What Is the Average Men's Ring Size?
If you’re like many men, shopping may not be your favorite thing. Even if you do love to shop, it’s not always a walk in the park. Especially when it comes to ring shopping. Most men don't wear rings in general, so there are so many variables to consider! You have to ask yourself a lot of questions when shopping for a ring, like:
- What style and design do you want?
- What type of materials should you go for?
- Do your tastes and preferences fit your budget?
- Should you go with a standard fit or a comfort fit?
- How wide should your ring be so it doesn’t look “fem”?
- And last but not least, what size ring do you even wear?
Luckily, determining your correct ring size is arguably the easiest part of the process, because once you know your size, that’s it. It’s not something you can change your mind about or blow your budget on. Yes, your size can fluctuate with bodily or environmental changes, but for the most part, your size is your size. Once you figure it out, you can give a jeweler that number every single time and find a well-fitting ring.
Average Men’s Ring Sizes
Now on to this ring sizing business. Ring sizes range anywhere from a size 3 (which is basically child-sized) all the way to a size 15, which is almost the diameter of a quarter. As you can imagine, that’s a pretty large ring! Not many men wear that size unless they are a larger build.
Typically, men will wear a ring size ranging from an 8 to a 12, with the most common size being a 10. We assure you that a size 10 is a good, average number for most men. Your mileage may vary.
Ring Sizing Yourself
If you’re not an avid jewelry wearer, it’s highly probable you don’t actually know what size ring will fit you. That’s okay, it’s a common problem. There are a few ways you can figure it out though and at least get a starting point. One of the quickest ways to measure your ring size is to size one that you already wear comfortably.
However, if you don’t normally wear rings or other jewelry, this method clearly won’t work. In that case, you’ll want to order a ring sizing kit. With this kit, you’ll be able to try on 3 different millimeter widths and 10 different ring sizes calibrated in the most common sizes. You’ll be able to test how each size and width feels going about your daily routine.
Things to Consider When Ring Sizing
There are several variables that can impact the size of your hands and fingers and therefore the size of the ring you should purchase. That’s why we recommend you order a ring sizing kit so you can know exactly what size you want and need before ordering a ring. Either way, some of the factors to keep in mind before measuring include:
Your Finger Shape
The shape of your finger will significantly impact the size of the ring you wear. Everyone is made differently. Some men have very large hands, with wide, somewhat stubby fingers. Other men have smaller hands, with longer, slimmer fingers. Some men have fingers that are wide at the base and become narrower down the length, while other men might have fingers that are uniform in diameter but have large knuckles. All of these things present unique challenges.
For instance, if your fingers are wide at the base but become narrower, you might find your ring feels snug at first but has a tendency to slide off when it works its way down your finger. This means choosing a ring that’s a little snugger than you might normally wear would be better, to prevent it from sliding.
Men with large knuckles will find themselves with a different problem. They will put on a ring that feels like it’s the right size since it slides past the knuckle easily, but then when it sits at the base of the finger as it’s supposed to, it slips and spins. Not only is that annoying, but it can also cause unnecessary damage to your ring as well.
Weather and Weight Gain
Two other factors that can impact correct ring sizing are the weather and your weight. Weather poses an issue because, in warmer climates, your hands and fingers tend to swell, especially if there is a lot of humidity. In colder climates, blood vessels constrict to shunt blood flow to vital organs, which causes your fingers and hands shrink in size. The same thing can happen with weight fluctuations. Even if it’s just a lot of inflammation and water weight from partying too hard over the weekend or eating foods with too much salt, those small variances can affect how well a ring does or doesn’t fit. Even different activities you do throughout your day can have an impact on the size of your fingers.
Different Times of Day
The best time of day to measure your ring size so that you can get an accurate estimation is late afternoon. Ideally, this will be after the lunch hour, but before your evening meal. It’s usually during this time of day your fingers are at what some might call their “normal” size. If you try to measure your ring size too early in the day, you could still be swollen from water retention during the night. If you’ve ever woken up and felt like your eyes and face were puffy, rest assured, this happens with your fingers and hands too.
Wide Rings and Narrow Rings
Don’t forget to account for the ring width when measuring your ring size. A wide ring covers more “real estate” on your finger. That means it will have to be sized larger by necessity, so that it fits properly, otherwise it might feel too tight.
A ring with a narrower band might feel larger on your finger, so you might have to size it down slightly so that it fits as it should. That means that if you measure as a size 10 ring and try on a size 10 that is 8mm wide, it will feel tighter than if you try on a size 10 ring that’s only 5mm wide. So, when trying to determine an accurate size, always keep in mind that the width of your ring matters. Adjust your size accordingly.
How to Tell You’ve Found a Good Fit
Although there is no such thing as a perfect size or fit when comes to rings, you should be able to get pretty close. The best way to tell you’ve succeeded is by wearing your ring for a few days and noticing how it fits during different times and activities. A ring that is sized well will fit snugly but won’t be too tight or too loose.
If you notice that your blood flow in your finger seems restricted, or there is a pillowing effect to your skin around the ring, these could be signs your ring is too tight. Your ring shouldn’t cause bulging, indentations, or blue fingers. All of these are warnings your ring is much too tight and should be removed immediately.
On the other end of the spectrum, you also don’t want a ring that’s too loose. Especially if you’re spending a lot of money on it. The potential to lose it increases exponentially if it’s even slightly too big. Some men make the mistake of choosing a ring size because it fits over their larger knuckles easily and comfortably, and they think that means it “fits.”
Yet many may find that once it’s past the knuckle, now the ring is too loose. This is evidenced by the ring spinning and moving around on the finger when it shouldn’t. Even if it doesn’t slide down past the knuckle completely, a ring that won’t stay in place can be annoying. Note that rings that are heavy will spin even more, and since most rings for men are quite heavy, this can be a problem. A snug, comfy fit is essential to keep the ring in its proper place.
If you do find that you have to go larger to accommodate for your knuckles, you may have to consider other ways to keep the ring snug on your finger. Sizing beads work well for this and are an inexpensive way to help your ring fit properly. You can also purchase rings with hinged shanks, which allow you to open and close the ring onto your finger, bypassing sliding it on altogether.
A good fit will allow you to slip your ring on and off whenever you need to, without struggling too much or forcing it to the point that it’s painful. In most cases, sliding a ring on and moving it past the knuckle will actually be easier than sliding it off and moving it past the knuckle. This tightness around the knuckle is a good thing because ultimately, it keeps your ring from falling off your finger and getting lost.
As you can see, shopping for a ring actually takes some care and forethought. Even if you know the average men’s ring size is a 10, that doesn’t mean it’s your ring size. It’s important that you take the time to get properly fitted, so whatever ring you settle on stays where it belongs.