If you’re thinking about proposing to your girlfriend, there might be a million questions running through your head. Some answers might come easily, but as all logistics start to come together, you might be wondering: how do I find out my girlfriend’s ring size?
Determining the ring size for your girlfriend can seem like a decision that could hold up the whole process. When she tells you yes between tears of joy, she’s going to want to put the ring of her dreams on her finger – and you’ll both want it to be a perfect fit.
If you’ve kept every detail about the proposal a surprise, then don’t let the task of how to figure out your girlfriend’s ring size stop you. Many men have come before you and pulled off this part of the process with ease.
The average ring size for most women is between a size 5 and size 7. We also know that the average sized woman in the U.S. is about 5-feet 4-inches tall. You can go off these averages to determine her ring size without her knowing. If she’s shorter or weighs a little more, you can go up a size or two. If she’s thinner and taller, maybe try a size down. You get the idea.
While this might work, it isn’t the cookie cutter way to find a ring size. Everyone is different and not every woman is going to fit in with the average. Some women also like a tighter-fitting ring, while others prefer a loose fit.
It’s a good idea to keep in mind that the dominant hand might be a little bigger. So if she’s right handed, her ring finger on the left hand—where she’ll wear her engagement ring—might be smaller in size than the one on the right. Seasons may also impact how the ring fits (hotter = tighter).
If you’d rather not guess on her ring size, there are plenty of other ways to find out your girlfriend’s ring size at home.
SOME RINGS ARE HARD TO RESIZE
If all else fails, try going with a larger ring size. The idea here is that it’s always easier to size down than it is up. Sizing up is trickier as the jeweler will need to add extra gold or other metals. When you pop the question, she’ll also want to put that bad boy on immediately and take pictures. If it’s too large, you can always buy a ring size adjuster to tighten it up. If it can’t even fit onto her finger though, hopefully your photoshop skills are solid!
KEEP IT A SECRET
If you want to keep the proposal a secret but still need to figure out her ring size, here are some suggestions.
- Be subtle
If a jewelry commercial pops up and you take it as your cue to start asking her about what kind of jewelry she likes, she might get the hint. If you can, lead the conversation – or let her take charge with your guidance. If she comments on a jewelry commercial, saying she likes or dislikes something, take that as a cue to ask a follow up question – such as why? If a friend or family member gets a new piece of jewelry and starts showing it off, use it as a jumping point to ask subtle questions or as an opportunity to listen carefully to what your girlfriend says.
You’ll not only get a better idea of what style she likes, but you might get around to getting her to reveal the size.
- Sneak in while she sleeps
If she falls asleep on the couch during Sunday football, this might be your opportunity to do the measuring yourself. Remember to measure the correct finger—she’ll be wearing this on her left hand, second finger next to the pinky!
Grab a small string of some kind and lightly wrap it around the base of her finger. When you pull it away, mark the length of the string with a piece of tape or marker. Take it the jeweler when you go to pick out the ring and you’ll be pretty close to the perfect size.
- Check the jewelry box
Checking her jewelry box is one of the easiest ways to determine her ring size. Just be careful. A ring she wears on her thumb or middle finger will be very different in size than the one she wears on her ring finger.
It might be best to take in a few different rings from the jewelry box and have the jeweler get the average size. Or, take notice if she sometimes wears a specific ring on her ring finger, and use that one for measurement!
Just be sure to return the ring quickly, before she notices!
- Improvise your measurement tactic
If you’ve successfully found a ring in her jewelry box, but don’t want to risk taking it away for the day, you’re still in luck. You can do two things here.
The first option is to grab a bar of soap – the hotel mini bars are the perfect size – and push the ring down into the soap to get an imprint. Make sure you wipe away any soap residue, otherwise it’s a red flag and can potentially give you away! The second option is use wax, and to push the ring over a candle stick. When the ring stops, make a mark on the candle stick. Again, make sure there isn’t any waxy residue on the ring. Now you can take the soap or candle to the jeweler to help find your girlfriend’s ring size.
