|If your ring spins around on
your finger because it needed to be sized large enough for your knuckle
and you are tired of wrapping string or tape around your expensive ring to
stop the problem. There are better looking ways, some comfortable
and some not.
The simplest method is to add a clip in type "ring guard",
these are usually inexpensive as they will only last a short time if you
need to bend them in and out to fit.
Another method similar to the clip in guard is the "foldover
device", most jewelers can make these for you after sizing your ring
to go over the knuckle. This has the advantage of taking up the
space like the "ring guard" and also being able to open to get
your ring off.
In order of not so comfortable involve the placing of "balls",
"springs" inside the ring. This usually involves sizing
the ring a bit larger to accommodate the inserted pieces.
Sometimes the "balls"and "bridges" are uncomfortable going over the
knuckle (depending on your own bumps) but they do tend to hold the ring
upright by gripping into the flesh on the palm side of your finger.
Sometimes the "spring" insert might scrape the knuckle
going on but they do hold the ring upright although often the ring top
is held above the finger.
Another device we have seen is a swinging lock similar to the
"Figure-8 Lock" used on bracelets. This involves an external hinge
tube welded to the ring and a notch latching point on the opposite side
with a wire loop wrapping around the ring.
The Beads, Bridge, Spring, and Figure-8 style latch are all
usually fabricated by your local jeweler.
The best method involves some sort of a hinged locking shank rebuild of
your ring. There are currently several manufacturers making shanks that
can be added to your ring. The style choices are a bit dependent upon how
much difference in size there is between your knuckle and the lower part
of your finger.
The FingerFit® and FingerMate®
styles have a guide wire that prevents the ring from opening more that
about 4 sizes. There are also available other hinged shanks that
totally open up for those with more than 4 sizes difference between the
knuckle and finger sizes.
FingerFit® is available from nearly any jeweler
and has ads in many magazines. FingerFit® is usually the least
expensive for a standard 2mm shank. The disadvantages of FingerFit®
An external locking system (we have seen many of these that have
had the latch broken off). They have in recent years been using
a stronger latch lock to alleviate that problem.
A width limitation, if you have a ring wider than about 3mm you
will need to stack multiples of the FingerFit® together to blend into
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FingerMate® shanks are only available from jewelers that
have the training and tools from the FingerMate® company. This
shank makes a nearly seamless integration into an existing ring or
completely design it into a new ring from the beginning, the limiting
factor is that they are only manufactured with up to a 4 size opening.
FingerMate® has an internal locking system, and an availability of
many different widths and shapes, to blend smoothly into nearly any
An advantage of the FingerMate® internal latching system is the
customers ability to get their rings on and off easily.
FingerMate® shanks should be cleaned and lubricated regularly to
prevent wear in the locking mechanism. We have installed these
since the 1960's and know of several that are still working well
because of proper maintenance - and we have had a few customers who
didn't listen to us (the first time) and needed the locking mechanism
replaced after just a couple of years.
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The other hinged shanks on the market
will open totally for
those with really large knuckles. These shanks are a solid type
construction with a specially fabricated locking mechanism. Branded
shanks are available through most jewelers and are nearly invisible when
installed. The best one we have found is
These shanks are available in many widths allowing the
blending into most ring styles or used in designing a completely new
ring, however they are much heavier than the other styles of shanks and thus may be more expensive.
These styles require nearly perfect alignment and curvature for the
latch to connect properly. Some people have found these difficult to
unlock, many styles often need a tool to to unlock the shank.
Some jewelers, who also make bracelets, have been making similar
styles for many years, but with the advent of CAD/CAM the new branded
styles seem to have better, more consistent made locking systems.
These branded shanks can be installed with your local jeweler as well as
sending your ring to the manufacturer. FingerMate does require the
jeweler to have specialty equipment and training to install their shanks.
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If you are local to the Fallbrook or Bonsall area, you can schedule an
appointment to estimate modifying your ring to fit better. Contact