6 Ways To Keep A Ring From Spinning (That Actually Work!)

Last Updated on July 3, 2022

Nothing is more exciting than wearing a beautiful new ring for the first time–until you notice it starts to spin on your finger.

Ring spinning is common and while it can be annoying, luckily there are a variety of options to keep your ring from spinning on your finger.

Here are a few ways to keep a ring from spinning.


What Causes a Ring to Spin?

A spinning ring can be caused by a variety of factors. Common problems that cause a ring to spin include:

Unbalanced Setting

A ring that has a large gemstone but a band that is too thin to support the weight of the stone will likely spin. This is because the weight of the gemstone overpowers the strength of the band.

Swollen Fingers

Fingers change shape and size throughout the day and can be impacted by weather conditions and seasonal changes. If a ring is sized during a period when the finger is swollen, the ring will likely spin when the swelling subsides.

Large Knuckles

Some individuals may have thin fingers and large knuckles, which can result in purchasing a larger-sized ring in order to accommodate for knuckle size. This can result in the ring being able to pass the knuckle, but spin on the finger.

Wrong Size

Sometimes a ring is purchased in a completely incorrect size, making the ring too large for the finger. This will certainly cause the ring to spin.

Temporary Fixes To Keep Rings From Spinning

If you notice your ring spinning on your finger, there are a few quick fixes that can temporarily secure your ring until you can make it to the jeweler.

DIY fixes include:

Tape, String, or Elastic Bands

For a temporary DIY fix, utilize everyday household items such as tape, string, or an elastic band to secure your ring temporarily.

Simply wrap the tape, string, or elastic band around the ring to reduce the space between the ring and the finger. Be sure to change the tape or other adhesives routinely to avoid hygiene problems.

Ring Guard/Ring Noodle

Ring guards (also known as ring noodles) are thin, transparent pieces of plastic that encase the ring and add additional thickness to prevent spinning.

Ring guards can be purchased online and provide a simple and effective temporary solution to keep your ring from spinning.

Permanent Solutions To Keep a Ring From Spinning

A permanent fix is required to keep a ring from spinning. Permanent fixes should be done by a trusted jeweler and include:

Ring Resizing

To completely keep your ring from spinning, a jeweler will need to resize the ring to fit your finger. Resizing is a permanent solution to keep your ring from spinning.

However, some rings may not be able to be resized depending upon the anatomy of your finger. Additionally, some setting styles may be unable to be resized.

Sizing Beads

Affordable and effective, sizing beads help keep a ring from spinning and deliver a more secure ring fit. Sizing beads can provide up to a half-size reduction in fit.

Sizing beads are added to a ring by a jeweler and are placed at the bottom portion of the ring. Although sizing beads are small, they can sometimes be uncomfortable.

Permanent Spring Insert

A permanent spring insert is an affordable option to effectively keep a ring from spinning.

Permanent spring inserts are thin strips of metal that are placed in a horseshoe shape along with the band of a ring. Permanent spring inserts open slightly to accommodate for larger knuckles but securely refasten around the finger to secure the ring.

Permanent spring inserts are a great alternative to ring resizing and allow jewelers to make a ring smaller by up to one full size.

Hinged Shanks

For individuals who have thin fingers but larger knuckles, hinged shanks are a great option to keep a ring from spinning.

Hinged shanks do not alter the appearance of the ring and allow the wearer to comfortably slide the ring over the knuckle while securing it in place around the finger.

Hinged shanks replace the bottom portion of the ring and allow the ring to open wide for placement over the knuckle. Once placed, the hinges close together to secure the ring in place.

Because hinged shanks replace the bottom section of a ring, the process should be done only by an experienced jeweler. Additionally, hinged shanks are expensive and may not be accessible to all budgets.

Eran Hayo is the Chief Editor of Jewels Advisor, with over 5 years of experience in the fields of jewelry and memorabilia. He built Jewels Advisor to serve one main purpose – to teach you everything he knows about jewelry, and help you make better-informed decisions when buying diamonds and engagement rings online. His work has been cited on famous publications such as The Sun, MSN and WikiHow.