In the UK, engagement and wedding rings typically sit on the fourth finger of the left hand. But some people encounter a problem when trying to purchase and put a ring on their hand, if they have large knuckles and slim fingers. Firstly, it can be tricky to push the ring past the knuckle, and then it can feel very loose on the finger.
Here are the steps in more detail:
1. Buy the smallest ring with a slim band
First, buy the smallest possible ring that goes over your knuckle. A slim band is better than a wide one, because it will be much easier to push past the knuckle.
2. Put under eye cream on your hands
Apply cream to your ring finger. This will help the ring slip over the knuckle. Under eye cream is the best because it shrinks the skin, as well as providing lubrication.
3. Relax your hand and fingers
The more you tense up, the harder it is to get a ring on or off. So first, relax your hand. Leave your fingers in a slightly bent position, so the folds of skin on top of the knuckle are smooth. This way you minimise the ring snagging on the skin as you push it over.
4. Push upwards from underneath ring
When sliding the ring on and off, make sure you apply more pressure on the part of the band that is underneath your finger. There is less skin, but more “cushion” (muscle) on the underside of a finger. If you use this factor to your advantage, it will help the top half of the ring pass over the top of your knuckle, which is usually the hardest part.
5. Ease the ring on, do not force
Once the ring is right in the middle of the knuckle, focus on getting the top of the ring over the top of the knuckle. Do this with small movements, to and fro, as you slowly push the ring on.
6. Once it’s on the finger, adjust the ring if it’s loose
Now your ring is on your finger. But it may feel a little loose if your finger is a lot slimmer than your knuckle. If so, you might want to invest in a pack of ring adjusters (tiny transparent coils) or snuggies (tiny sticky felt pads). These attach to the underside of the ring and make it sit more snugly. You can easily buy these from any big online store like Amazon.
7. If you need to take the ring off
You may need to take the ring off occasionally. If so, simply follow the instructions above, moving the ring in the opposite direction on your finger. Don’t forget to remove the ring size adjuster and apply cream first.
EXTRA TIP – putting on the ring during your wedding ceremony:
Practice makes perfect! Practice putting on the ring several times before the big day, to make sure you can do it as smoothly as possible. Don’t forget to apply the cream before the ceremony starts.
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