The Heartbreak of an Ill-Fitting Ring
Do you have rings that spin? Rings that Flop? Rings that jab you because they aren’t in the right position?
Do you tend not to wear those rings much? What if it’s your wedding ring? What?!? You’re not wearing your wedding ring?
This is For the Girls With the Big Knuckles
As a large knuckle and spinning ring problem solving jeweler, I decided to share in this blog some of the advice I’ve shared with my clients.
The first step is to get your Knuckle to Finger Differential measured. I’ll cover that in a couple minutes. There is a video at the end of the post showing how to determine your knuckle to finger differential yourself.
Since the style of your ring can contribute to a spinning ring, I’ll address that first.
Some Rings Were Just Born to Spin
Joan couldn’t wear this ring comfortably to save her life. And yet none of her other rings needed help to sit properly on her fingers.
Joan was not a candidate for spinning ring solutions on any of her other rings. Just this one. And yet she loved it. So we put a butterfly spring onto it to stabilize it on her hand. Now she wears it in comfort and gets the compliments, because a stand up big gem ring is quite an eye catcher!
Some rings by their top heavy design tend to flop around. Their design demands that you do something beyond sizing it smaller (which won’t handle the problem anyway) to get it to fly right.
The Three Possible Solutions for Taming Spinning Rings
There are three basic possible solutions to spinning, flopping rings. They are covered in my, “Big Knuckles, Spinning Ring Solutions” Series:
What Determines if I need Speed Bumps, a Butterfly
Spring or a Hinging Shank?
The first thing you need to know is your knuckle to finger differential. It is the difference in finger size between your knuckle and the finger area between your knuckle and the palm of your hand. Or as I call it, the area behind your knuckle.
The bigger the differential, the more active a solution you need. The numbers of the solutions are in order of effectiveness.
The #1 Speed Bumps, help a bit, and sometimes that’s all you need.
The #2 Butterfly Spring, helps more than speed bumps, but isn’t as awesomely hardcore a solution as the hinging ring shank is.
The #3 Hinging Shank helps a ton, but it could be overkill if you don’t have that much of a knuckle to finger differential. It also costs a lot more!
The other determining factor is the design of your ring. If your ring is very top heavy then you may need a more heavy duty solution on that ring than if you have an lower-to-the-hand design.
How is Your Knuckle to Finger Differential Measured?
I like to use a flexible finger measurer. The normal hard metal ring sizers (Pictures of metal ring sizers) can only measure your knuckle and not the area behind it.
When I visit a client in person, I use the FingerMate sizer, which allows the finger area behind the knuckle to be measured properly as well as your knuckle.
See below for my how to video that shows how you can use the Multi-sizer which can be mailed to you to determine your knuckle to finger differential if you are at a distance from your jeweler.
Video of How to Figure Out Your Knuckle to Finger Differential
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