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How To Figure Out Your Ring Size

Some internet websites offer rings, but they never mention the mens ring sizes! They do not offer to size the ring for you, or even give any suggestion as to how that should be done, because this requires a higher level of customer service than a “cell-phone-seller” wants to hassle with. If you order a diamond ring, for instance, and there is no size choice available, you really do not know whether the ring you get will fit your finger or not! If it is a new woman’s ring, it will probably be somewhere between a size 6 and 7, but it could vary by as much as a full size either way. If it is a ring that was returned to the seller by a former customer, it could be any size, because the customer probably had it sized to fit their finger. New men’s style rings are usually manufactured as a size 10 or 11, but, again, this is not an exact measure. To determine your ring size, you can download a helpful document from the Viridian Gold website, or drop in to a local jewelry store and have them check it for you.

Now, if you do buy an unsized ring from one of those non-service sellers, you will have to take it to a jewelry store or repair shop and get it finger ring size. Depending on the ring, that can cost anywhere from $25 up to $100–that is what someone at Fast Fix, a mall-kiosk jewelry repair shop told me. The $25 figure would be for a ring that only needed “stretching”, such as a simple yellow-gold wedding band. But, most rings will need a more complicated sizing procedure described below.

The jeweler (I am speaking of a real craftsman here, not just the owner of the jewelry store) will perform the mens ring sizing on his jeweler’s bench. First, the ring shank will be cut through at its lower portion (the bottom of the ring). By the way, gold dust is toxic when breathed, so the jeweler must take great care to protect his lungs from inhaling the dust. If the ring is to be reduced in size, the jeweler cuts the shank again to remove the excess material in the shank. He/she then places the ring on a mandrel (a cone-shaped hard-metal “finger” graduated in size from a point up to the largest ring size) and forms the ring into a circle, closing the gap and thus reducing the ring size. If the ring is to be enlarged, the jeweler also will use the mandrel to open the ring to the proper size, and then insert a “plug” of the same metal type as the ring.

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