There are lots of things to consider when shopping for an engagement ring. But you’ve likely looked over one of the most important factors: how a ring will suit your hand. Because there are many types of hands, the ring you choose should complement your particular hand shape.
Intrigued? Keep reading as we share all you need to know about rings to suit different hand shapes.
- Are Hands Really That Different?
- What Determines Whether a Ring Will Suit You?
- Types of Diamond Shapes
- Types of Ring Designs
- Ring Band Thickness
- Rings to Suit Short Fingers
- Rings to Suit Long Fingers
- Rings to Suit Wide Fingers
- Rings to Suit Small Hands
- Rings to Suit Big Hands
- Rings to Suit Square Hands
- How To Determine Your Hand Shape
Are Hands Really That Different?
Yes! As with everything, our hands are also different from each other’s. Some people have short fingers others have long fingers, chubby or wide fingers and so on.
Certain ring designs tend to accentuate the best features and downplay the not so desirable aspects of your hand, making it look its best. Note that this isn’t about pointing imperfections out but allowing you to feel the best you can about your engagement ring and the attention that it will bring to your hands.
What Determines Whether a Ring Will Suit You?
While the 4cs can be used to determine the value and shine of the diamond, they have little influence on the way a ring looks on your hand in particular.
The most important factors are the size and shape of the stone, design of the ring and the width of the band.
These are what attract the eye’s attention and direct it in ways that will either highlight or hide features on our hands.
Types of Diamond Shapes
The terms ‘cut’ and ‘shape’ are often used interchangeably when speaking about engagement rings, and though they are related, there is a distinct difference. A diamond is cut into a shape but cut (particularly in terms of the 4cs) refers to the dissection of a diamond to maximize light. The shape we will talk about relates only to the geometric figure of a diamond when looking at it from above.
Types of diamond shapes and cuts
Angular Shapes: Angular shapes are typically four or eight sided. These include princess, Asscher, emerald, baguette and radiant which are square in shape, but can be elongated as well to be more rectangular.
Rounded Shapes: The most popular diamond shape is the brilliant-cut diamond that’s perfectly spherical. Other curved shapes include the oval, marquise, pear, cushion and heart-shaped stones. These each have their pros and cons in terms of light performance and beauty.
Types of Ring Designs
The type of ring setting you choose can emphasize the beauty of your hands and accentuate its positive features.
The most popular type of ring design is the classic solitaire, featuring a single gemstone held up high atop the band. While any gemstone shape can be used for this, the two top choices are the round and princess cuts.
Solitaire Emerald Cut Engagement Ring. See it here.
Another popular ring setting is the halo setting, which typically come in single or double halo styles. Depending on the size of the halo, this design provides a lot of coverage for your fingers and adds impressive sparkle. The halo setting is very versatile and comes in a range of styles from minimalist to extravagant designs, as this stunning collection shows.
Three stone ring with wider coverage. See it here.
Side-stone settings, like three stone rings or five stone rings, enhance the ring’s brilliance as well increases the width of the focal point of the ring. This is perfect if you have larger fingers and need a ring that provides coverage.
Ring Band Thickness
The thickness of your ring band makes a big impact on how the ring looks on your finger. Most women’s engagement and wedding rings are around 2mm in width. However, wide wedding bands are also becoming popular for a statement, stylish look and can go up to
For small, petite fingers, thin wedding bands of 2mm or thinner would suit beautifully, without overwhelming the hands. However, wider bands are ideal for longer or larger fingers. Check out our detailed guide on engagement ring thickness for more information.
Rings to Suit Short Fingers
Pear shaped solitaire ring for shorter fingers. See this here.
If you have short fingers, you’d be looking to elongate them. For this, your best ring options are:
- Thinner bands will complement the size of your fingers without overwhelming them.
- Solitaire or halo settings look the best but minimalist designs in general work well for short hands.
- Long stones such as pear, marquise or oval gemstones.
- Make sure the orientation of the gemstone is vertical. A horizontal placement can make your fingers appear squat. This placement will draw the eye down your finger to create the illusion of length.
- A pear-shaped stone is the most flattering, particularly if it tapers towards your nail.
Avoid – wide bands, horizontally set stones and a lot of coverage.
Rings to Suit Long Fingers
East to west oval engagement ring by Nature Sparkle. See it here.
If you’re lucky enough to be blessed with long fingers, you can enjoy the freedom of choosing any style or shape you like.
- Shapes such as round, emerald and cushion stones can make fingers look smaller or wider than they are, but long fingers have the proportions to support these larger stones.
- Choose from average to wide bands to suit your taste
- Any ring design will look beautiful on long fingers but choose a design that has some substance, or it may appear underwhelming on your finger
- A horizontal orientation for gemstones can add a nice balance to the look.
Avoid – very thin bands, vertically set thin stones
Rings to Suit Wide Fingers
Elaborate engagement ring. See it here.
If you have wide fingers, your aim is to enhance the slimness and length of your fingers. Here’s how to do that.
- Engagement ring settings that will flatter wider fingers are those that leave little to no skin on either side of the center stone. Choose wider ring settings that provide coverage.
- Best settings for wide fingers include side-stone engagement ring with a dazzling center stone flanked by smaller stones on each side.
- choose a medium to thick band for your ring and avoid very thin bands.
- Narrow stones can also make your fingers appear wider but very thin stones can emphasize the width of your fingers.
- Large stones flatter wider fingers providing coverage and complementing the size.
- You can pull of most ring designs, especially larger ones.
Avoid – very thin bands, narrow ring designs
Rings to Suit Small Hands
Solitaire Engagement Ring by Brockton Gems. See it here.
Those with delicate hands should look for delicate rings to match. Large stones can swamp petite hands, so choose engagement rings with smaller stones. The good news is that if you choose a smaller stone, any cut will suit you. Simple solitaire styles with well-proportioned stones are a classic choice.
If you don’t want to lose sparkle, choose a halo ring design that comprises of a center stone enclosed by a border of small eye-catching diamonds. You can take the shine factor one step further by adding the same halo stones in a pave setting on the band of your engagement ring or matching wedding band.
Rings to Suit Big Hands
Asymmetrical Engagement Ring by Sophina Co. See it here.
Smaller stones should be avoided if you have bigger hands. If you love the look of minimal rings or minimal stones, look for unique designs that emphasize the wedding band rather than the stone. The simplicity of emerald cut stones is also well-suited to minimalist designs.
If you love a ring with a lot of twinkle, you have the luxury of choosing as big a diamond and as many stones as you like! For something avant-garde, try showing off a lot of sparkle in an interesting asymmetrical cluster that will draw the eye across your finger rather than a single focal point.
Rings to Suit Square Hands
Elegant bypass ring. See it here.
Square hands are characterized by a wide, boxy-looking palm. It’s a subtle trait, but an angular engagement ring can emphasize this shape.
Avoid square stones and look for feminine, curved features, like a solitaire ring with pinched or twisted shoulders that lead to a beautiful pear, oval, heart or marquise stone. For something more elaborate or unique, look for Art Nouveau designs that are imbued with swirls and curves inspired by florals.
How To Determine Your Hand Shape
Most people will have a general idea of the length and breadth of their fingers and the size of their hands. Analyse the width and length of your fingers in relation to your palm. But to get a better idea of your hand shape and what suits, try a variety of rings on.
If you’re looking to enhance the beauty of your hands or fingers, give them a flattering boost by getting a manicure! Opt for universally flattering almond or oval nail shapes and neutral colors as these will add length to your fingers.
If you want to classify the shape of your hands (and how this supposedly indicates the type of personality you have) check out this interesting video: