Tips for finding your ring size

Whether you're shopping for a wedding band or a cocktail ring from fine jewelers, getting the right size is crucial. These are pieces that you will want to wear for years to come, and the last thing you want is for them to be so tight they're uncomfortable or worse – so loose that they slip off without you knowing it.

Before you shop for your baubles, use these tips for the perfect fit:

Wait until later
When some people first wake up, their fingers are at their smallest, while they're at their most swollen by the end of the day. Others may tend to be more bloated in the morning. Therefore, halfway through the day or right after lunch is the best time to measure to get an accurate read on how big the ring needs to be so that it consistently fits.

Consider the temperature
The circumference of your fingers is also directly related to the temperature. They'll shrink down when it's particularly cold, meaning the ring size you determine might end up being too tight. Thus, it's best to wait until you're in a warmer room. Or, simply run your hands under hot water before measuring.

Multiple reads on the same finger
It's critical that you measure the specific finger that you'll be sporting the ring on, as none of them are exactly the same size. Your dominant hand also tends to be larger than its opposite, so even if you measure the right finger, you could get an inaccurate read. The best way to ensure a flawless fit is to measure more than once – ideally on different days and at varying times. That way you'll get a sense of how the sizing slightly fluctuates and be able to determine your real size.

Do the toothpick test
A perfect fit isn't completely snug. In fact, Rue La La noted that a tiny bit of room is actually helpful, because it means you'll be able to get the ring on and off without a struggle. Try wedging a toothpick between your skin and the ring to make sure it has the right amount of space. However, if you can turn the ring around your finger with the toothpick in place, it's likely too big.

Make a fist
When you're buying a skirt or a pair of pants, you do the sit-down and bend-over test to make sure you can move in the garment. Similarly, you need to make sure you can flex your hand naturally with ease and comfort while you're wearing the ring. This is especially important if you're considering a "midi ring," which is one for your middle finger. According to Rue La La, these baubles have become increasingly popular. The source suggested trying to clench your fist while trying the ring on. That way you can make sure you still have enough dexterity to type, write or do other basic tasks.

When in doubt, go up
The fact is, it's far easier to size down a ring than up. If you're really on the fence about your measurement or are right inbetween sizes, opt for the larger one.