When it comes to buying the perfect engagement ring, you may want to consider your recipient’s finger type and hand shape before choosing a design. Does she have short fingers? Long fingers? Large knuckles? Petite hands?
Depending on the structure of her hands and fingers, some designs will look amazing while others will fall short. In today’s write up, our goal is to take the stress out of finding the perfect ring and help you decide which is the best style for her.
For your convenience, we had listed navigational links that will bring you directly to the corresponding sections that interest you:
• Short Fingers
• Long Fingers
• Chubby Fingers
• Petite Fingers
• Large Knuckles
• Large Hands
• Small Hands
And if there’s any setting that you are interested in, simply click on the image to see full details of the ring!
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|Retailer||Why Choose Them?|
|James Allen||Customer orientated and intuitive 360° video listings.|
|White Flash||Super ideal cut diamonds and quality designer settings.|
|Blue Nile||Best selection of diamonds and competitive prices.|
If her fingers are short (a rough gauge would be fingers which are shorter than the palm), the ideal engagement ring should help accentuate her fingers by making them appear longer and leaner
A simple design would also be preferred as complicated designs would easily overwhelm the finger.
One of the easiest ways to do this is to select a center diamond with an elongated shape like the marquise, pear or oval. Doing so would help the wearer’s finger look longer and flatter her hands.
Elongated diamond shapes can create the illusion of length.
The use of a narrow or thinner band would also help create a contrasting appearance by elongating the length of the fingers.
French cut pavé engagement ring with a petite shank for maximum elegance and bling.
If you are blessed with long fingers, you have a great advantage when it comes to buying jewelry.
Whether it is a simple solitaire ring or an elaborate design, having longer fingers means your hand shape will naturally add an oomph and make most styles look great.
Besides round diamonds, you can also explore fancy shapes like princess or cushion cut diamonds. I would also like to highlight that lengthier fingers look amazing with extravagant rings.
Highly intricate ring details like these 2 examples here will make her stand out!
With long fingers, you have alot of leeway to be wild and daring.
Besides intricate settings, you could also choose something bold and make a fashion statement out of it. Here are 2 examples of rings that would be hard to pull off with other finger types but would look great on hers!
Make heads turn with outspoken ring designs like these!
Thick fingers are the trickiest types of hands to work with. As the fingers are generally wider, you would require more finger coverage from the ring or diamond. Otherwise, the ring would look underwhelming.
For guys with a bigger budget, you can probably afford to buy a large carat size diamond to mitigate the problem. If you don’t have a generous budget to work with, a clustered ring like a halo or a geometric design would offer cost-effective solutions.
On a personal note, my wife has thick and short fingers (size 7). Here’s a comparison of how two different style of engagement rings on her hands would look like.
On the left is a plain, simple platinum solitaire design with a 0.7ct round diamond. And on the right, she’s wearing a 1ct floating halo ring I recently purchased from Blue Nile.
A halo ring design makes the diamond appear bigger than it is.
For large and fat fingers, one great way to make a ring stand out is to select split shank designs. Similarly, a raised prong setting can create an illusion of depth which makes the finger appear narrower.
Split shank designs can cover a bigger area of a fat finger and turn heads at the same time!
Thin fingers are great for many things. Not only are you fingers more nimble, they are also very elegant without trying. What’s more, skinnier fingers will make smaller sized diamonds appear bigger and this means you don’t have to break the bank for a decent looking ring.
Smaller carat sizes are great for budget and perfect on a skinny finger.
Pave settings are also ideal candidates to suit slim fingers. Combined with a softer diamond shape like the round or cushion cut, it can do wonders to prevent an overbearing look.
Elegant ring designs that flatter tiny hands.
Large knuckles present two main problems; they can cause fitting issues and stand out as sore features on her hands. To detract attention away from the knuckles, you can make use of 3-stone rings to add volume to the finger and provide a better balanced look.
