The surprise proposal
Time to pop the question? Make it perfect. If you want to keep your proposal a surprise until the last minute, figuring out what size of engagement ring to buy can be a challenge. We’re not talking about the size of the diamond, but about the size of the engagement ring band. Thankfully, there are a few ways you can find your wife-to-be’s ring size without giving her any hint you’re about to propose.
Use one of her existing rings
Download a ring size chart here (it’s free). Print it out, making sure it is zoomed to 100% to ensure the scale is correct. Now, get a hold of one of her rings. She probably keeps her jewelry in a box or drawer — locate it, and select a ring that you have seen her wearing in the past.
Set the ring down on top of the ring size chart, and find the circle that best matches the inner diameter of her ring. If her ring does not exactly match any of the circles, choose the circle that is slightly larger than her ring. Write down the number within the circle that is the closest match — it’s easy to forget if you don’t make a note! Now, take this ring size number to a jeweler or online ring marketplace when you’re ready to purchase her engagement ring.
Call in the cavalry
If you’re unable to use one of her existing rings, you may need to enlist the help of one of her close friends, sisters or mom. Here are a few ideas. Just make sure you choose someone to help who you’re sure won’t accidentally spill the beans.
- Simply ask one of her close female friends or family members if they know her ring size — they may know exactly, or they may know her hand size well enough to make an educated guess.
- Ask them to take her shopping and try on some jewelry together, including some rings. They can attempt to get a hold of one ring that fits her and find out its size, whether from the price tag or from a sales associate. A great premise your wing-woman can use for this shopping trip is that she wants to pick out a fashion ring for herself, and needs company.
- If your wife-to-be has a favorite local jeweler who she often shops with, it is possible they have sold her a fashion ring and have her ring size on file. Simply call and ask them.
Of course, you can always take your best guess and resize afterward using Ritani’s free resizing service. If you do take a guess, err on the larger side, as it’s easier for jewelers to make a band smaller than larger.
Most importantly, take a deep breath. You’re about to propose! She will be thrilled by the ring and the fact that you want to spend the rest of your life with her — and that is the most exciting part of this moment.