Ring Thickness vs. Ring Width
The does ring thickness mean and how does it differ from ring width?


What does ring thickness mean?

Ring thickness is a reference to the thickness of a ring's profile (see diagram to the right).  The width of a tungsten ring and thickness of a ring may seem to have the same meaning, but actually reference very different attributes of a ring and are not interchangeable.

Standard Measuring for Ring Widths
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Rings featured above are the Harper (top) and Oro (Bottom)

What ring thicknesses are available?

There is no standard measurement for a rings thickness and many manufacturers create rings that highly vary in thickness, but if the thickness of a ring concerns you, your jeweler should  be able to measure the exact thickness of a ring with a caliper.  Also a good rule to follow would be that the wider the width of a ring, the thicker the ring will be.

What ring widths are available?

Industry standard ring widths are even and include: 2mm, 4mm, 6mm, 8mm, 10mm, 12mm and 20mm.  More uncommon widths that are available for certain styles or by custom request are 5mm, 7mm and the very wide 20mm width.  There is a simple visual below that shows our standard widths offered.  You can learn a lot more about ring widths  from our ring width guide and if you'd like to see a video representation and on-hand photo representations of ring widths, you can visit our visual ring width guide.
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Ring Featured above is the Sol


How wide/thick should your ring be?

There are no rules when it comes to what ring width or thickness you should wear, but there are very common traditions that have been accepted as the "proper" ring width based on gender.  Ring widths 6mm and smaller are considered a women's ring width range.  Ring widths 8mm and greater are considered a man's ring width range.  Smaller widths for women are generally due to bands being worn alongside diamond engagement rings.  Too large of a width and the appearance of a wedding band and engagement ring side by side might appear too large and may not fit most fingers.  Remember, the wider the ring, the thicker the ring will be and ring thickness varies depending on manufacturer.

Do I have to follow the norm?

The honest simple answer to this question is absolutely not!  We have had a multitude of customers from both genders purchase ring widths in all ranges and different thicknesses from multiple manufacturers.  Their are also many reasons to not follow ring width tradition as well.  A 6mm width or smaller might be a great fit for a man with smaller hands and thinner fingers since traditional men's widths may appear too thick.  Same argument can be made for women with larger hands and fingers who may feel an 8mm or thicker width may be a better fit.  Larger ring widths are also worn for modern appeal, which is why 10mm, 12mm and 20mm ring widths are purchased very often not just for weddings, but for style and fashion.