How to Choose the Right Engagement Ring for Your Hand Size

Finding the right engagement ring, there are many factors to consider. From diamond shape and size to setting and metal color. We’re here to take the process from “OMG What?!” to “That was so much easier than I imagined!”

Why It’s Important To Pick A Diamond Shape And Ring That Suits Your Hand 

Shape is everything! Let’s break down what a diamond shape is and why it’s important. The shape of a diamond refers to its configuration, such as oval, round, or emerald. Different diamond shapes (and sizes) can appear differently on the wearer, depending on the size of their fingers and hands. Read on to see which shapes work best for which type of fingers and hands.

How to Determine Your Hand Shape

So what is your hand shape? Factors that determine your hand shape are:

  • Overall size: is your hand generally large or small?

  • Size & shape of your palm: is your palm more of a square or rectangle shape?

  • Finger size: are your fingers longer or shorter? Slimmer or thicker?

While figuring out your hand shape isn’t measurable like finding your ring size, it’s important to have a general idea in mind when you start ring shopping.

Suitable Rings For Slim Fingers

It is best to choose a diamond and ring that won’t overwhelm a slimmer finger, this can include choosing a smaller diamond size. In terms of shape, oval or marquise diamonds, especially when placed in a solitaire setting, are widely considered the most complimentary engagement ring option for slimmer fingers. If you are looking to add width to a slimmer finger, go for a horizontal stone or an East West setting. 

Suitable Rings For Wider Fingers

If you want to create an illusion of a slimmer finger, then a pear, oval, or marquise shaped diamond is a great choice. A three stone setting, with the popular round diamond as the largest stone in the center, similarly has a slimming effect.

Another option is to take advantage of a wider finger and choose an angular-shaped engagement ring.

Best Ring Shapes For Short Fingers

Short fingers are most flattered by rings with a round, square, or Asscher diamond shape. If you want a diamond that will elongate your short finger, go for a pearl, oval, or marquise diamond.

Best Ring Shapes For Long Fingers

Lucky you! Experts advise that most diamond shapes work well for long fingers. In this case, focus on size. A larger stone will look particularly elegant. If a larger stone is not in your budget, go for an elongated shape such as emerald or pear.14K White Gold Ridged Dome Solitaire Engagement Ring

Or, if you prefer a shape that will balance out the length of your finger, go for a round, princess, or Asscher cut. A wider band will not only complement a larger diamond but will fit well on a longer finger. Another option, stack multiple slim band rings instead!

Engagement Rings For Large Hands

Larger hands mean more real estate for more dazzle. Go for a larger size diamond and/or larger settings such as a halo, multiple bands, or multiple stones. Take advantage of the real estate larger hand provide and get more dazzle with a split shank, double halo, or pavé ring setting.

14K White Gold Pavé Split Shank Contour Diamond Engagement Ring


Engagement Rings Best For Small Hands

Small hands are best complimented by shapes that won’t overwhelm them, including round, Asscher, princess, and cushion. 14K Yellow Gold Cable Solitaire Engagement Ring


Another tip, go for a smaller stone that will be proportionate with your smaller hand.