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BangleGuy

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719 days ago

So I am taking the plunge and committing to have a pilot run made of metal ring cores (wedding bands) that would allow wood turners to make rings, just like my bangles. I ordered some titanium yesterday and spent time at the CNC shop working out some details. Given that there are so many sizes of rings (size 6 to 16 in 1/4 increments), what is the consensus on ring sizes and gender.

My thinking is that men will be more interested in buying these rings than woman, and that the average men’s ring size is a 10. So, I was thinking of having some size 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5 and 11’s made. These rings would also be a little wider to get a good view of the wood.

Your thoughts would be appreciated! Thanks

Eric

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DKV

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#1 posted 719 days ago

Most Common Ring Sizes

Women’s most common ring sizes: 6 through 8.Women’s average ring size: 7.Men’s most common ring sizes: 9 through 11.Men’s average ring size: 10.However, if you’re selling jewelry it’s a good idea to carry a wider selection of sizes. There are many folks with very large or very small fingers who really appreciate finding a jeweler with ring sizes outside of the average range.

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Tdazzo

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#2 posted 719 days ago

First off, I just looked at your site and I’m very impressed. Really good looking stuff. I haven’t ventured into the turning realm of the craft but I’m certainly more interested each time I see something like this.

As far as your question, I assume you’re more interested in stocking the Core sets than the actual finished rings, correct? If so, I’d say that most folks who want to order the supplies to craft their own would likely want to stock up on mostly the common sizes. I would think it doesn’t make a ton of sense to stock supplies or craft items with a much lower likelihood of selling unles you’re moving a lot of inventory regularly. I would think the outliers would be fine as ‘special orders’. Then again, I’m not in the business of selling craft items so can’t say from experience.

I would think though, that your male/female clientele ratio would be closer to an even split than you might think. Again, just a guess. But, based on the prices I saw for your finished bangles, I’d guess that a certain portion of the male fashion-ring wearing market would be out. My guess would be that they would appeal more to men who are likely to have girlfriends and/or wives. And you know that the wife/girlfriend is gonna see it on her man and want one too. ;-)

Truth is, my wife and I just celebrated our 7 anniversary and the first thing that came to mind as I was looking at your bangles was “wow, a his/her set of Cocobola or Spalted Maple rings would have made the wife real happy this year”. In fact, I’d be interested in a set at some point if you get any finished rings made for sale, and we’re both common sizes too (7 and 9 I think).

In any case, I’m a software guy by trade and a woodworker by hobby. I’ve never made my living or even spare cash selling hand crafted items, so take my advice for what it’s worth in that respect. I can offer advice as a potential consumer though. Best of luck with your future projects and I’ll definitely be bookmarking your site. Thanks for sharing.

-- "If you can't do something smart, do something right." -- Sheppard Book

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Arlin Eastman

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#3 posted 719 days ago

My son in law has one and it is a size 11. I wear a size 13.

Arlin

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BentheViking

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#4 posted 719 days ago

Mine is titanium (no wood). I think its a somewhere in that 10 range

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BangleGuy

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#5 posted 719 days ago

Thanks everyone, I will be working on the design and post when I have something.

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ruel24

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#6 posted 718 days ago

I find it hard to believe 10 is average. I’m wearing a 13 and it’s snug. My hands are not all that fat, either. Heck, my brother wears a 16. Now, he does have some fat hands. However, most of the men I know are in the 11 to 13 range in their ring size.

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LukieB

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#7 posted 718 days ago

I wear a 10.5

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