Choosing a jewel as significant as an engagement ring can feel daunting; especially if you’re taking on the challenge solo. From budget to metal type, gemstone colour and beyond, there is many an important decision to make. Of all the little questions that need answering, however, the one we’re asked most often is this: “How on earth do I figure out my partner’s ring size?”
In an ideal world, the most accurate ring size measurement is gleaned by a jeweller - but we’ve been doing this long enough to appreciate that life often isn’t so simple. If taking your partner to be measured up professionally isn’t an option, you’ll be pleased to know that there are some inconspicuous alternatives. It’s time to put on your detective hat and become an expert in the art of subtlety!
Does your partner wear any rings day-to-day? Is there a chance you could get hold of one whilst they’re not looking? An existing ring can offer a loose indication of hand size. Just be sure to make note of the finger and hand that it’s worn on; these details can help us with our final calculations.
If you’re in a position to receive parcels without arousing suspicion, we’d be pleased to send you a rod ring sizer; a self-explanatory tool with reliable results. Just drop us a line to organise delivery – and consider whether you might also find it useful to borrow some sample engagement rings whilst you’re at it.
Alternatively, you might wish to measure the ring using our printable sizing guide. Be sure to print the document to scale and follow all of the instructions carefully if you opt for this method.
We understand that for some of our clients, the element of total surprise is really important. However, if you’re okay with one or two people knowing about your plans, you might find it helpful to draft one of your partner’s friends in to help. They could have prior knowledge of your partner’s ring size as a result of previous conversations and years spent buying Christmas and birthday gifts – or they could make an educated guess based on their own ring size.
If they’re feeling brave, they might even be up for taking your partner on a trip to a local jeweller to have fun trying on some rings and getting measured up together.
If the pair of you have been openly discussing marriage up until this point, you could of course come right out and ask. This doesn’t need to dissolve the magic; the simple question of ring size can be talked through without any juicy details disclosed.
If you’re comfortable involving your partner in the preliminary stage of the process, you could bring them along to a Lebrusan Studio consultation to get measured up and try some sample rings on. If you’d prefer to maintain an air of mystery surrounding the ring’s jeweller and design, you could instead take them to a local high street jeweller to get measured up, or ask us to send you one of our at-home ring sizers in the post (in unmarked packaging, of course.)
If you take the DIY approach to measuring, there are three important tips to bear in mind…
… And if, in spite of all your efforts, your fiancée finds that their engagement ring doesn’t fit quite perfectly, don’t panic. For UK clients, we offer a free resizing service within the first year of purchase.