How to Figure Out Your Knuckle to Finger Differential for Rings

How to Measure Your Knuckle to Finger Differential

How to Measure Your Knuckle to Finger Differential

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

Knuckle to Finger Differential

Flopping Rings Fail to Create that Effect of Effortless Beauty They Were meant to

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

Knuckle to Finger differential

This Ring was Born to Spin. That’s Why We Put in a Butterfly Spring. 

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 ring. 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

Engagement Ring Hand Engraved with Speed Bumps

Speed Bumps Can Help Arrest the Spin of Your Ring if Your Knuckle to Finger Differential is Not too Great

There are three basic possible solutions to spinning, flopping rings. They are covered in my, “Big Knuckles, Spinning Ring Solutions” Series:

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

2.  Big Knuckles and Spinning Rings? Try the Butterfly Spring!

3. Finger Mate Hinging Shank for Rings for Enlarged Knuckles

What Determines if I need Speed Bumps, a Butterfly Spring or a Hinging Shank?

Knuckle to finger differential

A Flexible Inner Spring, the Butterfly Spring, Helps Hold a Ring Upright for Those With a Larger Knuckle to Finger Differential

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.

This Client Has a Three Size Knuckle to Finger Differential as Figured Out With my FingerMate Flexible Sizer

This Client Has a Three Size Knuckle to Finger Differential as Figured Out With my FingerMate Flexible Sizer

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.

Hinging Shanks are the Cadillac of Ring Spinning Solutions

Hinging Shanks are the Cadillac of Ring Spinning Solutions

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!

Another 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?

multi sizer

This Multi-Sizer is Flexible and Allows You to Measure for Yourself When at a Distance From Your Jeweler

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.

It Goes Flat for Easy Mailing

It Goes Flat for Easy Mailing

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. It’s the red handled sizer I’m using Four pictures up.

Like a Belt, This is a Flexible Ring Measurer

Like a Belt, This is a Flexible Ring Measurer

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



Your Big Knuckle, Spinning Ring Solutions, Jeweler,
Calla Gold

Big Knuckle Blog Round Up

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

Big Knuckles and Spinning Rings? Try the Butterfly Spring!

Solving Spinning Stacking Ring Problem with Speed Bumps

Finger Mate Hinging Shank for Rings for Enlarged Knuckles

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About Calla Gold

Calla Gold is a Personal Jeweler and Author who takes pride in working with clients one-on-one to integrate their personal sense of style and taste into custom designed jewelry and repaired jewelry pieces.   Unlike typical Santa Barbara jewelry businesses, Calla Gold has no brick-and-mortar location. Calla Gold comes to you, bringing you the jewelry collection you want to see and collaborating with you to create unique custom jewelry. Calla also works with at-a-distance clients.

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Patricia Schwartz
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Thank you for the informative blog post! Did you invent the term knuckle to finger differential? Do other jewelers figure this out for people? Lately I have noticed that some of my rings spin a bit, but they are still tight going over the knuckle. I’d like to find out what my finger knuckle differential is. I’d also like to share this with my mother. She rarely wears rings these days and I suspect it is because they spin around on her. Which is too bad because she’s loved jewelry as long as I’ve been noticing.

Amy Marie Orozco
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Knuckle to finger differential! If only algebra problems had been this interesting. See, this is why it’s so important to have a personal jeweler.

Judith Gerhart
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Ingenious describes these slippery, spinning ring solutions. I know so many people will want to take advantage of these techniques. I thank you for sharing the possibilities.

Shannon McKenna
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Shannon McKenna

Calla,
As someone with a fairly large differential of my own, I’m familiar with this problem! I spent a long time looking up solutions online for my ring. I actually never did see it explained as well as you did, though, in terms of which of the solutions that are best for smaller vs. larger differentials. Thanks for writing this post on it!
~ Shannon

Nettie
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Nettie

I take it this has to be done by a jeweller. Does this take long and is it an expensive procedure?

Jelena
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Jelena

Dear Calla, Thanks again for another informative post. I have a question. In the post you number the solutions in the order of their effectiveness. I have copied them below: 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. If you were going to include flat bottom shanks (Euro shanks)… Read more »

Alice Talmadge
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Alice Talmadge

I just got engaged. The knuckle on my “ring” finger is size 12. My ring size on the lower part of my finger in 7.7. Is there a solution for that large a differential?

Gigi zeller
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Gigi zeller

Hello Cala this is all very interesting. I just had a very special favorite ring size enlarged to fit over my pinky knuckle and now the ring spins out of control. How much is the flexible ring sizer? And how much is the butterfly spring? And do I buy it from you and have my jeweler install it? Does it have to be sodered on? Would be great if this worked. Thank you
Gigi zeller