hijack their jewelry box.


If your future spouse has any rings they wear somewhat regularly, try sneaking one out of their jewelry box and bringing it to a jeweler who will size it for you.


If you can, try to swipe one they wear on their ring finger (preferably left, as the right one can be a bit larger if they’re right handed). If you can’t get one that’s worn on the ring finger, try to make note of what finger the ring is worn on, and a jeweler can often help guesstimate the size based on the size of the ring you brought in.


Use a bar of soap.


When it comes to popping the question, soap isn’t just for hygienic purposes. A good ol’ regular bar of soap can come in handy if you aren’t able to get their ring out of the house unnoticed.


While the ring is in their jewelry box or somewhere not on their person, take a bar of soap and press the ring into it to create an indentation. Take the bar into a jeweler and they can measure the diameter to determine the size. Take care to rinse the ring with water if any soap gets on it, and if you’d rather ditch the soap, you can trace the inside of the ring on a piece of paper to achieve the same result.


Wait until they’re asleep.


If you’re light of hand or they’re a heavy sleeper, you can measure their finger in their sleep. Simply use a thin strip of paper or piece of string and wrap it around their ring finger (make sure it’s the left hand!). Make note of where the paper or string met the other side, and a jeweler can help you figure out their ring size with that information.


Feign a gift.


Say you’re getting a ring as a gift for a mother or sister and take them along. Ask them to try the rings on to give you a visual as to how they look on the hand. You can give the jeweler a heads up prior to your arrival and they can make notes of what size fit the best, and you may even gain more knowledge into the styles they enjoy the most.


Ask around.


If you’re not very sneaky, you may be better off just asking their family and friends for their size. Be sure whoever you’re asking is trustworthy enough not to spill the beans, and that they actually know what their ring size is, or have a very approximate guess.



Using one of these techniques will help you get as close to the correct size as you can, but there are still a couple of things to keep in mind if you’re still unsure if you measured correctly. It’s much easier to size down than to size up, so you’re safe if the ring is a bit too big. Plus being a bit too large is better than being too small for the slew of photos that will be surely be taken.


It’s also important to note that rings made of titanium, tungsten, and stainless steel are incredibly strong, so it’s very difficult to resize rings made of those materials. Bands that are patterned all the way around also cannot be resized.


Keep all of this in mind as you search for the perfect ring, happy shopping!


IMG Jewelers is a quality jeweler that has served the Cleveland area for more than 50 years. Please stop by our Lyndhurst showroom and we can help you select the perfect engagement ring, or you can contact us with any questions.



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