Gifting jewelry to a child is a wonderful sentiment. Children’s rings are particularly special since they are often the first real piece of jewelry they will receive. A ring is a symbol of love, family tradition, and friendship. Children’s rings gifted at a young age can later be sized into adolescence. They can also be kept as a keepsake and later passed along to another special child when the time comes.

Children’s Ring Sizes

Deciding on a ring measurement for a child is easier than it first sounds. In most cases, ring size can be determined by age range. Ring diameter is always measured in millimeters. As an example, a size 7 woman’s ring measures 17.2 mm. Accordingly, a small ring size at 5 1/2 would equal 16.0 mm. Children’s ring sizes start at 1/2 size and move up with age.

Rings Size by Age

Children’s rings are available from 12 mm up to 15.3 mm, or size 1/2 – 4 1/2.

A 1/2 size is for a baby. Sizes 1 and 2 are for toddler aged children from 1 to 4 years old. Next, size 2 

1/2 is for little children ages 3 – 6. Size 3 to 3 1/2 is most appropriate for kids 6 – 9 years of age, and finally, ring sizes 4 and 5 work well for kids who are 10 and 11.

How to Measure

A crafty way of measuring a child’s finger for ring size is using a piece of dental floss or any type of string. Wrap it around the base of the preferred finger and then mark where the string end meets. Lay out the marked string next to a millimeter ruler and use the measurement to find the best kid’s ring size.

There are also several plastic and silicone ring sizing tools available online for $1 or less. Another option is a printable children’s ring sizing guide.

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Ring Materials

Children’s rings are available in many materials. 14 karat gold and sterling silver is certainly the most popular. Some adjustable styles are also available in these fine materials, but adjustable children’s rings (the kind that looks like a half-circle and can be “pinched” to tighten onto the finger) are most prone to lose. Giftinga children’s ring set in fine jewelry, without self-adjustment is recommended. Gold and silver rings can always be adjusted by a jeweler and sized-up as the child matures.

Sizing a child for their first ring is exciting! Be sure to talk with your child and ask them where they’d feel most comfortable enjoying their new ring. Most kids prefer a greater feeling of security when wearing their very own ring and may need a larger size to wear on their index or middle finger. Talk with kids about how to care for their ring when washing hands, keeping their jewelry safe when participating in P.E. or swimming, and taking pride in the ownership of their special ring.

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