Surprise proposals are the best. But the preparation can be tasking. Besides planning the surprise, setting the scenario, preparing the day around it – there is another problematic element; the ring!
Believe it or not, most guys have a problem getting the correct ring size and go through a lot of stress to get it right.
We sat with a seventy-year-old jeweler with years of experience planning surprise proposals. The result is some tried and tested ways of getting the correct ring size every time you shop for a ring.
Here Are Some Ways to Get the Size Right
First, you need to understand that hand sizes aren’t equal.
It is all about the dominant hand. If her left hand is the dominant hand, you need to find a ring that she wears on her ring finger. Because her right hand’s ring finger may not be the same size as the left hand, let’s discuss ways to get the size right.
Use a Sample Ring
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It is one of the safest methods guys opt for. However, you need to access your girlfriend’s items, like her jewelry box. If not, you can ask her closest friend to help you and keep it secret.
It only requires patience and attention to detail. Pay attention to the ring finger of the person you’ll be proposing.
- Check what ring she wears on her ring finger.
- Sneak into her jewelry box and take the ring as a sample to the jeweler – only for a couple of hours.
- Get the sample measured and put it back in its place before she notices.
This is probably the best way to get an accurate measurement for the surprise proposal.
When Buying Online
Tons of websites have options to buy online. And what better way to buy the ring without going down to the jewelry store. But there is only one problem; no jeweler is helping you to measure the sample ring with vernier calipers.
You can also sort it by purchasing a ring measurement tool you can find online. The lines are ingrained with the ring size to lock on the measurement of the finger. So it would give you the exact ring size that you can select on the website.
Here, it’s worth mentioning that lab-grown engagement rings save a lot in cost compared to mined diamonds when bought online. They’re getting the nods from the general public for obvious reasons: no hassle of extraction and transportation that makes it a cost-effective process.
Moreover, you can buy better and bigger rocks when buying a lab-grown diamond.
Draw or Mark It
You can also take the ring and draw the inner diameter of the ring on the paper. Again, the jeweler will know how to measure the ring size from the drawing quickly.
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Also, a great way to get the size right is to take the ring and put it on your finger. The size of your hand is different from hers, so you will find the ring sits on a specific part of your finger rather than going all the way in.
Take a sharpie and draw the line underneath the ring. It will help the jeweler figure out the size effortlessly by trying samples. Seeing when the ring sits near the sharpie mark will confirm the size.
Work With a Friend
It is also one of the most trusted methods. You can assign a very close friend who would know how to figure out her ring size. Most friends also know each other’s ring size because best friends often share jewelry.
Also, the best friend is well aware of her taste in jewelry and the expectation she may have for the ring. Therefore, it will help you get the perfect ring in the right size to make the surprise proposal flawless for her.
Another genius way to figure it out is to ask the friend to take her shopping and randomly stop by the jewelry shop. You can tell the friend about a particular shop you intend to go for jewelry shopping.
In this way, when she and her friend are casually browsing jewelry and trying on some pieces, she may point out a ring or two she likes. Also, the jeweler will be vigilant to determine her size while she tries on the rings.
The Daredevil Move
You are a lucky chap if your partner is a deep sleeper; this will work well in your favor here. You can always take a string, thread, fishing line, or even paper. Take the size when she is deep asleep and keep it safe to take it to the jeweler.
It may take you a week to find the right size and be a hundred percent sure, but it will be all worth the trouble. It will make a great story to tell her and your friends about your escapades and adventures of getting the ring size. And the chances of making any mistakes are less when using this trick.
Recently couples get their hand-molded to chronicle different stages of their life together. For instance, the first anniversary together, engagement, marriage, first child, etc.
You can book to get your hand-molded by a professional, or even you can order a kit online. It can be one of the fun things you can plan to do together on the weekend.
There are tons of videos of how to mold it right. After you have the hand mold, you can take it to the jeweler, who will help determine the right size of the ring. It cannot get any more precise than this method.
When Not Sure…
It is okay if you don’t know much or you are confused to get it wrong. Most men get them sized a size more significant than their guage. The best scenario for the surprise proposal to be perfect is for the ring to slide into her finger, not get stuck.
The proposal will only be perfect if the ring slides in, even if it is a size bigger, you can always get it resized – As opposed to the ring that is a size smaller, which could make the scenario awkward.
Most jewelers cater to any such services. Also, you can discuss these options with the jeweler before buying.
To make it all perfect for her, look for an engagement ring that is made with lab-created diamonds. Unlike natural diamonds, they are ethically produced, hence no damage done to the environment – and no health risks to the laborers.