When you choose a ring, you want to pick one that looks good. However, the most important thing is that the ring fits comfortably.
Wedding bands are available in a comfort fit or standard fit.
While the standard fit might seem like the most common option, a comfort fit ring is often the most popular choice that couples decide on.
This article discusses everything you need to know about comfort fit rings and why you should consider them for your wedding band.
What Is a Comfort Fit Ring?
In the 1930s, the price of gold increased dramatically.
This meant that products made out of precious metals, like wedding rings, were often very expensive- Leading to jewelers opting for a thinner construction.
Unfortunately, these new thinner rings that people could afford were too uncomfortable to wear every day.
In an effort to fix this, jewelers developed the curved comfort fit. A dome-like shape along the inner edges of the ring was introduced to make them more comfortable to wear.
Although the extra material needed to make the ring initially made it more expensive, people were willing to pay for its comfortable fit.
What Is the Difference Between Comfort Fit and Standard Fit Rings?
There are a few distinctions between a standard and comfort fit ring. Let’s take a look at what those are.
The main difference between these two rings is the inside edge shape.
A standard fit ring has a flatter interior and typically fits snugly around your finger. The ring will be flush against your skin.
On the other hand, comfort fit rings are curved, which allows the ring to slip on and off your finger more easily.
They also curve away from the skin, giving it extra room and making the ring more comfortable to wear.
Although the two fit types are technically the same size, a comfort ring is measured differently.
A standard ring is sized by measuring the circumference of your finger and matching it to a size chart. Since the inside edges are all flat, you only need to consider one measurement.
Comfort ring measurements are taken from the centerline—where the ring is tightest against your skin—instead of the outside edges.
If you measure the outside edges of a comfort ring to size it, you might end up with a ring that is slightly too big.
You might also find that a standard fit ring feels tighter on your fingers than a comfort fit, even though they are the same size.
How to Choose the Right Fit
Choosing the right fit is as important as choosing the ring—especially with a wedding band that is intended to last a lifetime.
Let’s take a look at a few things to consider before you make a final decision.
Materials to consider
Comfort fit rings can be manufactured in silver or gold. However, this fit requires more material, so a precious metal option can make them a bit more pricey.
That is why they are often made from cost-effective materials such as:
Not only are these great budget-friendly options, they are also equally as stylish as precious metals.
Tungsten, ceramic, titanium, and cobalt are hardy and tarnish-resistant, making them suitable for lifetime wear.
Once you’ve determined your budget for the ring, you’ll be able to make an informed choice about the fit.
Great For Men With an Active Lifestyle
Comfort fit rings are usually recommended for men’s wedding bands since they leave more room to move over the knuckles.
These are also a good option for men in jobs that require them to work with their hands as comfort fit rings will still fit even if your fingers are a bit swollen.
Why Should You Choose a Comfort Fit Ring?
Simply put, a comfort ring feels better around your finger. The extra space allows the ring to adjust to your finger size, and it won’t feel like it’s squeezing your skin.
It also means that less dirt and bacteria get trapped under your ring.
In this way, comfort fit rings may reduce your risk of developing contact dermatitis or skin irritation.
The materials used to make comfort fit rings are also much harder than gold or silver, which makes them more durable.
Tips for Purchasing a Comfort Fit Ring Online
If you shop for a wedding ring online, you won't be able to try it on or feel the material first.
That's why we've included some helpful tips below to help you make the right choice.
💍 Size the Ring with Professional Tools
It can be tricky to get the size of a comfort ring right. That’s why we recommend using professional sizing tools or a printable sizing guide.
We have found that our customers really like a physical tool when it comes to something as personal as a ring. So we actually give one away free of charge here, customers just pay $5 to cover shipping.
💍 Check those exchange policies
Remember that comfort fit rings typically can’t be resized, so it’s good to order from a company that has a flexible exchange policy if you do end up ordering the incorrect size.
For reference, here at Alpine Rings we allow up to 90 days for a free size exchange from either the date of purchase or your wedding date; whichever is most recent.
We also send a prepaid shipping label to make the return process painless. As common as exchanges are with wedding bands, these are all good things to check for before deciding on a jeweler.
Make Comfort Part of Your Lifetime Commitment
Finding a ring that looks great is important, but so is finding one that fits perfectly.
You’ll be wearing the ring for the rest of your life, so comfort is essential.
This article explained how to choose the right ring fit for you or your partner. Now it’s time to start planning the wedding!
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