We all have different finger shapes
Buying a wedding ring can be very easy. It can also be very difficult. We are not all the same shape or size. This is not just true for clothing. It applies to wedding rings too. Our fingers vary greatly in size and shape just like our bodies.
Over the last few months, we have seen quite a few clients with one specific wedding ring dilemma. For one reason or another they have a slim ring finger, but a large knuckle. Sometimes from swelling, and occasionally the result of injury. But why is this a problem?
Large knuckles and slim fingers
In the UK, Wedding rings typically sit on the left hand. The wedding ring is placed on the third finger (next to your smallest finger.) This is shown in our image above. The problem arises from needing a large enough ring to fit over the knuckle. Once the ring is past the knuckle, it can feel noticeably loose on the finger. Clients panic because it is very difficult to put on, and to remove the wedding ring. The ring also feels uncomfortably loose once on the finger in the correct position.
How to work around larger knuckles
For mild cases, we suggest choosing the smallest ring size that will go over the knuckle without causing discomfort once in place. The use of hand cream will usually reduce inflammation whilst trying on rings. Provided there is no tightness or discomfort on the finger, the ring should stay in place.
Avoiding panic on the big day
If you’re worried about a snug fit on the big day, take one small piece of advice. Apply a small amount of hand cream to the ring finger before the ceremony. This will moisturise the finger and allow the ring to glide onto the hand, far easier than without. Especially useful if the ring fit is a little snug.
Arthritic, very large or broken knuckles
One client who purchased a wedding ring had suffered a broken finger years ago. As a result, his knuckle was very big compared to the rest of his finger.
Our solution can also be used for clients with arthritis and associated swollen knuckles. The wedding ring is created in a size that fits over the knuckle. We then insert two small beads of precious metal on the inside of the ring.
This process results in a better fit. There is also less chance of the ring spinning on the finger. Furthermore, the ring will slide over the knuckle. It can occasionally require an adjustment once the beads are fitted. The process does provide a good solution to a common problem. We also provide this service where clients cannot wear an engagement ring due to arthritis.
One of the temporary measures to avoid a turning ring, requires use of a small plastic spacer. Snuggies are quite handy for a temporary solution to loose rings once over the knuckle.
Other ‘difficult’ finger shapes
Tapering fingers (wider at the hand, narrowing significantly at the fingertip)
This shape of finger can mean that a large ring size is required to fit. Once only a short distance from where the finger rests, the ring becomes very loose. In this instance, we suggest choosing the most snug finger size possible. Once this forms a small natural wear indent on the finger, there is less chance for the ring to come off. Opt for a slimmer band that covers a smaller part of the finger.
If you have any concerns about finger shape or size, then please do get in touch for some expert guidance today.
Please refer to our wedding ring section of the website for all styles, options and prices.