Have you ever noticed that some rings, despite being made out of the same material, just feel a bit different on your finger? No, you’re not overthinking it. Wedding bands are more than just a style preference – fit is an important aspect as well. In North America there are two types of sizing systems that you can choose from: standard fit or comfort fit.
Standard fit rings are flat along the interior of the ring and have the same diameter from one edge to the other. This is considered the more traditional style and is the most commonly used with precious metals such as platinum, palladium, and white gold.
If you’re not sure about what your ring size should be for a standard fit, it’s a pretty straightforward process. The easiest and most accurate way is to go to a local jeweler and have them size you. It should take no more than five minutes and just requires you trying on a few different rings off their handy keychain until you find the most comfortable size for you.
Comfort fit rings have an interior that is domed, giving it a slight rounded curve. This makes it easier to slide over the knuckle, and minimizes the area between your ring and your finger. Because it takes extra metal to make this type of fit, rings tend to be more expensive than a standard fit. In addition to this they are difficult to resize and typically are made out of materials such as tungsten, ceramic, cobalt, and titanium.
When trying to figure out your comfort fit ring size, a general rule of thumb is going half a size down from your standard fit size. However you should note that if you’re ordering a ring over 8mm this adjustment may not be needed, and it’s possible that may you need to increase above your normal ring size. If you’re not sure, you can always consult with a local jeweler for a proper ring sizing.
There’s really no wrong choice when it comes a standard fit ring or comfort fit ring. One thing to keep in mind is your lifestyle. If you’re active and work with your hands a lot then a comfort ring may be worth looking into. But when it really comes down to it, it’s all about what fit feels best on you.