The moment is almost here, that moment when you surprise your love with her dream ring!
Like any sleuth operative, you’ve researched her favourite styles and taken careful note of anything she “oohed” and “aahed” over, so you’ve got a good idea of what she’d love. The only glitch is working out what will actually fit her finger.
Never fear – there are ways of surreptitiously finding out her ring size. If she already wears a ring on her ring finger, you’re in luck – particularly if it’s one she doesn’t wear regularly, as you could ‘borrow’ it to show to the jewellers. Just be sure to return it as soon as possible to avoid arousing suspicion and/or police attention!
If it’s a ring she does wear regularly, nab it when she takes it off to shower or do the washing up. Once in hand, trace the inner circumference of the ring onto a piece of paper, press it into a bar of soap to make an impression or slide it down a tapered candle and note where it falls. You could even slide it onto one of your fingers and mark where it sits.
Okay, but what if she doesn’t wear a ring on that finger? There are still means of working it out. Enlist someone you trust to take her jewellery shopping and report back on her ring size. Or take her shopping yourself for earrings or a necklace and see if you can casually get her to try on rings.
Whatever you do, do not attempt to wrap paper or string around her ring finger while she’s asleep. Not only are these methods highly unreliable, but you’ll also have plenty of explaining to do if she wakes up mid-act!
Like any covert operation, there are some useful tips. Slightly bigger is indeed better, as most rings – although not all – can be resized to fit. If you are buying a ring overseas or online, be aware that ring sizes are the same in Australia, the UK and Europe but different in the US. And above all, remember that your jeweller is your best ally, because if all else fails, they can exchange the ring.