Choosing An Engagement Ring For Your Hand Shape

Like shopping for jeans, when it comes to choosing an engagement ring, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all rule – you got to pick a cut and shape to suit your frame and build. Like bottoms, hands come in a range of shapes, sizes and structures, and its best to choose a ring that takes emphasises the complementarity of the design and your hand to full effect. Here’s how to pick an engagement ring that will suit the shape of your hand.

First things first, take a good look at that betrothed left hand of yours and size it up.

    1. Are your hands petite or on the larger side?
    1. Are your fingers wide, slender or average?
    1. Do you have long digits or short ones?
  1. Are your nails usually long or cut short? Long nails visually lengthen your digits.

Once you have these questions answered, you have a good idea of your hand shape. It’s time to start shopping.

Finding An Engagement Ring For Long Fingers

Lengthy digits can carry off most styles of rings and give you the freedom to try some more experimental engagement ring styles like coiled designs that run along the length of your digit. Large stones don’t overwhelm longer fingers so, brides-to-be, get your groom to splurge on some heavy bling to adorn your supermodel’s hand. Princess and round cut stones set on a wide band are some ideal choices for engagement rings for long fingers.

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Finding An Engagement Ring For Thin Fingers

If you have petite palms with slender digits, you don’t want to let your ring swamp your hand and make it look weighed down. Really big stones won’t do you any aesthetic favours; it is better to choose a moderate carat weight in a lengthened shape. A wideband will add some width to your fingers as well. In short, slender fingers, pear or marquise shapes work well, accentuating your digits’ elegance. In this case, too, stones should be set on a wide band for balance.

Finding An Engagement Ring For Wide Fingers

You may think that a marquise would add length to your hand but seeing too much of your finger around the stone can actually have the opposite effect. Instead play along to your finger’s structure by adorning it with a weighty round full-cut or a classic three-stone setting that will sparkle across your finger, drawing the most attention to the ring and not width. You’ll want to get a thick or medium width band as a slender one may be underwhelming. Bold, angular designs are also pulled off well on hands with wider digits.

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Finding An Engagement Ring For Short Fingers

Choose an engagement ring that can help lengthen the silhouette of your fingers – thin marquise stones, ovals, pears and emerald-cut shapes set vertically all tend to make fingers look elongated and elegant. A wideband can risk your fingers looking chunky so choose thinner, more delicate rings with a touch of grace.

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Knuckle issues

Big knuckles may make a bride-to-be anxious when ring shopping. If you are afraid of your knuckles getting all the attention instead of your fabulous new bling, choose a ring that’ll outshine those finger bellies. Heavy set bands, bigger stones or angular bold designs that are great ways to draw attention to your bling and away from your knuckles.

Overall Hand Size: Do You Have Small Or Large Hands?

Your choice of ring will also depend on the overall nature of your hands. While super small hands get overshadowed by big rings, small rings get lost on larger hands.

Small Hands

You don’t want to go overboard with the size of your ring if you have petite hands. Choose delicate designs which will look elegant and dainty. Shapes that work well are princess-cut, oval, round and even heart-shaped stones.

Large Hands

Small rings may not have that “engagement impact” you are looking for if your hands tend to be on the larger side. Instead, go all out. You have room to experiment with chunky designs and bold silhouettes. Let your personality shine through with large stones, creative designs and modulated bands.

Keeping these tips in mind should make ring shopping a little less confusing. Engagement rings may look perfect in their display case or on a model’s hand in an advertisement, but trying each on is extremely important to see what suits you best – after all, you want a ring to cherish for life.

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  1. Radhika Sharma
    July 26, 2018 / 5:03 pm

    I’ve been searching for an engagement ring and have quite large hands. I don’t want my fiance to spend a lot of money on a large diamond. At the same time, I don’t want a delicate ring to look weird on me. What should I do?

    • July 31, 2018 / 5:01 pm

      Engagement rings don’t have to stick to the standard gold and diamond combo. There are so many beautiful and unconventional designs – silver, crystals, gemstones, etc – that make for such stunning rings. The best part? You’ll have a totally unique jewel representing your love and commitment. Check out your gemstones here
      such as aquamarine, amethyst, citrine and topaz, which make striking coloured jewels and are often much more economical than diamonds.

  2. Roshani
    July 31, 2018 / 8:00 pm

    I have small fingers and recently got engaged – the engagement ring stone absolutely swamps my hand. Do you think setting the stone to a wider band will help?