Do You Have Large Knuckles? Do Your Rings Spin?
Do you have a big gem ring you've given up on because it won't stay upright? Is it sad and alone in the bottom of your jewelry box?
You Want to Hear Joan's Story and What We Did For Her and Her Spinning Ring?
Joan had a gorgeous top-heavy blue topaz and diamond ring that spun around her finger every time she wore it. It constantly slipped sideways bumping into the fingers on either side.
Aside from the annoyance factor and having to adjust it every five minutes, Joan and I agreed that a ring that tilted sideways all the time, just wasn’t worth wearing.
It’s Not Your Ring Size That's the Problem, It’s Your Knuckle!
Joan's problem with her top-heavy ring was that the size she needed to size up to to fit over her knuckle was way bigger than her finger behind her knuckle.
Basically, her knuckle was a couple of sizes bigger than her finger—not an uncommon condition.
The "Knuckle to Finger Differential" (My Name for This Important Measurement)
The difference between the size of your knuckle and the size of your finger behind it, is your Knuckle to Finger Differential. If it exceeds one or two sizes, rings become hard, if not impossible, to wear comfortably.
That was Joan's problem. I explained to Joan that sizing the ring tighter wouldn’t solve her problem. First, she had a top-heavy ring that gravity was always trying to pull down, and Second, Joan had a big Knuckle to Finger Differential. What she needed was a "Butterfly Spring" for her pretty ring.
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.
The Butterfly Spring
A Butterfly Spring is thin strip of springy metal that fits onto the inside bottom of the shank of a ring. It flattens out when going over the knuckle but once the ring’s in place, it springs up and grips the finger to help prevent the ring from spinning.
How Did It Work for Joan?
Joan’s ring needed to be a size 9 to fit over her knuckle, but a size 7 once resting on the bottom of her finger.
Once I’d sized her ring to 9 with a tad extra to make room for the spring I soldered it in. Now with her Butterfly Spring in her ring, it slipped over her knuckle and didn’t spin anymore. Joan was thrilled! “I can wear my ring again!” she said.
You Have Other Choices if You Have Large Knuckles
Speed Bumps help if you have a slightly enlarged knuckle. See my blog post about Speed Bumps.
Butterfly Springs help if you have a larger knuckle to finger differential. They also help with top heavy rings that just won't stand upright!
Hinged Ring Shanks work when you have very enlarged knuckles. See my blog post all about Hinged Ring Shanks and Finger Mate Shanks!
“Wear it, don’t warehouse it.”
When you own jewelry that you don't wear that is sad. Often times if it is a piece you don't connect with, in which case let's re-design it. But when you love it and then you don't wear it, that is heart breaking. Check out these solutions to rings that swing around. Wear it don't warehouse it!
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