IS FINDING THE CORRECT RING SIZE REALLY THAT HARD?
Finding the correct ring size even if you've been sized by a jeweler can be very difficult, if not impossible, without actually wearing that size from day to day. This is because our fingers can fluctuate dramatically in size from day to day. The only truly good way to find what ring size fits you best most of the time is to actually wear that size for several days, or even weeks.
At Spexton we focus on creating custom-made rings for each of our customers, and since most of those customers were online we had to create a way to help them test ring sizes before we made their real ring. This way, the odds of the real ring not fitting would be very slim--thus allowing our customers the best service, and the right fit the first time.
After selling thousands of our Test Size Kits over the past few years, we discovered that over 70% of customers who tried the testers ended up wanting a totally different size than what their jeweler originally recommended!
In other words, if you're shopping for a band online, there is only a 30% chance you truly know your correct ring size!
HOW DOES THE SPEXTON TEST SIZE KIT WORK?
Step 1: Visit a jeweler and get an initial idea of your ring size.
Step 2: Order your 3 test sizes/widths. We recommend of course choosing the size your jeweler recommended, and 1/2 size larger, and 1/2 size smaller so that you have a full size range to test.
Step 3: Wear the rings for several days (or weeks) in a row to determine which size fits you the best most of the time. I recommend wearing them as long as you can before you start the production of your real wedding band.
Step 4: Now that you know your size, come back to Spexton.com and order any ring. Upon checkout, put your email address that is associated with your test size order into the coupon code field and you'll get $50 back towards your ring purchase.
WHAT IF I JUST WANT THE TEST SIZE KIT FROM SPEXTON, AND I WANT TO ORDER MY RING ELSEWHERE?
No problem, you can still purchase the kit from Spexton to help you determine your best fitting size. This is a great idea if you're buying an artisan-made ring from your local jeweler, or with an Etsy.com seller, etc. I suggest giving/shipping the test size you like the best to your ring maker so they can perfectly replicate the size. This is a great way to avoid having to send back your ring for resizing after your wedding day and having to be without it after the wedding is over.
HOW MUCH DOES THE TEST SIZE KIT COST?
The custom test size kit is $50, and that includes a credit towards any Spexton ring, so if you're shopping with Spexton it is essentially free--basically a downpayment towards your real ring.
If you are just wanting the kit and not a Spexton ring, it is simply the $50 fee--a small price to pay to ensure you are going to love your ring size, and especially if your ring maker charges fees to resize their rings as so many Etsy.com sellers do.
HOW SOON WILL THE KIT ARRIVE?
We make each kit to order, and our machines run Monday through Friday. We generally ship your test size kit the next business day after your order is placed. Free USPS shipping is included in the test sizers for US based buyers, and transit time usually takes between 5-7 days to arrive.
WHAT HAVE OTHER CUSTOMERS THOUGHT OF THE KIT?
Here are some recent reviews from test size kit buyers that you can see along with many more by scrolling to the bottom of the Test Size Kit page:
WHEN I COME BACK TO BUY MY RING FROM SPEXTON, HOW DO I GET MY $50 CREDIT TOWARDS A RING PURCHASE?
Upon checkout, simply place the email address you used for your test size kit order in the the Coupon Code field. Your email address is the code that allows you to claim the $50 credit.
WHAT ARE THE TEST SIZE RINGS MADE OF?
Our test size rings are made from aluminum, and are thus silver in color, lightweight, and totally skin friendly.
DO I HAVE TO SHIP THE TEST SIZE KIT BACK AFTER I'M FINISHED?
No, the test size kit is yours to keep and we do not need it back.
CAN I RETURN MY TEST SIZE KIT FOR A REFUND?
No, the test size kit is a made-to-order service for you. Your $50 credit towards the purchase of a Spexton ring never expires, but you cannot ship back your size test kit for a refund.
WHO IS SPEXTON?
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Since the launch of our Black Zirconium Wedding Band Collection we've had many requests for more information about the metal, how we make it, and why it is a great choice as a men's wedding band.
Here are some of the most common questions we get about these unique rings:
1. What is Black Zirconium?
Zirconium begins as a grayish white metal that is very similar to Titanium--it is relatively lightweight, is skin-friendly (no nickel), and is primarily used in nuclear reactors due to its high heat and corrosion resistance. Once heated, the exposed portion of the metal oxidizes black, feeling much like a ceramic.
2. How does Black Zirconium compare to Tungsten?
Unlike Tungsten rings, which can shatter, Black Zirconium rings are shatterproof. Spexton's Black Zirconium rings are jet black in color, and are similar in weight to titanium--much lighter than Tungsten. Because we handcraft each of our Black Zirconium rings to order, we are able to offer endless customizations such as size, width, thickness, texture, inlay metals, so that your ring is a true original. Because tungsten rings are mass produced there is nothing inherently special or unique about them--and no options to customize.
3. Can Black Zirconium Wedding Rings be cut off the finger if necessary?
Black Zirconium Rings, as well as Titanium and Steel rings can be cut off of the finger if necessary by medical personnel. It is a widely circulated myth that these types of metals cannot be cut off, and there's an interesting article on the leading myth debunking website, Snopes.com, that gives an in-depth review of this falsity about contemporary metal wedding bands.
Spexton has handmade scores of thousands of titanium, zirconium, steel and other contemporary metal bands since our inception in 2003 and have never had any issues with safe ring removal.
4. How are Spexton Black Zirconium Wedding Bands different than others?
First and foremost, the vast majority of all mens wedding bands are mass-produced overseas, especially if they're made out of metals like Tungsten, Titanium, Cobalt, Steel, Zirconium, etc.
Spexton is an American custom handmade design studio. We believe that of all the mass-produced things you buy in life, your wedding ring should not be one of them. This is the guiding principle for all of our production techniques. Unlike mass-produced men's wedding bands, our customizable Black Zirconium rings are each made one-at-a-time in our studio using only manual lathes. This means that we hand carve every one of our wedding rings, black zirconium or otherwise, without the use of computers. This is like having an artist paint an original painting for you, vs. purchasing a print of one of their works.
At Spexton, when we make a Black Zirconium ring we begin by cutting the design out of solid zirconium bar and then shape the design on our manual lathes. When ready, we heat the ring using a process we have perfected that causes the outer portion of the zirconium to oxidize to the black you see on the finished rings. We follow the firing process with additional steps that further harden the zirconium making it extremely resistant to surface scratching.
By blending unique finishes, textures, and inlays such as rose gold and diamonds, our black wedding bands are extremely durable, expertly polished, and unlike anything you can purchase in any jewelry store (except the Spexton store, of course).
5. How will Black Zirconium Rings hold up to daily wear? Will they scratch?
With normal daily wear black zirconium rings are extremely durable. Our assistant machinist wears one daily and is constantly knocking it against metal surfaces and it looks great after a year.
If you scrape it hard across the pavement, wear it rock climbing, smash it against very abrasive surfaces, or cut it with diamonds, you can cut through the oxidized layer and reveal the white metal. A totally impossible to scratch black wedding ring material does not exist.
That said, you will need to be actively abusing the ring or have a serious accident in order to reveal the white. If you know you're going to be digging in gravel, doing something where you should be absolutely wearing gloves but aren't, or are performing any type of job where jewelry is forbidden for safety reasons to begin with, then obviously take off any and all jewelry.
I'll also point out: we use a diamond tip to engrave our rings. When using the diamond to cut into the surface we can engrave about 100 titanium rings before the tip of the diamond becomes dull and needs to be replaced. With our Black Zirconium we can only engrave about 5 rings before the diamond is completely worn out from cutting into the zirconium--it is just that hard.