How Do I Determine My Correct Ring Size?

Great question! For our custom, personalized jewelry, it’s particularly important we make your ring in the size that will fit comfortably. In addition to having your package arrive in ready-to-wear condition, we also know that it’s not always possible to resize a personalized ring without distorting the personalization.

The best way to determine your correct size for your ring is to visit your local jewelry store. All professional jewelers have standardized sets of rings expressly for the purpose of sizing and are more than happy to allow shoppers to use them to determine their ring size.

They’ll often have these ring sets available in different band widths. While ring sizes are standardized (unlike women’s clothing sizes!), different widths can feel differently on your hand. The ideal is to use a ring sizing set in the same width as the ring you’re interested in purchasing.

You can also bring a ring with you to be sized if you are hoping to surprise someone with a gift that is the perfect fit. The jeweler will use a ring mandrel (see photo) to determine the size of the ring.

While we always (always, always!) recommend visiting a jeweler for ring sizing, we have also have included a ring sizer you can print if you aren’t able to be professionally sized (please pay close attention to the printing instructions to ensure the sizer is printed at the “true” size).

Method A of our sizer will help you use a strip of paper to measure your finger to determine your approximate ring size. As you can imagine, there is room for error with this method, as a piece of paper is quite easy to manipulate – pulling too tightly, leaving too much slack. Method B will be a more accurate tool for determining size if you have a current ring. Do make sure to match the inside circumference of the ring to the circles provided; not the outside.

At Sorella, we use the United States (US) system for ring sizing. For a conversion from UK to US sizing, please refer to this conversion chart. As with most other areas of the jewelry industry, millimeters are the standard unit of measure that is used. You’ll see from this chart that simply knowing the inside circumference of the needed ring size will give you all the information you need.

Karat and Carat: A Primer.

It’s hard to imagine that two of the most important elements of jewelry are essentially the same word. Though the words are pronounced the same, they are spelled differently and are related to entirely different aspects of jewelry.

Carat (ct) relates to the weight of diamonds and other precious gemstones. This metric unit of measure was standardized in the 20th century, with one carat equivalent to 200 milligrams. Diamond carats may also be referred to as points, with one one-hundredth of a carat (0.01 carat or 2 milligrams) being equivalent to one point.

Because gemstones have different densities, their relative sizes will be different. For instance, rubies and sapphires are heavier than diamonds. Therefore, a one carat diamond will look larger than a one carat ruby or sapphire.

Carat weight is just one of many factors to be considered when choosing a precious gem. Cut, color, clarity, and shape can all impact the quality of the gemstone.

Karat (kt) relates to the purity of gold, and it is primarily an American term (see the chart below for conversion to European percentage measures). The purest form of gold is 24-karat. Jewelry is rarely made of 24-karat gold, as it is quite soft and thus not very durable.

In order to increase its durability, pure gold is mixed with other metals to create an alloy. These other metals may include silver, nickel, zinc, or copper. Each gold karat represents 1/24th of the whole. For example, 14-karat gold is comprised of 14 parts pure gold and 10 parts of another metal.

Karat Marking Gold Content Alloy Content
24K 99.99% 00.01%
22K 91.66% 08.34%
18K 75.00% 25.00%
14K 58.33% 41.67%
10K 41.67% 58.33%

 
While the majority of gold used in jewelry is yellow in color, metal alloys added to pure gold can change the color of the precious metal.  The alloys may produce white, rose, green, and still other gold hues.

Rose Gold Sizzles

Rose gold is hot! It’s sizzling! While this colored gold has been around a very long time, it’s never been so trendy. It’s turning up on the runway, the red carpet and in fine jewelry stores. And we couldn’t be happier, because we love creating pieces in rose gold. It’s just so darn pretty

So, what’s so special  about rose gold?

  • It’s unique and different. While white and yellow metals are abundant, rose is seen much less and adds a real uniqueness to your look.
  • It combines with white and yellow gold for a wonderful tri-color look. A great fit for today’s “mix-and-match” fashion trends.
  • It’s so wonderfully feminine.

Wondering how gold, which is naturally a yellow metal, becomes rose? In a similar fashion to how it becomes white.

Gold in its pure state, which is 24 karat, is a yellow metal. But 24k gold is too soft to create jewelry from. So, additional metal alloys are added to the metal to create a stronger material.

To create white gold, white alloys such as palladium or ruthium are added. To create rose gold, copper is the metal alloy added to the gold. Rose gold is available in a variety of karats with 14k the most popular.

Almost all Sorella jewelry is available in rose gold. Aren’t you ready for a little rose?

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