The good news is, that’s a little easier to figure out than you might think. This here is our simple guide to picking an engagement ring to best enhance her hand.
Each hand is a unique genetic composition and symbolises a lifetime of experiences lived, sensations felt, skills acquired and messages conveyed. No two sets of hands are the same. Before you do anything, you need first to establish the defining characteristics of hers.
As well as the overall size of her hand, take into account the length, width and shape of her fingers. Consider whether she keeps her fingernails long or trims them short; low-cut nails can have a shortening effect on the finger, whilst long nails have the power to elongate.
It’s also worth considering her skin tone. Warm-hued materials like yellow gold and red rubies are beautifully enhanced by dark and olive skin, whilst the white tones of platinum, white gold and colourless diamonds are set off nicely by a fair complexion.
Dainty designs with slim bands and small stones run the risk of languishing on the larger hand. To strike a proportional balance, seek a large stone, a wider band (somewhere in the region of 2.5-3mm) and an attention-grabbing concept. Don’t be afraid to explore the avenue of cocktail rings! Our Black Label engagement rings are made for the Amazonian woman who likes to turn a head, whilst our Hestia design packs a punch on a smaller budget.
If it’s all about proportion then a small, round stone, a slender band and a lightweight claw setting are the features best suited to the small hand. Our delicate Athena ring is a best-selling hit for the petite brides-to-be, whilst our contemporary Serenity ring pushes the boundaries of minimal design.
Those who have been blessed with long fingers will probably find that they can pull off most ring styles. Whether she’s a classic girl who’d fall head-over-heels for a traditional design, like our Venus solitaire, or a trend-setter who’s not afraid to branch out with an elaborate alternative, her ring’s going to look great. However, particularly long fingers are best complemented by square and round gemstone cuts that don’t further emphasise their length.
Tall, narrow gemstone cuts like the oval, marquise or pear are fantastic at elongating short fingers. Slim bands and raised gemstone settings also offer the illusion of a longer finger. Our Cybele ring boasts a substantial ovular central diamond, making it a perfect proportional choice for a sturdy hand with short fingers. Meanwhile, our Fancy Athena’s delicate pear-cut central stone would look fabulous on the more elfin hand.
Broad fingers are best accentuated by wide designs that don’t reveal a huge amount of skin either side of the central stone. A halo design like that of our flashy Efflorescence sits gorgeously on the wider finger, whilst the ample trilogy setting of our Carina ring is also carried off wonderfully on the chunkier hand.
Slender fingers aren’t best celebrated by designs that swamp them. A smaller central stone enables you to save a penny or two, and works cleverly with a wider band to strike a balance – neither overpowering the finger nor over-accentuating its narrowness. Our nature-inspired Foliage ring ticks both of these boxes.