If you have thin fingers and large joints, buying a ring can be a real challenge. It is difficult to choose the size: classic models hardly pass the knuckles, but dangle at the base of the finger. And the fitting itself is uncomfortable – the joint becomes inflamed, the skin turns red, and pain occurs.
Large joints are not a reason to give up rings. But you need to know how to choose and wear them correctly.
Why joints can be larger than usual
In some people, the joints are out of proportion to the width of the fingers. They resemble knots tied on a rope: the knuckles protrude above the surface and interfere with putting on the ring.
There are several reasons: individual characteristics, arthritis of the joints, the consequences of trauma. In the latter case, the joint will be deformed only on one of the fingers.
If the knuckles are enlarged due to illness, the attempt to put on the ring can be very painful: then it is really better to refuse jewelry. But if the problem is purely aesthetic in nature, you can choose a comfortable model.
How to find the perfect size without pain
Finger gauges, which are used in most jewelry stores, are sets of rings of different sizes. To determine your own, you need to try on 2-3 options. What to do if fitting is uncomfortable?
Some jewelers use a different tool that resembles a cable tie. This is a wide plastic ring that is loosely slipped over your finger and then tightened gradually. When the fit is perfect, just lock in the size.
Another painless method can be used at home. To do this, you need to wrap a thread around your finger, mark at which point the edges converge, and then unfold and measure the length with a ruler. Divide the resulting value in mm by 3.14: this will be the size.
If you have to measure the ring in the usual way, lubricate your finger with cream. A cream for the skin around the eyes is best suited: it tightens the skin, nourishes it, and most importantly, it does not take up much space in the purse.
Follow this scheme:
- Relax your hand and fingers. The more you strain, the harder it will be to put on or take off the ring. Leave your fingers slightly bent to smooth out the folds of skin at the top of the joint.
- Start putting on the ring. Try to press harder on the part of it that is directly under your finger.
- When the ring is right in the middle of the joint, try to keep the top of the jewelry (decor) over the top of the joint. If necessary, slide it back and forth in small movements, pressing slowly.
- When the ring is on your finger, adjust it. If it sits freely but does not rotate, the fit is fine.
To remove the jewelry, follow the same pattern, but in the opposite direction. Do not forget to apply the cream first: although cosmetics are harmful to jewelry, in this case you cannot do without it.
Solution options: what rings to wear
If the joint is enlarged on only one finger, the problem is easily solved. Rings can be worn on any fingers of both hands: choose the option with which you are comfortable. Even if you start wearing your wedding ring on the wrong finger, there is nothing wrong with that.
There is also another solution – rings with a special design or construction that are suitable for thin fingers with large joints.
Find a rounded profile
The profile of a ring is how it looks in section. It can be rectangular or slightly rounded. Outwardly, this is not very noticeable, but it affects the landing.
A ring with a rounded profile is easier to move around the joint: it does not scratch the skin, but gently pushes it as you go. If you don’t know how to choose one, ask the seller or order at the workshop.
Choose a thin, not wide shank
The wider the shank (rim) of the ring, the tighter it sits on the finger. This option will not suit you: it is almost impossible to pass it through a large joint.
The best option is rings with a shank width of 3 mm or less. They are easier to put on the finger and do not cause discomfort when worn. At the base, the ring will dangle, but only slightly.
Thin rings with a shank width of 2 mm are an elegant and delicate option. But keep in mind that they may be more fragile: wearing them every day is undesirable.
Buy half open ring
Open or half-open rings are a real salvation for those with large joints. They can be divided into 2 groups:
- Rings in which the incision is hidden from the back of the hand. It is only needed as an auxiliary part.
- Rings in which the cut is interestingly “beaten”. It serves as part of the decor, or even its main accent.
The design of half-open rings is varied: you can find laconic models or luxurious rings with complex decor on sale. Recently, rings in the form of animals, which “hug” the finger, holding on to it with their paws, have become popular. This model is suitable for both children and adults.
Wear rings on the second phalanx
If you can’t put the ring on your finger completely, then perhaps there is no need. Make sure it is securely fixed.