The difference between ring thickness and ring width

The thickness and width of ring are two completely different features of a ring, and most people tend to confuse them and think they are the same. Both are important aspects to consider if you are going to buy a ring.

In this article, we will look at what the thickness and width of ring are and the difference between the two. We'll also look at how these two aspects affect the look of the ring and how it fits on your finger.

The Difference between Ring Width and Ring Thickness

While most people think the thickness of a ring is the same as the width of ring, there is actually a clear difference between them:

Ring Width


Ring width is the width of your ring’s band, from one edge to the other. When you wear a ring, the width refers to the space the ring covers on your finger. Jewelers usually measure ring widths in millimeters, and while most rings have a standard width between 2mm to 12mm, some rings can be up to 20mm wide.

Ring Thickness


Ring thickness refers to how thick your ring is. Some rings have different thickness variations. For example, if you have a tapering ring, you will find that your ring is thicker at the bottom and thinner near the top of the gem. Just like the width, the thickness of the ring is also measured in millimeters, from the inside out.

Ideal Ring Thickness and Width


Typically, most rings are 1.5mm thick, which makes them ideal for everyday wear. It's also perfect for those who work a lot with their hands. The standard thickness and width of the rings are 2mm and 12mm respectively. Note however, that this is an average. These numbers can vary considerably depending on the style and design of the ring.

However, no one says which thickness or width is best, as it depends on your preference. You can choose a ring that differs in width or thickness from the standard ring, but you may want to consider the pros and cons before you decide.

Pros and Cons of Wide, Narrow and Thick Rings

Let’s take a quick look at the pros of cons of wide, thick and thin ring bands:

Narrow Rings

Pros of Narrow Rings

· Narrow rings have a subtle outline and look great on slender fingers.

· They're also comfortable to wear because they're light and you don't feel too much metal on your fingers.

· If you’re planning to have a center stone, a thinner ring will accentuate it and make it look bigger than it really is.

Cons of Narrow Rings

· Due to the subtle structure of the narrow ring, it may not be ideal for those who lead an active lifestyle and use their hands a lot, as the ring may bend or deform over time.

· Thin rings are also much more difficult to resize than thick rings and regular polishing can weaken them.

· If you have large hands, thin rings may look too small.


Wide Rings

Pros of Wide Rings

· Wide rings allow you to be more creative and also give you plenty of room to add more gems.

· They're great for stacking and quite convenient, especially if it's a wedding ring.

· They’re much stronger than narrow rings.

· They provide more metal to support the center stone (if you have a center stone).

Cons of Wide Rings

· Wide rings will make your center gem look smaller than it really is, while narrow rings will make it stand out.

· The wider the ring, the more metal used to make it. This means costs are likely to be higher.

· If you're not used to the feel of metal on your fingers, wider rings can be uncomfortable.


Thick Rings

Pros of Thick Rings

· Thicker rings give a sturdier impression because they are heavier and contain more metal.

· Thicker rings can hold larger stones because they are sturdier and feel safer to place.

Cons of Thick Rings

· Thick rings usually make small fingers look smaller.

· These rings use more metal than thinner rings and are therefore more expensive.

Finger Size vs. Ring Thickness and Width

Knowing the size of your finger can make it easier to choose the right ring. If you have shorter fingers, you might want to get a thinner ring, as wider rings can make your fingers look shorter.

However, if you have long, slender fingers, then you’re in luck, as they can be worn with rings of almost any width. However, even then, it is a good idea to avoid very thin rings and opt for rings of medium thickness and width, as thinner rings are more likely to bend.

Once you’ve got the right thickness and width, opt for the right size. When buying a ring, the most important thing to remember and get right is the ring size. Here are some tips to help you determine your finger size.


· Take a piece of string or dental floss and wrap it around your finger to check the size. Don’t wrap it too tightly or your ring will be too tight. You can also use a ring that you have already checked for size. Place it on a ring size chart to determine its size.

· Be sure to measure your fingers when it's warm. Cold weather can cause your fingers to shrink, making your measurements smaller. The result will be an ill-fitting ring.

· Take measurements at the end of each day. As crazy as it sounds, your fingers will be a little puffy in the early morning, and by the end of the day, they'll be back to their usual size. This is why you get accurate finger measurements at the end of the day.

· Don’t forget your knuckles. If you have big knuckles, make sure your ring is half your actual size. This ensures that your ring can easily slide over your knuckles without getting stuck.

· If you’re having a hard time trying to measure your finger size at home, get it measured at your local jewelry store. The advantage of this is that you can also experiment with different metals and feel how they feel on your fingers.

Wrapping Up

When shopping for a ring, be sure to choose one that lasts longer and is easy to wear based on your lifestyle. In general, thinner rings are considered more feminine, while thicker rings look more masculine, which is why they are ideal for men's rings.

In the end, the thickness and width of the ring depends on your preference. After all, it's your ring, so be sure to pick one that you feel perfect and comfortable wearing.

Post time: Jan-10-2023