Silicone rings are just a replacement for your metal rings, right? Surely the sizes can’t be different?
Well, you’d be wrong there. If you don’t know what you’re getting yourself into, let me be of service to you. Silicone bands are relatively new to a lot of people, and some of the practices surrounding it can get a bit tricky. Don’t worry; this isn’t going to take long to figure out.
Your silicone ring size is not going to be the exact same as your metal band size. All that time you spent in the jewelers isn’t in vain, though. We’re going to tell you how you can use your current metal ring size to determine your silicone ring size.
Once you have this down pat, it’s going to be simple to order replacement silicone bands whenever you want them, with no problems. Let’s discuss everything you need to know.
- 1 How to Measure Your Silicone Ring Size?
- 2 Are Silicone Rings True to Size?
- 3 How Should a Silicone Ring Fit?
- 4 Should You Size Up or Size Down for Silicone Rings?
- 5 Can I Shrink My Silicone Band if it’s Too Small?
- 6 Does It Matter What Grade My Silicone Ring is Made of?
- 7 Do Some Silicone Bands Stretch Differently?
- 8 Should I Get an Engraving Before or After Stretching a Silicone Band?
- 9 Will an Engraving be Ruined by Stretching a Silicone Band?
- 10 Do Some Silicone Ring Brands Size Differently?
- 11 The Perfect Size is Right in Front of You
How to Measure Your Silicone Ring Size?
This is the easy part. Take any metal ring that you have right now, whether that’s a wedding band or just an aesthetic ring, and determine the size.
You can either draw off your memory, or you can buy a cheap sizing tool off of Amazon and see how big your ring is, and match that against how well it fits. It could all work.
By either going off your memory or using a sizer, you should now have your metal ring size. That’s good: it’s one size above your actual silicone ring size.
The general rule of thumb with silicone ring sizing is that you always go one size down. You rock an eleven right now?
Order a ten. This is because the silicone stretches after it’s been on, and then it’s “worn in” to your perfect finger size. If you start out one size smaller, you stretch it out to literally contour to your exact finger dimensions, as if it were custom made.
Some people might have to go one size and a half down, but this is rare for the most part. If you find that going one full size down is a bit too tight, well, we have more on that in a little bit.
If you want, you can go into a jewelry shop and ask if you can just get your ring size. It might feel a bit awkward since you’re not actually there to buy anything, but if you’re just open with them and say you need your ring size, they shouldn’t have a problem with it.
A jeweler’s isn’t going to have foot traffic like Grand Central Station or anything, so as long as you’re not being a burden to the jeweler, they should have no issue sizing for you.
If you don’t feel right doing that, you could always go into your local department store if they have a jewelry section. These are by-the-hour employees at the counter, and they’re not only used to not having people buy things, but they’re also used to helping people size for rings.
It’s a much less awkward encounter since you can walk from the counter to a different section of the store in no time.
Are Silicone Rings True to Size?
Generally speaking, when you order a size nine silicone ring, for example, it’s going to be a size nine silicone ring. Crafting silicone rings is nearly exact, whereas there is a lot of room for error when making or sizing metal bands.
You have to think that when jewelers make gold bands, they’re actually working with a fairly malleable material. They have to be careful, and only have so much leeway before they damage a band, bend it, or break it. If it’s 1mm off, sometimes it’s just “good enough” to be sold under that size.
But with silicone, it’s far easier to manipulate in its basic forms before it’s finished setting. Through the machines that are used when making silicone rings, each ring can be perfectly measured (so long as the calibrations are accurate on the machines), giving you a true to size fit every time.
Metal bands undergo an actual smelting process that can take four temperature figures to achieve, depending on the type of metal. There’s a smaller time window to get it perfect, and a messier process overall. While silicone might be a sticky material, it’s easier to work with and get an accurate size from.
The good news is, if you don’t get a true to size ring, most big brands that we talk about on this site will exchange the ring for a different size at no charge to you (minus shipping, of course).
This usually has a thirty-day window, though some offer up to a ninety-day window. This is far better than shrinking your silicone rings, which is another topic entirely.
How Should a Silicone Ring Fit?
It should feel snug on your finger, for the first two or three weeks. Earlier in this guide, we told you to order a full size down, meaning you have to expect a slightly tighter fit.
If you did this with a metal band, it’s not only going to be nearly impossible to get on your finger, but it’s also going to hurt. Even if you do get it on, it’s going to hurt badly, and run you a risk of ring avulsion (which can require amputation of the chosen finger).
A silicone ring will be snug for that length of time because it’s slowly stretching, and contouring to the size and shape of your finger. This is better than buying a new band at the perfect size and finding out that it’s just a little too big and doesn’t feel secure on your finger.
Silicone stretches when it needs to, meaning if you somehow find a silicone ring that’s your size, it might work. But since silicone is prone to stretching, you might find that in a month’s time, it’s a little bit loose.
This isn’t a ride-or-die rule, we just don’t want you to spend money on something that you have to exchange (provided that you’re still within the exchange window).
Should You Size Up or Size Down for Silicone Rings?
Every single time, you should size down. There are no silicone rings that shrink once they’re on your fingers and size you accordingly. Because silicone is malleable, it’s going to stretch out a bit.
The strength of your blood pressure and skin as it moves (from grasping something, making a fist, etc.) is going to force the silicone band to expand just a tad bit.
For this, you need to actually completely size down your ring by one entire size. That means if you’re using a men’s eleven band, you need a men’s ten for a silicone ring, accounting for stretching time before it fits perfectly.
Under no circumstances should you ever buy a silicone ring that’s bigger than your current ring size. Shrinking silicone rings is possible, sure, but it’s not a good idea. It can actually ruin the band.