For women with extremely large and defined knuckles, you can also draw attention away from them by choosing a ring with a bolder and wider band design. Here are some ring ideas to help you do that…
Heavier looking bands complement fingers with big knuckles really well.
Similar to large fingers, a bigger hand will make a small size ring look awkward and out of place. As a result, a larger hand will generally require bigger finger coverage (e.g larger size center stones). If you have a smaller budget, consider using settings with accent stones or pave side stones to accentuate the ring.
Besides emphasizing the size of the center stone, the melees add a dimension of bling and sparkle too!
Chunkier designs like split shank rings or fancy geometric rings can create a heavier look to balance a bigger sized hand. You can also take advantage of vintage style rings as they work well to complement larger hands.
If she has a petite frame and little hands, the good news is that diamonds with smaller carat sizes will look proportionally better on her. Simple solitaire designs or delicate bands with round or princess cut diamonds are best suited for her hands.
Solitaire rings are evergreen and budget-friendly!
If you had followed the blog for some time, you will know I’m a fan of pave settings. Below are 2 of my favorite pave settings that have thin shanks.
Pavé settings offer extra bling without going over the top.
So there you have it. We hope this article has showed you how to choose an engagement ring to suit different hand and finger types.
Remember, this writeup should only serve as a guideline and not be regarded as “hard and fast” rules. Besides finger/hand shape, you should also take into account her personal tastes and lifestyle.
At the end of the day, her preferences is what matters. If there’s a particular design that really speaks to her, go for it!
Find a style that she will enjoy wearing for many years to come. With that, I hope you enjoy yourself and have fun in the shopping process! Feel free to bump me an email or drop a comment below if you need help with a selection.
I went into a local store here in Austin to shop around for engagement rings for petite hands. I literally tried on all the designs that the shop has but couldn’t find something I like. Would you know of any jeweler in this area that specializes in such designs?
Have you read the corresponding section above? White Flash has a physical showroom in Texas, Sugarland. Get in touch with them beforehand to make an appointment. They do have a number of suitable engagement rings for petite hands beyond the 2 I showed as examples in the writeup.
My fiancee is a pretty plump woman and I’m looking at engagement rings for fat fingers that cost less than $3,000. Can you point me in the right direction for vintage designs and styles of engagement rings for chubby fingers?
$3000 for a vintage style would be an extremely tight budget to work with. Antique style settings typically cost more due to the craftsmanship for intricate detailing. In my opinion, the best engagement rings for big fingers are those with volume and bulky appearances.
Blue Nile has a couple of nice designs and I picked out two for you to consider.
I was browsing online and looking at rings for large fingers with the purpose of combining it with an emerald cut diamond. My gf has a finger size of 8 and somewhat longish digits by your definition. I am flexible with spending around $10k and if I can spend less, that would be best. I would also be willing to pay more for the right ring. Can you offer some suggestions?
Here are some links to suitable rings for large fingers:
If you need help with picking out a center stone, bump me another note. Since you are browsing around, my advice is to narrow down to the setting you want first. This would give you a better idea on your remaining budget for the diamond.
I’m really thankful for your sharing of knowledge and help. I’m still in the midst of figuring out how to choose and engagement ring that suits her hands. She has really dark skin tone and I’m not sure whether I should get a yellow gold or platinum setting.
Do you have another guide on selecting suitable jewelry for different color skin tones? If you do, I would love to read it. Otherwise, I hope to get your opinion as soon as possible.
Thank you for your feedback. Unfortunately, I haven’t written anything on skin tones yet and I would put that as a topic to work on.
And now to answer your question, white gold or platinum would look better on darker skin tones. However, the choice of color is really up to what she likes. Have you asked her about what she wants?
The guide here makes it more difficult to decide the ring I should buy for my girlfriend. She has long, thin and large hands. What rings look best on her fingers and that you think will suit her?
With long, thin and large hands, there are alot of designs that are suitable. I would recommend going for designs with a halo, pave or detailed patternings. That will complement larger hands nicely.