My hands have never been my favourite feature, and it seems I am not alone. For a start, my hands are quite small considering I am over 5’9″. Secondly, ever since I was a little girl I have had wrinkly palms. Now, you can add the backs of the hands to that description. Finally I have eczema, and therefore they are usually dry- more than ever with this relentless hand washing!
In my 30s after having my children I developed an allergy to earrings. This was annoying- not only had I worn earrings every day since I was 13 years old (having begged my mother to let me have them pierced. She relented. Originally I was meant to wait until I was 16) but I worked with and made jewellery for a living. This seemed a cruel twist of fate.
That’s when I discovered rings. I’ve had customers say they don’t like their hands (too big, too, small, too fat, too thin- aren’t we just horrible to ourselves?) and therefore they don’t wear rings because they don’t want to draw attention to them. I felt the opposite. Once I had tried them, the bigger the better! I suppose my approach was similar to putting oversized furniture in a small room- it really does make a statement and somehow, it works. Far from drawing attention to my crinkly hands, I felt it drew attention away. Invariably people were looking at the ring, not my hands. And anyway, who really cares? I liked it, and that’s all that mattered.
Buying rings for the shop has always been a favourite and I do love to see people fall in love with a piece. As our knuckles continue to grow throughout our lives, women regularly outgrow rings they have worn for years. They think they are alone in this, but it is the opposite. I am delighted that we can provide affordable rings made from sterling silver and gemstones that will have longevity and add a bit of glamour. It is a happy maker.
Now that we are in lockdown buying rings is a little trickier since you can’t come in to try them on. You might know your ring size for one finger, but what if you want it for another finger? Just about every one of my fingers is a different size. Well thankfully we have found a way for you to get a pretty accurate measurement of your own ring size. (Thank you to Argent of London for the idea and how to… https://www.argentlondon.com/jewellery-guide/how-to-measure-your-ring-size)
- Take a piece of paper or string no wider than 14mm.
- Wrap it around the base of the appropriate finger.
- Use a pen to mark the point on the paper/string where it overlaps and forms a complete circle.
- Take a ruler and measure the length from the starting end of the paper/string to the pen mark.
- Use the chart below to determine your ring size.
It is best to measure your finger at the end of the day when it is at its largest. Note that our fingers can also swell in the heat and shrink in the cold. The paper or string should slide fairly easily over your knuckle but you don’t want it to fall off either. There should be a little bit of resistance.
It is always best to have your ring properly sized by a jeweller. You can also purchase ring sizers on the internet. But this is a good option when those other options are not available.
End note: as strangely as I developed my earring allergy, it disappeared- 15 years later and with no warning. One day I just tried them again and there was no burning or itching. So keep the faith! But there are always rings….
UK Ring Size Measurements:
G – 45.5mm
H – 46.7mm
I – 48mm
J – 48.7mm
K – 49.9mm
L – 51.2mm
M – 52.5mm
N – 53.8mm
O – 55mm
P – 56.3mm
Q – 57.6mm
R – 58.9mm
S – 60.1mm
T – 61.4mm
U – 62.7mm
V – 64mm
W – 65.2mm
X – 66.5mm