It’s everyone’s worst nightmare: the “big moment” that just doesn’t go right. Whether it’s Prince William struggling to get the wedding ring on Princess Kate, or a ring that won’t fit during a proposal, there are few things as mortifying as a ring that won’t fit at just the right time.
Fortunately, this can be prevented—and if you didn’t prevent it, it’s an easy fix.
Get the Fit Right First
Although many couples talk about getting married well ahead of the fact these days, there are still many men out there who like to retain the element of surprise. And though it’s perfectly fine to go to your favorite jeweler and pick out an engagement ring together, we recognize that not everyone does it this way.
The secret, then, is to make sure you have a specific ring size in mind when you order a ring ahead of time. Here are a few methods:
- If you’re comfortable with the “secret agent” route—and we hope you’re already in a steady, committed relationship before you even think about attempting this—you might try to get a quick sketch of one of her rings by tracing it on paper. Bringing in this sketch will give a jeweler the kind of size they should pick out for you.
- You could simply ask her, bring the information to the jeweler, and wait a few weeks. This isn’t quite as sneaky or fun, but it’s the surest way—and it doesn’t have to spoil the surprise of the proposal, either.
- Enlist the help of her parents, friends, or siblings—anyone who might have an idea of what size ring to get. This does mean you’ll have to spoil the surprise for someone else, but it keeps the overall operation a secret.
“The Ring Doesn’t Fit—What Do I Do Now?”
Even if you didn’t use the helpful hints listed above, there are still ways to end up with a ring that fits. The most painful one is by using a ring that doesn’t quite fit in the first place.
If your ring doesn’t fit, remember: don’t panic. A ring not fitting right away is more common than you think, especially when it comes to marriage proposals. Simply contact your favorite jeweler and bring the piece in. They have to take a look at it in order to see if they can make the proper adjustments needed to the band to ensure that it fits.
If you’re simply guessing your future fiancée’s ring size, make sure that you’re working with a jeweler that advertises ring adjustments and repairs (also known as “ring sizing”) among its services. That way you can take the ring in to the same jeweler—a jeweler who will be intimately aware of the subtleties of this ring and exactly what it needs to be repaired and sized at the appropriate setting. Stop into Colucci’s for all your engagement and jewelry needs. We will be happy to help you choose the right ring, and make sure that it’s a perfect fit.