Jun 17

Ring Spin or Ring Flop…One Possible Solution – Speed Bumps

By Calla Gold

Sterling Silver Ring with Oval Blue Topaz

This Top Heavy Beauty Gave Ring Spin a Whole New Meaning Till We Speed Bumped it.

Why Do Some of Your Rings Spin?

Did you know that most women’s knuckles are bigger than the base of their fingers? Yup! This Santa Barbara Jeweler has found that it’s true. Today I’ll tell you about how speed bumps might solve your ring spinning problem.

Most women live with it, putting up with their rings twirling and flopping over to the side—not a good look. The fact that your ring needs to be so big to get over your knuckle means it’s loose once it’s over.

Read on if Ring Spinning Has You Down

Rings that have to be a full size or two larger to fit over your knuckle, become prime candidates to be left unworn in your jewelry box. This Santa Barbara Jeweler has  to say…“that’s not right!”

Despair not! I have a possible solution.


White Gold and Diamond X Ring

Close up of speed bumps  inside bottom of ring shank

Speed Bump that Ring

Speed bumps are small balls or raised domes soldered onto the inside shank of rings. I normally place two such balls, one on each side, usually 4 to 5mm up from the bottom of the ring.

For rings that spin, speed bumps help anchor your ring to the muscle area of your finger and help prevent it from spinning.

Do You Need Speed Bumps?

Speed bumps are good for women who need slightly larger sized rings to fit over their knuckles. They’re also good for top heavy rings that have a tendency to fall over. They also help on rings with thin shanks, where there’s not much there to help hold the ring upright.

Ruby Ring Etruscan Style, Calla Gold Jewelry

Speed Bumps are inside the shank. Click to enlarge

“Are Speeds Bumps My Only Option?”

Speed Bumps are one solution. The size of your knuckles and the top heaviness of your ring’s design will be part of what I look at when offering speed bumps as my recommendation.

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for rings that spin. Sometimes a simple sizing will handle the problem. Sometimes a butterfly spring  work well on some rings, while in other cases, a hinged shank may be required.

“What do I Do Next?”

Engagement Ring Hand Engraved with Speed Bumps

Speed Bumps Can Help Arrest the Spin of Your Ring.

People call me all the time about their problem rings. In my years as a Jeweler in Santa Barbara, I’ve cured countless cases of “ring-spin.” Give me a call. I’ll be happy to show you the choices that may help you wear your ring more successfully, comfortably and beautifully.

Video on Knuckle to Finger Differential

This video will help you to establish your knuckle to finger differential which helps your jeweler to determine if you need one of the large knuckle ring solutions and which would suit your finger and your ring style the best.

Big Knuckle Blog Round Up

Ring Spin or Ring Flop…One Possible Solution – Speed Bumps

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Solving Spinning Stacking Ring Problem with Speed Bumps

Finger Mate Hinging Shank for Rings for Enlarged Knuckles

How to Figure Out Your Knuckle to Finger Differential for Rings

8 thoughts on “Ring Spin or Ring Flop…One Possible Solution – Speed Bumps

  1. So many possible solutions to a flip flopping ring! I love that you take everything into consideration before making a recommendation. You’re right, there’s rarely ever a cookie cutter solution in life, so of course there isn’t one here. That’s one of the perks of having a Personal Jeweler, though… Calla, you really take the time to come up with the best solution for your customer and not what’s easiest, most expensive, or beneficial for you, and that’s what makes you so wonderful!

  2. Calla Gold, you have so many different solutions for ring spinning. Big knuckles are no longer a reason stop wearing your favorite ring!
    It’s great to have a local personal jeweler like Calla to confer with when rings spin and knuckles get big. These speed bumps are really neat!
    You’re the best!!!

    • Thanks for writing Alison. It’s great fun for me to have ideas to help with these knuckle and ring problems.
      Nothing makes me happier than bringing someone a wedding ring they haven’t worn in a couple of years with a new set of speed bumps on it and have them go, “I can wear this!”

  3. The best solution is to make the inside diameter of the ring not round. Make the bottom of the ring slightly flatter, like an actual human finger. That will stop the spinning.

    • Hi CF,
      Thanks for weighing in on your solution. I have used that flattened bottom on rings that need to be kept more stably up. Sometime the differential between the knuckle size and finger size is too great for that solution to work. The progression to assist ring staying upright could be:
      1. Square bottom shank
      2. Speed Bumps
      3. Butterfly Spring
      4. Hinged shank
      I also blogged about number 3 & 4.
      Big knuckles can be a big problem. I want all my clients to be able to wear their rings regardless of the knuckle-to-finger-differential. Hence my various offered up solutions that I have used.
      Thank you for adding to the conversation!
      Big Knuckle Problem Solving Jeweler,
      Calla Gold

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