Shopping for an engagement ring can be a trying task, whether it is a secret solo mission or a collaborative effort. Even when the ring’s intended wearer is involved in the ring’s purchase, they might not know their own finger size. And if their ring size falls outside the narrow band of the most popular measurements, then finding the right fit becomes even more difficult. A jewelry store might not offer anything above a women’s size 7 for walk-ins to try on, and yet plus sizes for women start at 10!
As the “All Hands Are Good Hands” movement points out, the fashion jewelry industry has a long way to go when it comes to inclusive sizing. However, there are increasingly more options available. Here are some tips on where to buy plus size engagement rings and what to keep in mind as you do so.
It’s good to scout a retailer with inventory that lines up with an actual ring sizing chart. At Modern Gents, we offer the full range of U.S. standard sizes, which means that most of our affordable engagement rings are available in sizes 3.5 to 13. Some jewelers do offer larger sizes as a customizable option, but be aware that the bespoke route comes with an additional price tag based on the extra time and material.
It’s worth noting that your fingers shrink and swell over the course of a day and will likely slide up and down the sizing chart during different phases of life. So even a hand model, whose fingers are showcases for the most popular sizes, will fluctuate in and out of a perfect fit. Speaking of sliding, knuckle size is a frequently overlooked factor when it comes to picking a ring that won’t get lodged on a joint or slip off a tapered finger at the earliest opportunity. Modern Gents is committed to easy returns and exchanges on top of affordable pricing for a future ring update. We also offer flexible silicone bands that can be a stand-in for rings that are being resized as well as a comfortable permanent option.
Now that you’ve finally found a collection of rings that are a size fit, it’s time to consider the best match in terms of style. Thicker fingers can pull off bolder designs and wider settings that would overwhelm thinner digits. The same goes for more complicated geometric craftsmanship.
For fingers with large knuckles, choose a wider band that can hold its own in terms of drawing attention to itself, but be careful about going too far in that direction — especially for short fingers. Selecting too wide a band or too square a stone can make a finger look stubbier than it actually is. A split shank, like our ‘The Princess’ ring, is one way to elegantly handle a wider band.
You might also consider a raised prong setting to help the ring stand out or take advantage of the elongating effect of pear and oval shaped stones. Rings that fall into the marquise category, like ‘The Victoria’ ring, accomplish a similar feat.
When it comes to proposals, the ring’s initial fit is less important than the long-term compatibility of the couple deciding to get married. But we don’t want you to be worrying about wrestling with an improperly sized band during such a pivotal life event. And we know that it puts a damper on sharing pictures of the happy moment if the ring is stuck in an awkward knuckle juncture. That’s why we want to make sure we do everything we can to smooth the way for an engagement ring that is a confident fit.