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We can trace the wearing of rings back to several ancient civilizations including the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians. Rings are a lasting and individualized symbol in modern culture. As Carmen Miranda said about her wedding ring, “I've chosen [it] large and heavy to continue forever.”
Whether it's a wedding ring meant to last forever or a set of rings meant as interchangeable fashion accessories, when buying rings today, the internet brings shoppers a wide variety of options. When shopping online, consumers need to be aware of some differences in ring sizing as jewelry artists based in different countries may use different systems of measurement to size their rings.
Ring size is generally based on the inner circumference of the ring, but sizing varies from country to country, and many countries use traditional systems of sizing, so it is hard to rely on a single standard of measurement when shopping for rings.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard for ring sizes measures them in millimeters, and in some parts of Europe such as France and the Scandinavian countries, ring sizes are based on the actual measurement of the internal circumference of the ring in millimeters. On the other hand, there are other European countries such as Italy and Switzerland where ring sizes are the circumference in millimeters minus 40 millimeters.
Sizes in the United States and Canada have a scale which includes quarter and half sizes, and the increments between whole sizes measure approximately one-tenth of an inch.... read more.
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