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It’s nice when your ring is serving as a reminder of your loving partnership. Unless that reminder feels like it is cutting off the blood circulation to your finger. So, how should a ring fit? Here’s a clue: taking your ring on and off should be a cinch, not a pinch. Because your finger size is constantly shifting, a constant perfect fit is a bit of a pipe dream. But you shouldn’t have to keep an ice bucket or a roll of dental floss on hand every time you want to take your ring off to do the dishes. If your ring is too tight, here are some common causes and practical solutions.

1. Improper Sizing

Maybe the ring was never properly sized to begin with. Possibly because it was a guesstimate from someone trying to pull off a stealth proposal. Or maybe you never saw our handy guide on how to measure ring size at home. Maybe there was a mistake when you went to get measured by the jeweler.


However the mistake happened, don’t resign yourself to a lifetime of discomfort! This one isn’t that hard of a fix. Make sure you get a proper measurement and that you are truly comfortable after a resizing. 

Discover How to Measure Your Ring Size at Home Properly

2. Ring Damage

Maybe the ring itself was correctly sized, but it got bent out of shape. Rings are designed to be durable, and most things that would warp a ring would also do damage to a finger. But accidents do happen. For example, a ring that was a bit too loose fell down a drain and had to be extracted with pliers. It may have been a bit too loose before, but since the squeeze, it’s way too...rectangular. 

a jeweler cleaning a wedding band

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A jeweler might be able to restore the ring to its original shape, but there’s a good chance you will have to seek out a replacement. The good news is that Modern Gents offers affordable yet quality rings, so you don’t have to break the bank when shopping for a new ring!

3. Finger Swelling

But usually the cause of ring tightness isn’t the ring, but rather your finger. Your finger can swell or shrink depending on the time of day, diet, altitude and temperature. Most of those changes are a part of daily life, though something like a pregnancy can represent a dramatic period of time. 


a woman wearing the flex wedding band in black

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  • Alternate Ring: If you know that you are going to have a phase of life that will subject your finger to more dramatic size fluctuations, consider getting an alternate ring. If you are embarking on a summer hiking through the Andes or staring down the final trimester, a silicone ring might be a more comfortable symbol of your love instead of a needlessly painful reminder. A flexible ring might even be an option if you are being bothered by severe fluctuations from day to day.
  • Settle on a Slightly Larger Size: It’s generally better for a ring to be a bit larger than a little too small. You can always keep your ring in a secure place if you are worried about it slipping off if it is too loose, whereas if you can’t get it off your finger in the first place, you are stuck with the discomfort. And there are a few hacks (such as tape and clear polish) to temporarily hold down the fort till the ring is snug again. Just make sure you aren’t putting anything on the ring that you can’t remove without damaging it.
  • You want your ring to give you a warm feeling, not a numb feeling. That’s one of the reasons Modern Gents is so committed to hassle-free returns and a wide selection of materials and sizes so you have plenty of options when it comes to getting the right fit.

    Consult Our Handy Ring Size Chart