If you’re shopping for the perfect engagement ring, you’ve most likely encountered an overwhelming amount of styles and options. That being said, there is a way to narrow down your search beyond the standard considerations like the 4Cs (carat, cut, clarity and colour). You need to find an engagement ring that will suit the hand it’s going to be placed on.
Think of it like buying a piece of clothing. You will consider what the clothes look like themselves, but the real test will be how they look on you. It’s the same with engagement rings. In this case, it’s all about finding a ring that will complement the structure of your hand and fingers.
Engagement Rings and Finger Types
There are many guides out there about matching ring styles to your hand, and they all essentially come down to these criteria: finger length and width.
Before we get into our specific guide, it’s important to remember a general rule: choose a ring that matches your personality and style. There are technical considerations that come with different finger types, but don’t let that be the deciding factor. This guide is meant to complement and further narrow down your choices once you’ve got an idea of what type of ring you’d like – and remember, all rings can be re-sized and customized for your particular needs.
So let’s take a look at how an engagement ring will interact with your finger.The first measurement you should look at when considering a ring is finger length.
If you’re dealing with long and relatively thin fingers, you’ve got many engagement ring options that will look great on them. Here are a few points to consider that will complement long fingers of a slender nature.
- Wider bands will balance the length of the finger
- Princess cut and round diamonds generally complement long fingers nicely
- Long fingers can get away with bolder styles overall
This engagement ring is a particularly strong and dynamic choice for people with long, slender fingers.
In this case, you typically want to choose an engagement ring that will serve to elongate the appearance of the finger, regardless of how wide they are. Note that when dealing with short fingers, you need to be careful not to choose a ring that will overpower the finger.
- Narrower bands will create the illusion of length
- Pear, oval and marquise diamonds will complement shorter fingers
- Rectangular shaped stones can also serve to elongate the appearance of the finger
This white gold ring is the perfect example of flattering ring for short fingers.
Finger width is another criterion that should be looked at, but generally speaking there are more specific things you need to consider when dealing with thick or wide fingers.
Think of wide fingers as a bigger canvas for showing off the engagement ring. That means that you want to use it – don’t go for a small ring that shows too much skin on either side of it. Consider the following points:
- Thicker bands will help balance out the finger’s width
- Wide oval, marquise or rectangular shaped diamonds will complement this type of finger
- Bold and asymmetrical designs can be put to good use in this case
A split-shank band such as this piececan also help to elongate the finger
Very Slender Fingers
No matter then length, it’s important to keep in mind that if the fingers are very slender, you don’t want to overpower them – even though longer fingers can carry a bit more boldness on them. That’s the only rule you need to think about in this case.
If you’ve been blessed with big knuckles, you might want to take attention away from them and make sure people are focusing on the ring. Wide bands and ornate centres are a great way to achieve this.
This round-cut diamond engagement ring with a double-cushion halo creates the perfect eye-catching focal point.
These simple guidelines will help refine your search for the perfect engagement ring without compromising your personal style. Browse Randor’s wide range of styles and designs with this in mind, and be sure to reach out if you have any questions.