What's the Right Engagement Ring for My Hand?

What is the best engagement ring shape for my finger?

Choosing a flattering engagement ring for your hand

Choosing the right ring is like finding the right dress. You want something that suits not just your style, but the shape of your hand as well. Here are some basics that can help you find the ideal style for you.

Follow this formula: Finger length x width + ring shape + style

Consider the length and width of your finger - along with the overall size of your hand - against a couple key things:

  • Shape and size of the main stone
  • Width and style of the ring itself

Also consider your typical nail length and shape: are they usually trimmed short or long, manicured and shaped? Longer nails lengthen the appearance of your fingers.

Consider these guidelines but if your heart is set on a particular stone and shape, you need to honor that. We also advise trying on different styles - even if it's "just for fun" before he pops the question - to be sure you find the style with the perfect fit.

Explore advice for all shapes and sizes:

Long fingers

Most styles work nicely on engagement rings for long, thin fingers, but consider these points when choosing:

  • Princess-cut and round stones are especially flattering.
  • Wider bands tend to complement length.
  • Long fingers can carry a bold style - but only if that suits you.

Slender fingers

When choosing an engagement ring for slender fingers, the main consideration is not to overpower them:

  • Smaller stones can help make thin fingers appear wider.
  • Thicker bands work well to widen the look of your finger.

Short fingers

An engagement ring for short fingers should help elongate your fingers - no matter their width:

  • Oval, pear or marquise stones help lengthen the appearance of your finger.
  • Rectangular emerald-cut stones can lengthen short fingers, as long they aren't so big they overwhelm.
  • Slender, narrow-width bands create the illusion of length.

Wide fingers

The trick to choosing an engagement ring for wide fingers is to find a style that doesn't show too much skin on either side of the ring. On the flip side, having wide fingers gives you more room to really make a statement. Consider the following styles:

  • Go for a wide oval, marquise, rectangular or emerald shape - narrow stones will make wide fingers look even wider.
  • Cluster styles and round stones in larger settings are flattering to wide fingers.
  • Choose a medium-to-thick band.
  • Angular shapes and asymmetrical designs both minimize the width of the finger.

Small hands

  • With small hands, it's best to keep the overall proportion of your ring small.
  • Small round, princess-cut, oval or heart-shaped stones work especially well.

Large hands

  • Try larger rings that suit your personality - you have room to get creative.
  • With larger hands, you can easily get away with bolder styles.