How To Find Her Ring Size (without ruining the surprise)

Posted on October 08, 2015 by Lindsey Thurber | 1 Comment

It's an age old question: How do I find my girlfriend's ring size without ruining a surprise engagement?

There are many tricks and tips out there for how to do this, but many simply won't cut it when you need to be as exact as you can! Don't go sticking rings in soap, trying on her rings to see where they 'fit you,' or tying a string around her finger. We have three methods that we, as jewelers, recommend that will give you the best results (and a perfect fit)! 

1. The Paper Trick

- This trick works if there is a ring that your girlfriend wears already on her ring finger (left hand), or we can usually get within a half size if you measure a ring she wears on her right hand ring finger.

- Simply print out this page and cut the cone out in heavy card stock. You will insert the cone into the ring and measure where the ring hits at the widest part of the paper, make a mark right where the ring hits. You can then send that piece of paper to us and we will be able to tell from your mark her ring size! 


2. Borrow a Ring

- Another great option is to borrow a ring from her, although beware, if it is one she wears everyday you might get yourself into some hot water if she finds it missing! If this can easily be done, bring the ring right to us and it can be sized in a matter of minutes, although make sure to notice what finger she wears it on!

3. Friends and Family

- As a last resort you can always find out more information from friends and family. They may have bought her rings in the past and can help you get close to the ring size you will need. As always, they may have bought her rings for different fingers. Even if they do have sizes of other fingers, write them down, the more information we have the better! 


Example of the varying sizes on a woman's hand, please note everyone will be different!

Things to remember when buying the engagement ring:

- Not all rings can be sized easily: many of our custom rings can only be sized up or down a size or two, so it's important to be as close as you can when finding out her ring size. 

- Not all fingers are the same size, in fact, they vary quite a lot and there tends to be around a half size difference between a dominant and non-dominant hand. 

So what can I do if I can't figure out her size and want a custom ring or one that can't be easily sized? Give us a call or e-mail us! We have many staff members and craftsmen you can talk to to find out what your best option will be for getting your perfect engagement ring. 1-800-488-6347 or


*PDF Print out for our Paper Sizing Trick*
Walker Metalsmiths
1 South Main St
Andover, NY 14806


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The Personal Side of Custom Jewelry

Posted on August 28, 2015 by Lyndsay Burr | 0 Comments

  In our experience one of things our customers value the most is that we are a hands-on jewelry shop. Because we design the jewelry, do our own gold and silver lost-wax casting, fabricating, stone-setting and finishing all right in our workshop in Andover, NY, we can adapt our Celtic designs to incorporate our customers’ ideas and suit their needs.

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Studio Tour at Walker Metalsmiths Studio to include demonstrations and presentation on Ardagh Chalice

Posted on October 17, 2014 by Stephen Walker | 1 Comment

More than just "eye-candy" will be on display at Walker Metalsmiths Celtic Jewelry October 17 - 19. Walker's original creations are based on traditional Scottish and Irish themes. During the Studio Tour there will be an opportunity for the public to watch and learn about the ancient skills, cultural connections as well as modern technology, that the four craftsmen at Walker Metalsmiths use daily to make silver and gold rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces.

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“Lost Art” Revealed by Jeweler at Celtic Art Conference in Ireland

Posted on August 12, 2014 by Stephen Walker | 0 Comments

Argdagh ChallaceAmerican Celtic Jeweler Stephen Walker presented a demonstration and discussion at an international gathering of Celtic Art experts at the National University of Ireland in Galway on July 19, 2014. Walker’s topic is the Ardagh Chalice, an extremely elaborate bit of metalwork from 8th century Ireland, now displayed at the National Museum of Ireland.

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Saint Columba - Colum Cille

Posted on May 27, 2014 by Stephen Walker | 0 Comments

Columba lived to the age of 76 years. Tradition records that he knew that he was soon going to die and that he wanted to leave this world at Eastertide.  He reconsidered since he did not want to make the feast a time of mourning for his brethren and waited a little longer.  On his last day he was carried to the fields were the monks were working and blessed the crops. An old white horse which had carried the brother’s milk for many years approached him and rested his head on Columba’s shoulder and was seen to weep tears. When he returned to his cell the Saint took up his pen and worked at copying Psalm 34 and stopped at the tenth verse, “but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing”, and stated that someone else would have to finish it.  He died at the altar of his church at the midnight service. His feast day marks his passage to heaven on the 9th of June 597.

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Celtic Jewelry Set With Rare Green Tsavorite Garnets

Posted on May 06, 2014 by Stephen Walker | 1 Comment

Quality, durability and cost are all factors that Walker believes makes Tsavorite a superior choice over emerald for a green gem stone.  Many natural emeralds on the market are cloudy or included.  In fact, emeralds are commonly treated with special oil or resins to improve their look.  But Tsavorite is typically a very clear, evenly colored green right from the mines and need no special treatments.  Tsavorite also has a higher refractive index and a higher dispersion than emerald, giving it the ability to look brighter and sparkle more with the right cut. 

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Celtic Interlace and Knotwork Design Part II

Posted on February 08, 2014 by Stephen Walker | 0 Comments

When I was a youth learning to play the Highland bagpipe, I copied a chart from one of my tutors that showed who studied with who, from the living masters that my teachers learned from, back to Angus MacKay, the piper to Queen Victoria and through him back to the MacCrimmons, the hereditary pipers to the chiefs of the MacLeods.  From Finlay MacCrimmon in the 16th century down to myself I recorded nineteen generations of tuition. In the not so distant past the only way to hear and to learn music was to hear it live and this is still the best way. Recordings and broadcasting have transcended time and space somewhat, but the rare earliest recordings are now barely over a century old. Written music is of course older, but the fact remains that most traditional musicians learn their art from others on a face-to-face basis. Tunes and influences from recordings are still for the most part learned directly from other living musicians.

Our heritage of traditional music is dependent on an unbroken chain. Until the present era of recordings, only real time human contact has been the way that tunes, lyrics and musical technique have been passed from one generation to the next. In the visual arts of graphics and sculpture this limitation is not the case. While we can only hear the music of ancient times as it survives in a living tradition, we can see surviving examples of artwork hundreds or thousands of years old and the observant student of art can acquire images, influences and techniques directly from the distant past. Unlike musicians, most Celtic artists and designers working today are self-taught and only a few have had the benefit of a one-on-one teacher. Yet every day thousands of people are exposed to monuments of Celtic design that have stood on the same spots for a thousand years. The survival of monumental stone carvings in the form of the High Crosses and other monuments has meant that Celtic design has been a constant part of the visual world in the Celtic lands even when sometimes for generations the art was not practiced.

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