If you’ve decided you’re going to pop the question to that special someone in your life, it can be an exciting and nerve-wracking time. On average, a quarter of a million couples tie the knot every year – that’s a lot of getting down on one knee with a ring! Speaking of which, if you’re keeping your proposal a secret, how do you make sure you pick up a ring that you can easily slip onto their finger when they say yes? If you need to find out someone’s ring size on the sly, here’s how…
Nab one while they’re not looking
An engagement ring will soon become a treasured possession, but there’s nothing different about them in terms of sizing to any other ring.
Over the course of a week or so, check out if your other half is wearing rings while out and about and make a particular note of any that they wear on either ring finger – the one next to their little finger.
Then you can grab it while it’s not being worn and take it to your jeweller of choice for a size match.
If it’s an item they like to wear a lot, you’ll have to be quick – and don’t forget to put it back where you found it afterwards!
Talk to a trusted friend
Now you need to find someone you can trust here. The last thing you need is for your secret proposal to be spoiled, especially if it’s something you’ve been planning for some time.
You may be able to enlist the help of one of your partner’s friends for the above point, asking them to ‘borrow’ an item of jewellery that will reveal the size for you.
Or perhaps it is something that could be dropped into a conversation between pals. “That doesn’t look like it would fit on my finger, do you know what your ring size is.”
Subtlety is key, as is the ability to secret-keep – so avoid the gossiper of the friendship group!
Measure it in their sleep
Now this is a task that only the most light-fingered and calm under pressure of you out there should try.
With just a piece of string and a pen, you will be able to measure your partner’s ring size – but you’ll probably have to do it while they’re asleep in order to not give away the surprise that awaits them further down the line.
Gently wrap a piece of string around their left ring finger and make a mark where the two strands cross over. You can then take this to a jeweller, who will be able to ascertain what size you need.
Whether you’re risking a night-time mission, or enlisting the help of friends, we hope you can pull it off without spoiling the surprise!