Have you been awaiting the magical proposal a while, and now you’re thinking about dropping a few engagement ring hints? Or perhaps the proposal came with the promise of your choice of engagement ring (lucky you!). While many people know about the “4 Cs” of choosing a diamond, (Cut, Clarity, Colour and Cut) you also need to think about the style of your new ring, and engagement ring will best suit your hand shape too.
Just like your wedding attire, you want your engagement ring to accentuate your hand’s best features. The most important thing is to balance the length and width of your fingers against the shape and size of the diamond or other gemstones, and the style of the ring.
Knowing your hand shape helps to choose the perfect engagement ring
Think about the shape, size and length of your hands and fingers. This will make deciding on your ideal engagement ring that much easier, choosing the cut of the diamond and width of the band to suit your hands best. Even if you do have your heart set on one particular aspect such as the shape of the stone, you can select your band width and design the ring to complement your hand shape.
Flattering engagement rings for short fingers
The right engagement ring can really accentuate shorter fingers into appearing longer and leaner, whether they are slim or wide. The best choice for someone with short fingers are diamond shapes that extend the fingers optically.
- Diamonds with an elongated shape: the baguette, the marquise, the pear shape and the oval cut diamond are the ideal stones to elongate short fingers while also being proportionate.
- A narrower band is ideal for short fingers because helps create a balance between the ring, fingers and hand and create the illusion of long fingers.. A thicker band can make your fingers seem shorter than what they are, akin to wearing thick ankle straps on short legs (like mine).
Best engagement rings for long fingers
As if you weren’t already blessed, long fingers suit the motto ‘the bigger, the better”. Being able to carry and pull off bold, larger styles is something long fingered ladies are lucky to suit!
- Princess-cut diamonds and rounded stones are the perfectly suited for longer fingers, and will flatter your lovely hand shape.
- A wider band tends to complement the length of long fingers, as a narrower band can make the stone look large and imbalanced.
- Long fingers also look amazing with more extravagant rings, set with coloured diamonds and gems.
Engagement ring shapes for slim fingers (Short or Long)
Choosing your engagement ring to suit slim fingers, you need to keep in mind not to overload the diamond. Small diamonds in combination with a slightly wider band help make your fingers look less slim. This makes everything a bit more proportionate.
- A round cut or cushion cut diamond is perfect for slim fingers, while not looking as though it is overbearing on your finger.
- If you have short and slim fingers, consider a marquise cut – ideal as it makes your fingers appear longer.
- For slimmer fingers, it is generally recommended to go with a thicker band. This is to help create the illusion of width with your fingers.
Slimming styles for wide fingers
To avoid making your fingers look wider with your engagement ring, try to avoid narrow stones or rings that show skin on either side.
- To create a more slimming look, the emerald and rectangular cuts are for you.
- Think of the trilogy engagement ring. The bigger and more conspicuous the engagement ring, the better. Small diamonds tend to make wide fingers look even wider.
- Slim to medium width bands allow for the stone to be the main – and best – feature on your hand.
For smaller hands delicate, quality diamond cuts are key. You may like to avoid very large diamonds, opting for a smaller carat but better quality clarity and colour. Wider bands may also look out of proportion and overbearing on your small hands.
- A fine ring set with a small diamond (brilliant, princess cut, oval or heart shaped) is perfect for someone with small hands.
- For smaller hands, thin to medium width bands are ideal as they don’t overbear your fingers and make your hand look smaller.
Engagement rings to suit bigger hands
For those of you who have larger hands, it’s time to be also be big and bold with your choices. Rather than select a ring which is small (and may appear ‘lost’), design your engagement ring with a halo of diamonds to accentuate the size of the diamond for a larger appearance. As a halo of diamonds contains much smaller stones, this is a cost-effective way of maximising the effect of your engagement ring.
- Clusters and Asscherr cuts are the best options for bigger hands as they all are able to be bold cuts that are in proportion to your hands.
- Depending on the cut of the stone, medium to wide bands are also best.
P.S. When you’re not wearing your engagement ring, keep it in one of these divine Velvet Ring Boxes.