If you are just about to propose to your partner and are trying to find the perfect engagement ring to match her style and jewelry preferences, you might be wondering: what is a large ring size for a woman and how can you determine your girlfriend’s ring size?
We understand that determining the ring size for your girlfriend can be a daunting task and that this process somewhat determines how the proposal may turn out.
To avoid messing it up, therefore, you should make sure that your future wife’s engagement ring is the perfect fit. To make the process as seamless as possible, we are here to help you figure out how to find the right ring size for your girlfriend.
What is a large ring size for a woman?
Unlike bracelets, necklaces, and earrings, which are more flexible in terms of their sizes, any ring should fit a woman perfectly. If it is too large, it will slip off and they may end up losing a sentimental piece easily.
Besides that, some women have large fingers so it only makes sense to purchase a large ring for them. The sizes, however, differ according to different regions.
In the United States, the largest ring size is a size 16, which measures about 3.05 in inside circumference and about 0.97 inches in diameter.
In the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland, the largest ring size is a size Z4, which is equivalent in size to the American size 14 ½ and it measures about 73.6mm in inside circumference and 23.42 mm in diameter.
In Japan, South America, and China, the largest ring size is a size 27, which is equivalent to a US size 13 and somewhere between a UK Z ½ and a Z2. It measures about 69.7 mm in inside circumference and approximately 22.2 mm in diameter.
What is a small ring size for a woman?
If your girlfriend is petite, the chances are that her hands are much smaller and she probably has slender fingers. In that regard, you should try starting at a size 4 or 4 ½ for women before checking a size 7, which is the most popular size.
In the same way, just the large rings, small ring sizes differ according to different regions in the world. In the US, the smallest ring is a size 0, which may be tightly fitting for anyone but a size 3-7 should be comfortable for anyone with small fingers.
In the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland, the smallest ring is s size A rings, which is equivalent to a 0.5 ring in American terms. In Japan, South America, and China, on the other hand, the smallest ring size is a size 1 and it is equivalent to UK B and US size 1 ring sizes.
What is the most common ring size for a woman?
The average and most common ring size for most women is between a size 5 and a size 7, with 7 being the most popular size in the US and 6 (L) being the most common size in the UK.
These figures are based on the fact that an average sized woman in the United States and the United Kingdom is about 5’4 feet. These averages are therefore idea for women within this height bracket.
If the woman is slightly shorter and chubby, then you should consider getting a size up or two sizes up. However, if you are purchasing a ring for a thinner and taller woman, you should get a size down.
Unfortunately, this is often based on human perception and assumptions, so it may not be the best way to determine ring size, but it works.
Something you should always remember is that every woman has their personal preferences when it comes to how their rings fit. There are those that love a loose fit, while there are others that prefer a tightly-fitting ring. So, you may want to look into that before purchasing a ring.
If you are ordering a rings from outside of the US and Canada, you should always determine your fiancée’s or your ring size based on your country’s standard. Once done, use the International Ring Size Chart to convert your ring size to the corresponding US ring size to place your order.
Is there such thing as normal finger size?
More often than not, you will find most people questioning what the ‘normal’ ring size for a man or woman is whenever they don’t really know the size of their finger.
While it seems the right question to ask, there is no such thing as a ‘normal finger’ size for both genders. This is mostly because every human being is built differently and for this reason alone, our fingers can never be similar.
If you have noticed, some people you meet have long thin fingers, others have large knuckles, and others have short thin fingers. You may also come across others with short and wide fingers, or another group of people with long and slightly wide fingers. Based on this, ring sizes differ greatly.
Besides that, ring sizes also fluctuate depending on the hand that you measure. To explain this better, your dominant or most used hand is often larger than the less dominant one.
So, if you are a left handed person, your left hand is definitely larger than the right, and if you are right-handed, your right hand is slightly bigger than the left.
In addition to that, temperature and body fluid somehow affects ring size. During the summer season, your hand gets bigger as it gets warmer outside, and you are bound to experience loose fittings during the winter season as it gets colder.
Also, your fingers are often smaller in the morning and slightly larger towards the afternoon. We also cannot forget to mention that your ring size fluctuates if you gain or lose weight. All these factors are normal, so there isn’t really anything like a ‘normal finger size’.
In that regard, what you need to know about is the average ring size for every man and woman and the typical range of sizes in different regions and jeweler stores, so that you can get the perfect fit. Aside from that, always try on different rings in order to find a comfortable fit for daily wear.
Ring Size Table for women
Use the ring size chart below to compare your finger measurements to the standard ring sizes.
How to determine ring size
In this section, we will discuss 3 quick and easy methods to make sure that your ring fits perfectly. Before you purchase a new ring or measure your ring size, you should ensure accuracy with multiple tries and you should always consider your knuckle sizes. That said, let’s jump right into it.
Alternative One: Take a ring from your jewelry collection and place it on a ring size chart
Here, you should do the following;
- Scan through your jewelry collection for one of your favorite rings that fit perfectly.
- Print out one of the true-to-size ring charts found on the internet, then place your perfectly fittings ring on all the circles until you find the one that matches the inside circumference of your ring.
- Note down the sizes somewhere so that you do not forget.
Alternative Two: Use floss, white thread or any kind of sting around your home to measure your finger
Here, you should do the following;
- Wrap floss, string, or thread around the base of your finger. Using a pen, mark where the floss, string, or thread first overlaps.
- Once done, slowly stretch the length of the string, floss, or thread, along a measuring tape or any ruler around your house then note down the length in millimeters. As you do this, avoid stretching the string or floss too much for accuracy purposes.
- Print out a ring size chart and use it to compare your measurement to the standard ring sizes written on the chart.
Alternative Three: Purchase a ring sizer
A ring sizer is one of the most accurate tools that you can use to measure your ring size. Once you have purchased one, you should do the following;
- Put the ring sizer over your chosen finger and pull it tighter slowly until you have the correct size. The correct size is simply one that allows the ring sizer to move over your knuckle seamlessly.
- The measured size that you should be using in this case, is the one towards the inside of the ring sizer’s buckle. If the gauge shows a point between two sizes, you are better off using the larger size.
By having a correctly sized ring, you are assured of comfort and a lifetime satisfaction.
You can use one of the three methods we have discussed in this write-up to determine your ring size beforehand for the best results.
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Stephanie is a jewelry lover when she was a teenager. Her major was fashion design when she was in college. She is a jewelry designer at SOQ Jewelry and other design companies. Now she is also a writer for our website. She writes a lot of designs&brands posts with very actionable tips.