As the song goes- if you like it you should put a ring it. (Beyonce)

But what size do you make the ring? Well that depends where you get your finger measured. In this day and age of the internet sales it is well noting that there is no uniform system for describing ring sizes. In Australia, UK, Ireland  New Zealand we use the letters A-Z+++ going up in ½ sizes. In the USA, Canada and Mexico it is a number system ranging from 0 to 16 going up in ¼ sizes . In Italy, Spain Northlands and Switzerland just to confuse everything they use a numbering system starting from 1 which is the US equivalent of 0.5 or the Australian equivalent of C. Japan, China and South America also use a numbering system that mirrors the USA system but only goes up in whole numbers.

Confused? Don’t be the following hyperlink chart below sets the systems out in a logical way.


 A couple of don’ts if you are trying to surprise your lady:

  • Do not bring a ring in from your lady and say make it this size- she may not wear it on the ring finger or the shank width may be different.
  • Do not put a string around the finger and bring the string to the jeweller and say this is the size.
  • Do not say to the jeweller that the ring goes to here on my finger
  • Do not get your finger sized when your hand is very hot. The finger most probably will have swelled due to the heat.
  • Do not get a ring sized when you’re pregnant due to fluid retention.
  • Don’t bother getting a ring clip. A piece of metal that fits over the shank that is supposed to reduce the size. As they are made from metal they bend and don’t spring back so very quickly do not reduce the ring size. Wrapping tape around the shank is more effective.

 Coupler of Do’s

  • Check the width of the shank. The wider the band the larger the ring will have to be.
  • Check the gap of the top plate to the band. You will find that the finger will “fill” the gap and that will effect the size of the ring.

 Another problem that we encounter is the curse of arthritis. If the finger joints are arthritic, they will swell out of proportion the actual finger. The answer: a hinged shank that avoids having to be pushed over the knuckle or knuckle balls which are a ball of metal soldered to either side of the bottom of the shank to stop the ring rolling around.

 - Ronnie Bauer