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Just as it is important to wear the right dress size or shoe size, it is also important to select the right ring size. Just like the dress size you will need changes as you lose or put on weight, so too does a ring.
In fact, just a weight change of three or four pounds, or a big change in weather conditions, can make the size of your ring vary by a whole size! Why is this so? Well the difference between a size J and a K, or an L and an M, or an N and an O, is less than half of one millimetre in diameter! That’s a tiny amount.
Around the globe there are five or six different standards in ring sizes. Whilst the British system, known as the WheatSheaf and also used in Australia and Ireland, uses letters, in the USA and Canada they use a numbering system.
At Coloured Rocks in order to standardise our sizing internationally, we changed our strategy in May 2009. We opted to standardise on the American sizing as it is easier to understand for both the consumer and our manufacturing partners. In fact almost all jewellery manufacturers around the world who produce rings from rubber or cast moulds only have these moulds made in USA sizes.
I once asked the Managing Director of one of the world’s largest jewellery factories what they did if a UK retailer asked for an English size, he told me that it was common practice to ship the nearest US equivalent. After all, with the British standard only being less than half of one millimetre difference between sizes, it didn’t make sense for them to stock eight different sizes in each ring.
After a huge research campaign carried out over a period of six months, we discovered that 73% of people surveyed said their existing rings were either too tight or too loose! Therefore by adopting the American standard, we were able to address many of these issues and to ensure the sizes that we ship are exactly as described.
All of the rings we sell at Coloured Rocks can be resized up or down by at least one American size or two UK letter sizes.
If a ring does not have gems set on the shoulder and as long as the gems are not channel set, then they normally can be resized considerably more. If you are unsure of your ring size, then there is no need to worry. Simply order the ring which you think is going to best fit and it can always be returned for a replacement or resized later.
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