How to Figure Out Her Ring Size and Style

If you would rather surprise your girlfriend with an engagement ring than have her go shopping with you, there are two things you need to consider: her ring size and what her style is. It’s too risky to just guess; guessing her ring size isn’t too bad, but you don’t want to end up buying her a ring she doesn’t even like. There’s no perfect solution to this, but here are a few ideas to help you out.

How to Figure Out Her Ring Size and Style


  • Steal a ring. Simply sneak into her jewelry box when she’s not looking, find a ring of hers and then take it to a jeweler to be sized. Hopefully the ring you chose goes on the right finger!
  • Use your own finger. This option is probably better than the first one just because you don’t have to actually take her ring anywhere. Just slip one of her rings onto your finger and then when the ring won’t go any further, mark the spot. Then head over to a jeweler and they can finger out the size from that.
  • Use soap. This is pretty easy. Just grab her ring and press it into a bar of soap to make an impression.


Finding the right style of ring is more complicated. You need to focus on the shape of the diamond, the type of setting, and the style of setting.

  • Don’t risk a white lie. Don’t pull the old “Oh, I want to buy a ring for my mom. What kind of ring do YOU like?” trick. She’ll see right through that.
  • Look at her current jewelry. What is her go-to metal? Does she typically wear white gold, yellow gold, or platinum? Here’s a tip, though: platinum is a great way to go. It’s very durable and doesn’t need to be refinished every now and then like white gold.
  • Recruit one of her friends. This can be risky depending on the friend you choose. The plan is to have her friend find out her ring size, but there are some things to consider: 1) Is she trustworthy? 2) Does she really have a good idea of your girlfriend’s taste in jewelry? 3) Do you really want someone else to know you’re getting engaged before your girlfriend knows? She should be the first to know, right?
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