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Discover Your Partner’s Ring Size Without Them Finding Out

Discover Your Partner’s Ring Size Without Them Finding Out

If you have finally decided to pop the question, you are going to need a ring. But how do you find out what your partner’s ring size is?

This is a common question amongst people who have decided they want to spend their lives with their partners.

Here are a few tips that will guide you through this exciting process.

  • It’s a Subtle Art

If you want the proposal to be a surprise, you will need to find a subtle way to find your partner’s ring size. One way to do this is to pretend you want to buy a ring for your mother, aunt, or sister. Just make sure whoever you choose has hands of a similar size. Ask them to help you with the purchase process by trying on rings. This is a roundabout way to get an idea of average ring size.

  • Use an Existing Ring

If your partner already wears rings, find one that they wear on their ring finger or a similar size finger. By bringing the ring in to a jeweller, it is possible to come up with a size approximation. You might just want to make sure they won’t notice the missing ring too easily.

  • Ask Someone They are Close To

If one of the above methods don’t work, you can always ask a close friend. Many times, friends or family members already know this information. If someone doesn’t know, at least they can casually work the ring size question into conversation without it seeming suspicious. Another way to get an estimate is to have your partner try on a friend’s ring.

  • Sketch It

If you feel that your partner would notice one of their rings is missing, you can always trace the inside and outside of the ring. Create several traces to ensure your jeweller has the best chance of figuring out the diameter of the ring.

  • Just Ask

If these tactics prove to be more difficult than you thought, you can always ask your partner outright. This is not unusual for couples who have been discussing marriage for quite some time. Plus, even if your partner knows you are ring shopping, it doesn’t mean they know when to expect the proposal.

What to Keep in Mind When Shopping for an Engagement Ring

Whether you are shopping for an engagement ring or having one made, keep in mind that the final size of the ring might be slightly off. Unless you ask your partner about the size directly, of course.

The average ring size for women is anything between 5 and 7, and 10 for men.

It’s always recommended that you have the most accurate size estimate possible if you are designing a custom piece though. If anything, rather opt for a slightly larger size if you are unsure. It is easier to make a ring smaller rather than bigger.

You should also keep in mind that a dominant hand tends to be slightly larger, so make sure you are measuring the left hand.

The Temporary Setting Alternative

If you simply don’t want to take a chance, there is always the option of proposing with a temporary setting. After the big moment, you can bring your partner in for a custom fitting, ensuring the engagement ring fits as it should.

You could also use this as an opportunity to make sure your partner is happy with the design you have in mind.

Not all jewellers offer the option of a temporary setting, so you may need to ask around. Custom jewellery designers are more likely to offer this option.

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Things You Need to Know About the Custom Jewellery Design Process

Most jewellery that has a back story is a custom design. If you’re considering gifting someone with a custom piece that’s unique and can carry its own story from generation to generation, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Engagement rings are one of the most common custom designs and incorporate a mix of different elements, including metal, diamonds, band style and gemstones. Using these elements, it’s possible to create a ring that’s as unique as your relationship.

Why Go the Custom Jewellery Design Route?

Before you go ahead with a custom design, it helps to understand the benefits and trade-offs of going this route.

Let’s start with some of the benefits:

  • Your custom piece will reflect your personal style, interests and values
  • There won’t be any other ring or piece of jewellery quite like yours out there
  • A custom design is a conversation starter for years
  • There’s always the option to create matching rings, necklaces or bracelets

Next, let’s look at the potential trade-offs:

  • A custom design can be slightly pricier, depending on what you want to do
  • If you’re after quite an intricate design, it can take a lot longer to produce a custom piece
  • The process requires a good deal of collaboration but if you’re working with the right designer, this won’t be an issue
  • In many instances, you won’t be able to see or touch the piece until it’s completely finished

Understanding the Custom Jewellery Design Process

The specifics of the process will differ slightly for everyone but here is a general idea of what you can expect:

  • Sketching Your Idea

If you want to go the custom route, it means you should have a design in mind. If you simply want something unique, you can always shop around for something that appeals to you. If you think you can put a basic sketch together, do so before seeing a designer. If you’re not sure that you can accurately sketch a design, you could always describe it to your designer. If you are going this route, make sure that you can accurately describe what you’re looking for.

  • Search for the Right Designer

Next, you want to take your time to find a designer who specialises in the metal, stones and style you’re interested in. If you can, ask for referrals from those who have gone through this process before and are happy with the results. While it’s important for you to get along with a designer, it’s essential that you ask to see their previous work too.

  • Start Collaborating

Now that you have a design and a trusted jewellery designer, you can start discussing a timeline. Before the physical design process starts, make sure that you’ve seen an illustration of what it will look like. If you have any questions during this process, don’t be afraid to ask them. Your designer has several years of knowledge and should be able to give you all the information you need to feel comfortable throughout the process.

  • Ask about Warranties and Guarantees

If you’re going to be working on a custom design, ask your designer to put the details of the design in writing. This should include the elements you agreed on as well as a final appraisal that outlines the design and designer. Lastly, don’t forget to insure your custom piece of jewellery.

The custom jewellery design process doesn’t need to be complicated. Speak to us if you have any additional questions about what to expect.