When looking to purchase rings in Australia it is important that you understand the ring sizes. The sizes used in Australia will differ from those used in America, Asia and parts of Europe. Of course, it is always best to know how the Australian rings sizes correspond with others for when you purchase from a store that sells internationally and uses different sizing.
Australian ring sizes
The ring sizes used in Australia are the same as the ones used in the UK and Ireland. This ring sizing system is alphabetically based started with size A and ending in size Z4. The ring sizing will include half sizes which are denoted as size A½. For women the most common ring size in Australia is an N or O. For men it is a T or U. These are the equivalent of a US 7 for women and a US 10 for men.
Measuring your ring size
Before you can actually make use of your knowledge of Australian ring sizes you will need to know how to measure your ring size. If you already have a ring which fits comfortably it is recommended that you us this for your measurement. You need to measure the internal diameter of the ring in millimetres or inches. You should then compare it to a size chart to find the corresponding ring size.
Of course, if you do not have a ring there is a measurement method to help you. You will need to measure the circumference of your ring finger or the finger your ring will be placed on. To do this you require a piece of string or a flexible measuring tape. You must then measure the finger the ring will go on. These measurements can also be compared to a sizing chart to find the ring size.
Tips for measuring your ring size
When you are measuring your ring size there are certain things to keep in mind. The first is how snugly the ring should fit the finger. The measurement you take should be comfortable around the finger but not loose enough that the ring will fall off. Many jewellers also state that when measuring your finger you should not use string or paper as these materials twist and provide a distorted reading.
The time of day when you measure your finger should be noted. The size of the finger will change during the day depending on the time and the weather. It is recommended that measure your finger at the end of the day and when your fingers are warm. Fingers are at their smallest in the morning and when they are cold. You should also complete the measurement a few times to eliminate incorrect readings.
The type of ring you are getting will also affect the size needed. If the ring is wider than 10mm you will need to adjust the size you purchase. When buying these wide rings it is best to purchase a half size larger than you would normally get to increase the comfort of the ring.