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Hi, I'm not sure if you can answer the question, but thank you for any help.

My ring is a size 5, and it slides easily over my knuckle, but it is tight enough to where if i shake my hand around it isn't going to fall off. However, like a lot of other people, my finger is smaller than my knuckle. It tends to slide around a little bit, and I'm not sure if this is normal. It isn't so lose that it slides 360 degrees, but it does tend to slip a little to the left when I'm typing or something. Is this normal? Or should I try to see if maybe a 4.75 would work better?

Dear Leah,

If it slides easily over the knuckle, you can very likely go down 1/4 size.  Have a jeweler let you try on finger sizers and see what a size 5 feels like. It should the same tightness as your ring. Then try a 4.5 and see how that does. If too tight, you can likely use a 4.75.  If the ring still turns way too much, ask about two bead put on the inside to take up space to help it not to turn.  Some call these "sizing beads". A jeweler should know what this is.

Thanks so much for getting in touch.  God Bless and Peace.  Thomas.  

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