Martial Arts Jewellery


Finger Sizes        

To get the maximum pleasure out of wearing your favourite ring, it is important that it fits you correctly.
This may seem like stating the obvious, but we are continually astounded by two facts.
First, the average person wears their rings about two sizes too large, our theory for this is that it's easier for shops to send customers out with their ring slightly too large than it is to try to pinpoint the size and risk having to resize it up. For obvious reasons, customers are happier with a ring which is a size or two too large than one which is even a half size too small.
It follows from the above that most people who think they know their finger size, don't.
Many people seem to worry that having a ring size adjusted is going to be a major life threatening event. Either they are going to "lose some gold" by having it sized down, or the shank will become thinner if they have it sized up.
Having a ring adjusted to your correct finger size need not be a traumatic event.

Adding Gold or Stretching?
Another question we are frequently asked is about whether it is better to add gold to a ring or to stretch it.
Each case can be different. For a new wedding ring, it is usually better to "tap" or stretch it up, whether it is being increased only fractionally or a considerable number of sizes. This applies especially if the ring has been "engineered" from a blank, rather than cast.
For a gem ring, it is usually better to add an extra piece of gold, unless the size is being adjusted upward only slightly. In fact the correct way to carry out a sizing is to add or remove gold to make a finger size fractionally too small, and then make the final adjustment by "tapping" up to the correct fit. The "tapping" is done by hammering.

Won't This Leave A Join?
But not many people realise that most mass produced rings are made to a standard finger size, and then cut and soldered to a variety of sizes. Even some custom made rings are often made to a "stock" size, and then adjusted later.

Can the Gold be Added Back?
If a ring is going down in size, occasionally people ask can the gold that is removed be "added back". Without melting it down and remaking the ring, this is not possible. The amount of gold "lost" is usually very small, and in any case it is in the form of swarf, filings and dust which may be contaminated by metal from other jobs, broken saw blades etc. Re-using any form of scrap gold without refining is usually inviting quality control problems.


Some Important Considerations

First of all let’s understand what ring sizing actually is.   Ring size and finger size are two different things entirely.  A ring is a solid, hard piece of material usually metal and it does not bend and squash to the shape of your finger. Your finger is never going to have this exact shape because it will get fat, get thin over time, and will swell and shrink with different temperatures etc. In any case, have a look at your fingers you probably won’t find them perfectly round and don’t forget the knuckle which has to be passed and might be any shape and a different size to where the ring will sit.


How Do I Get My Correct Size?

Most jewellers use a set of plain metal finger size rings. This is the best way to measure your finger size.  We believe that the best way to find your correct size is to start with a size that slides easily onto the finger. Then progressively try smaller sizes until you find one which will not go on. Your correct size will be about half to one full size larger.
This assumes that the ring you wish to wear is about the same width as the sizing ring, and also depends whether it is a plain solid hoop. If it has a hollow head, you may find that you can wear a smaller size. In general a wider ring may need to be slightly larger, and a narrow ring may need to be slightly smaller. It also depends on your basic finger shape.

It is important to obtain an accurate ring size. We suggest that you visit a local jeweller to have your ring size checked before placing your order. This is the only way to accurately measure your finger size.
Many of our rings may be resized, so for those particular ring styles if you order the wrong finger size those rings may be resized by a reasonable amount.

For this reason, we request that you have your ring size checked by a local jeweller rather than using a piece of paper or string to measure the ring size. If a piece of paper is used, it does not accurately show how the ring will move over the knuckle and does not take into account different ring widths.

If you do order the wrong finger size, you can contact us and discuss your options. The ring may be resized or in some cases you may be able to return the ring to us and have a new one made for a small re-make fee.

Please feel free to use the Ring Size Charts & Guide below.  Please remember that cardboard or plastic devices are not sufficiently accurate and you still may need to have your ring re-sized.


The Three Basic Finger Shapes

There are three basic finger shapes.
Expressed rather indelicately, these could be called fat, medium and thin, perhaps we should call them well-built, typical, and slim.
A typical or medium finger shape is one where the knuckle joint is slightly larger than the fleshy part above it where the ring is worn. In this case, the ring should be a close fit over the knuckle, but feel comfortable to wear once it is in place. With a little luck, the ring will not tend to slip around the finger, even in the case of large or heavy rings. Owners of medium finger shapes are fortunate!
The owners of well-built fingers will find that the fleshy part of their finger is larger than the knuckle joint. Perhaps we should call these people "small-boned". In this case, obviously the ring will slide over the knuckle easily, but there is a slight danger that the ring could slip off. To avoid this, it is better if the ring fits slightly more tightly on the flesh than for people with "medium" fingers. It may be worth a short period of slight discomfort with a new ring to ensure a snug fit ever after, as the flesh under the ring will usually adjust slightly to the ring.
The people who often have the greatest problem with getting a perfect ring fit, are those with slim fingers, where once the ring is squeezed over the knuckle, it is too slack on the finger, and spins round. For this problem, we have developed a "trick" which a number of other jewellers also use. We adjust the finger size so that it is a few sizes too large, we then add two "bars" across the inside back of the shank. If the top of the ring is considered as 12 o'clock, then the bars are added at about 4 and 8 o'clock. This hardly ever fails to work, although it has to be done by trial and error, as there is no simple scientific way to gauge the "correct" finger size. On average, we expect to take two attempts to get this right.


