Native American Rings – Choosing the Proper Ring Size

Native American Rings:

Choosing the Proper Ring Size

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One of our customers wrote:

I am interested in a set of Bruce Morgan rings or Eternal Life rings.

He wears a 72 mm and I am having a difficult time translating his measurements into our US ring sizes. I think it would be 14 1/4. Do you think you could get one that large?

As for mine, I will go out this week and get my ring size measured… I think it’s about a 6 1/2.

My reply:


Matching rings are a wonderful symbol.

According to the chart which appears on Wikipedia, 72 mm would be more like a 14. A 14 ¼ would be almost 73 mm. Would  you double check to let me know if you want a 14 or 14 1/4?

When you go out to get your own ring size measured, please take these things into consideration.

Any jeweler should have a set of finger gauge rings that you slip onto your finger to find the size that is comfortable for you. There are narrow and wide ring measuring sets. For the type of ring that you want to purchase, use the wide set to find the best fit.

A tool the jeweler can use to measure a ring you bring in is a ring mandrel, a tapered rod with ring sizes marked on its length.

If the ring is not round, it will not result in a true measurement.

There are different ways to read a ring mandrel.

The first method is to take the reading at the point where the bottom edge of the ring stops on the mandrel. This is the method we use.

The second method uses the measurement that would be halfway between the bottom and the top of the ring. This will cause a wide ring to be marked at a slightly smaller size. We don’t use this method. Instead we advise that the wider the ring, the larger size you will require for a good fit.

It Seems That I Can Wear Many Sizes !

Depending on the width and configuration of the ring and its band, rings of various sizes will fit the same finger well.

Here are two case studies:

Case A

A woman wears a size 7 ¾ ring on the ring finger of her right hand. The ring has a 1/16” wide band all around with a small stone on top.

Native American Ring with thin band

When she tried on a ring that had a 3/16” wide band at the back that widened to 5/8” on top, she required a size 8 ½ – 8 ¾ to obtain the same comfortable yet secure fit.

Native American Ring Medium Band

When she tried on our widest ring, a 4 channel ring that is ½” on the underside and 11/16” on the top, she required a size 9 ¾.

Native American ring wide band

So depending on the width and style of the ring, this customer wears rings on the same finger than range from size 7 ¾ to 9 ¾.

Case B

Similarly, using the above scenario as a guideline:

A young man wears size 10 in a ring (see Man in the Maze below) with a band width of 1/16” or less; a size 10 ¾ in a ring (see Petroglyph ring below) with a medium width band; and a size 11 ½ in a ring (see Bear Claw ring below) with a wide band and large top.

Native American ring maze with narrow bandNavajo Scott Skeets Petroglyph ring

Navajo Bear Claw Ring

So, he wears a ring from size 10 to 11 ½ depending on the style of the ring.

In your case, when you get to the jeweler’s bear that in mind as you measure your own rings. What would be best is if you would try on a ring of the approximate width (1/4” or 5/16”) of the ring that you are looking for.

Your boyfriend should do the same, although because his ring will be so much larger, the width will likely be wider too, something like 7/16”.

Here are some ring sizing tips:

When choosing a ring, the wider the ring, the larger the size you will require.

Your fingers will vary throughout the day depending on your diet (salt and other foods can cause fingers to swell), activity level, the environmental temperature and other factors. It is best to check your ring fit at various times of the day.

Charts will vary. The one in this article is used an example.

Jewelers use different charts, tools, and methods to measure rings.

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