If neither of these options seem like they might work, you can always trace the ring. Get a piece of paper and a pencil – be sure to use a pencil, as a pen could ink onto the band of the ring. Lay the ring on the paper and trace the inside circumference of the ring. The jeweler will be able to size the ring from your tracing. Tracing is a safe option, so you don’t have to worry about sneaking the ring out of the house or getting it dirty with soap or wax.
Still no luck?
Try slipping her ring onto your finger. It will be too small, but that’s OK. Mark on your finger where the ring falls. Now head to the jeweler and let them measure the mark to determine the size of the ring you tried on.
Get Help From Others
Sometimes, it’s best to recruit family and friends to help with this endeavor. If you’d still like to determine her ring size without her knowing, make sure whoever helps you can keep a secret.
- Ask her mom
If you’ve asked her dad for his blessing to propose, it’s likely that mom knows the big event is coming. She might know her daughter’s ring size thanks to a mother-daughter bonding conversation in which the topic came up. Mom also might be able to ask her more directly without it seeming like an out-of-place question.
- Get her girlfriends
Other engaged or married girlfriends can be especially helpful. If they talk about their own wedding plans, it’s easy for them to chime in and ask your girlfriend about her own dream wedding day. If they’re inventive or willing, they can arrange for an opportunity for your girlfriend try on their rings, and report any information back to you.
You might even be able to encourage them to make a day of it. Have the women go shopping and conveniently end up at a jewelry store, where they can try different rings, and her girlfriends can determine what size ring your girlfriend wears. If you let the jeweler know in advance they’re coming, someone can keep tabs of what rings she tries on and what her proper ring size might be.
Just don’t let your girlfriend know there’s a master plan. Have one of her friends make up a story or simply say they want to have a fun girl’s day and try on jewelry.
- Ask your buddies
Do you have a buddy who is also planning to propose? Have him ask your girlfriend for help. It’s likely she’d be more than happy to tag along to the jewelry store to model a few rings for him or give her opinion on style. While she thinks she’s doing your friend a big favor, he’s actually the one helping you out.
If you think you could get away with it, you might even tell your girlfriend you want to pick out a ring for someone else, such as your mother or grandmother, and have her go along to help out. Slip something on her finger while you’re there to see what might fit.
- Make it a game
By cleverly disguising a question about finger size into a game, you can get your girlfriend to spill the beans on her ring size.
Tell her you heard that dividing a shoe size by two and adding three equals the size of your ring finger. While the science doesn’t back up the calculation, you’ll be able to figure out her ring size.
If you’re careful and frame this into a true/false question during trivia one night with a group of friends, she might not even guess that you’re trying to buy her an engagement ring. If it’s coming from someone else, she’s less likely to be suspicious!
- Get the jeweler to help
Does she have a birthday coming up or big accomplishment you’d like to celebrate?
Tell your girlfriend you’d like to take her to the jewelry store to pick out a special gift, such as a bracelet, necklace or earrings. While you’re browsing the many items under the glass, have her try on some rings for the fun of it. If you don’t want to make the suggestion in fear of giving away the proposal, speak to the jeweler in advance and see if they can help you out.
While you look at things in the case, the jeweler can offer to pull out some rings. Your girlfriend might not be able to turn down the chance to try something sparkly on her finger!
The bonus here is that you get to give her a special gift and find out her exact ring size at the same time.
- Be a goof
If you’re at a festival or other art-type show and you see a display of rings, maybe start trying some on. The gaudier, the better. Make a joke out of it and show her that you’re fooling around. Try to get her to join in and you might get her to slip one on her ring finger.
When she does, you’ll be able to know if it fits!
IT’S NO LONGER A SECRET
If you’ve tried your best but she has a really good idea you’re going to propose, there’s always the below to help you know the exact size.