Which finger will it be worn on - does it matter?


Yes, of course it matters.  If you are going to buy your wife a new dress ring and you  take a measurement from her engagement ring then remember that she is still going to wear that engagement ring on her wedding ring finger and the new one on another finger or hand. If this new ring is going on the middle finger then allow at least a size as this finger is bigger.  If it is going on the same finger but on the other hand then it should be almost the same, perhaps it will end up a touch tight.



Wide band or narrow band - does it matter?


Yes it will matter.  If it is a wide band you should allow for a larger size.  Somewhere between a half to a full size extra.



I see on the internet all different ring sizes.  What is that all about?

Rings sizes in the UK and Australia are the same. They are letters of the alphabet and can be in half sizes and quarter sizes.  Ring sizes in the USA are numbers and can be half sizes and quarter sizes as well.The average western woman’s ring finger size.  This should give you a guide too.  If you are petite with small hands you will be smaller than a 7, perhaps a 6 or even a 5 but not likely to be smaller than that unless you are a child.  Then, if you are a big lady you will go up from seven to a 9 or 10 perhaps.  So already by now you can make a guess as to whether you are going to be a 6 or an 8.


How to measure your finger size if you have a ring to compare

Firstly measure the inside diameter of the ring.  This is a measurement taken across the centre of the ring from the inside of one side to the inside of the other side.  It is not easy and remember you are only concerned with the inside of the ring as that is where the finger goes.  Make a couple of attempts and remember that the largest measurement is going to be the correct one.  So once you have found that a couple of times you can be fairly sure that it is accurate.


Next you can measure the inside circumference of the ring

Get a stiff piece of paper as thin as possible and slide it inside the ring until it fits perfectly.  Keep cutting little bits off the ends until both ends fit together snugly.  You will then have an inside length that you can measure accurately.  Allow a touch extra because the paper will have taken up a bit of space inside the ring..  Then measure the length of the paper.  Now you have two measurements to compare with the chart. You only need one but using the two will give greater accuracy as one will be a check on the other.

Now that you have the length of the inside of the ring mark this length on a piece of very stiff paper or thin cardboard. Now tape it together so that it looks like a ring.  Make it as wide as the real ring.  Put this on your finger and then try the real ring on.  Both of these have to be the same.  Even if they do not fit your finger if it is not your ring, they will both fit on the exact same position on your finger.

Next check the inside diameter and inside circumference against the chart and read the size.  Now you must be very close to the real size if you have been careful.


I Want To Buy A Surprise Gift - What About Guessing The Size?

This is an extremely common question.
Our usual advice is to take the ring in its existing size, present it, and then take or bring the lucky owner into a jeweller's to have their finger measured properly, and the ring adjusted accurately. We advise this for two reasons. In the knowledge that most guesses are wrong, and also that, although adjusting the finger size does not normally harm the ring, there is no point sizing it twice rather than once.  Or you can attempt the following:

How to measure you partner’s ring size in secret.


If you can get to a jeweller you can do this: Put your partner’s ring on your finger.  Pick a finger where the ring fits as close to a normal position as possible.  Mark two marks, one on either side if the ring.  Leave them there and go to a jeweller and tell them you want to find out what size ring goes on your finger where these marks are.  That is going to get very close to what you need.  Make sure it goes past a knuckle as this is eventually going to happen with the real ring. 


Or you can print out the the ring size picture guide below and match the size to your partner's ring.



How to measure your own finger size when you don’t have a ring to measure


Print out the ring size measurement guide below and follow the instructions.



  • Do not use a piece of string as this will bend to the shape of your finger.  It is best to use a piece of thick cardboard the width of the new ring.      
  •  After you have measured the length then tape it together and put it on your finger just like a real ring.  Make it tight but be sure not to push or squeeze it because you won’t be able   to do that with a real ring.  Make sure it fits over the knuckle
  •   If you have used a thin piece of wire and your new ring is a wide band you must add some size to allow for this.  The reverse may also be true.  If you use a wide piece of cardboard but the ring is going to be thin then take a quarter size off.


So now you have a working model and as a further test you can check the measurements on the chart and read off the size.  You must be getting very close if you have been careful!


Ring Size Chart Guide


Inside diameter mm

Inside circumference inches

Inside diameter inches

Inside circumference mm

US Ring Size

British & Australian











4 1/2

H ½






J ½





5 1/2

K ½






L ½





6 1/2







N 1/2





7 ½

O 1/2






P ½





8 ½

Q 1/2






R ½





9 ½

S 1/2






T 1/2





10 ½

U ½






V ½





11 ½

W ½






X 1/2




Use a Ring Size Chart to Determine Your Ring Size

Determine your ring size by using a ring that already fits you. Place this ring over the nearest size circle. The inner edge of the ring should align with the outer edge of the circle. If your ring seems to fit between two sizes, then opt for the larger size. These ring sizes are in US sizes, please match your relevant country size on the chart above.



Measure Ring Size With a Finger Size Strip

You can create your own ring sizer to determine what size rings you should be buying. Simply print and cut out the strip below. Insert the narrow end of the sizer through the "cut here" slot. Place the loop around your finger, with the numbers facing the outside, then pull until the fit is snug but comfortable.


So now you have a working model and as a further test you can check the measurements on the chart and read off the size.  You must be getting very close if you have been careful!