Can I Shrink My Silicone Band if it’s Too Small?
Yes, you absolutely can shrink your silicone ring. In fact, we have an entire guide dedicated to it. The problem is, it’s not how you’re supposed to handle things.
There are a lot of things wrong with it, such as voiding your warranty, warping designs/inscriptions on the band, and making it brittle compared to how you received it.
“But silicone is supposed to have high tension resistance and be all-powerful, right?”
Yes, silicone is powerful, but it’s very different from metal. When we talk about silicone being superior to metal, we mean in ways that prevent circulatory problems, ring avulsion, and can still be durable against the march of time. But silicone is still malleable when you mess with it.
Shrinking your band can cause it to break at a much lower threshold of pressure than it was previously designed for. That band will also stretch out faster than you expect, making it a larger size anyway in a short amount of time. Exchange or purchase a new one; shrinking it is not in your best interest.
Does It Matter What Grade My Silicone Ring is Made of?
Not really. It’s not a feature you need to pay attention to. Silicone is stretchy and has resistance, sure, but you’re not going to find industrial-strength silicone being used in your rings.
If you notice the price of silicone rings, it’s attractive. Industrial-grade silicone can cost upwards of $100.00 for a single pound of it, which would then make your rings cost much more.
You have to think that these brands are buying silicone and then have to spend time molding it and possibly engraving it. They’re not going to spend an insane amount of money on the materials, but they are going to find a good quality grade of silicone to make quality rings out of.
One feature about high-grade silicone that you need to know is that it’s extremely hard, and wouldn’t make a good ring. These are industrial strengths for a reason: they’re used in big projects that don’t really pertain to rings, silicone spatulas, or any other reason you would find yourself buying silicone for at-home needs.
Last but not least, you’re not going to find manufacturers listing their silicone grade for something personal like a ring. The only time you’d find that is in industrial silicone, or if it’s being purchased in raw or in bulk for manufacturing purposes. You simply don’t have to worry about it.
Do Some Silicone Bands Stretch Differently?
There are 90 different grades of silicone. The higher end of the scale are those industrial strength ones we talked about, so realistically, we have maybe 25-40 grades of silicone that would be used for rings.
I don’t know the exact grade of silicone that Enso uses, nor Qalo – I just know that they make durable, long-lasting rings that come with quality above all else. The grade will depend on how it stretches, as well as how you size it when you buy it.
A Qalo ring might take two weeks to stretch on your hand, while an Enso might take three. It isn’t indicative of quality necessarily, but it is going to be a bit different.
There’s no guide to which brands stretch out faster, since the variable is the wearer and the things they do on a day-to-day basis during the trial period of stretching out their silicone ring.
Should I Get an Engraving Before or After Stretching a Silicone Band?
Well, you could do either option. Let’s break down some pros and cons of engraving prior, or doing it after the fact.
- Engraving After: The band is stretched out, so an engraving will look brand new and not have any wear and tear on it.
- Engraving Before: No time or money to ship it out to an engraving facility. You already have the engraving, so you just wear your band until it stretches and you’re good to go.
- Engraving After: Being without your wedding band for an extended period of time, depending on shipping times, could rub your partner the wrong way. It’ll also feel weird going from wearing a ring, to not wearing a ring, to wearing one again.
- Engraving Before: No additional time spent on arrangements. Who wants to run to the post office just to drop off something they’re going to see in the mail again in a few weeks? Sounds like going through the ringer.
It all depends on what you want to do. Engravings are popular with silicone wedding bands, so we have one more important piece of information about sizing your band and stretching it when you have an engraving.
Will an Engraving be Ruined by Stretching a Silicone Band?
It’s possible that it could be ruined. You have to think that there’s laser-precise machinery at work here, trying to make the best and most aesthetic engraving for you possible. Everything is done with the proper precautions in mind so that you don’t lose the strength or integrity of the band.
This doesn’t mean that your band is going to be ruined or break because you stretch it out after you get an engraving. Don’t take it the wrong way. It might look warped, though; the engraving could go from a pretty and legible cursive to a slightly skewed version of whatever it said (like writing it in italics).
Of course, if you can avoid this, by all means you should. It can be a pain to get an engraving after the fact, and if it’s not too big a deal then you can just get it beforehand. However, on wedding bands, it might be a good idea to stretch it out before you get it engraved.
Do Some Silicone Ring Brands Size Differently?
From our experience with the big brands – Qalo, Enso, Groove Life, etc. – they all come with the same sizes. If you order a size ten, it’s going to be the same accurate size regardless of the brand you choose from.
We obviously haven’t tested out every single silicone ring brand in the world, but if they’re worth anything, then they make rings with an accurate sizing so that their customers can have the best experience possible.
Imagine if you bought a size ten from one brand, then a size ten from another, and they were different.
There are thousands of independent jewelers out there, and they all conform to ring sizing in a similar fashion so that they have an easier time dealing with customers, and they don’t have returns or exchanges up the wazoo.
Since silicone is still a new way to enjoy wearing rings, and the sizing is different, there’s an education curve here, but we’re trying to help close the gap on that with guides like this one.
The Perfect Size is Right in Front of You
Silicone isn’t perfect, but it’s easy to work with and make an accurately-sized ring out of. As long as you have the right size, it will stretch out just a little bit over time, which is totally normal.
Just be sure that right out of the box, you have a proper size so that you can wear it properly, otherwise contact the manufacturer for an exchange so you don’t have a too-big ring that doesn’t get used.
Now that you know what you’re getting yourself into, it’s time to see what you want to wrap around that finger of yours.
If you’re shopping for silicone rings in a variety of sizes that accommodate you, your spouse, and help you stay safe on whatever job you’re doing, we have guides dedicated to helping you find the perfect silicone ring right now.