Any engagement ring can look stunning in a jeweler’s case, nestled in velvet and displayed under superior lighting to enhance its color and sparkle. But how will that ring actually look on your finger? Brides-to-be with small hands need to consider engagement rings very carefully to find a style that will look just as stunning on their delicate finger as they deserve.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW---
• Defining Small
All hands are different sizes, shapes, and proportions. Some hands are overall small in size, though they are well proportioned and balanced. Other hands may have larger palms but could seem to have shorter, stubbier fingers (generally shorter than the length of the palm). Some hands may have exceptionally slender fingers no matter what their size, while other hands may have thin fingers but larger, more obvious knuckles.
Ideally, an engagement ring should flatter the overall hand size and shape of the wearer. This is a piece of jewelry that will be worn almost constantly, for all types of events and activities, and it ought to be one the bride-to-be feels comfortable and confident wearing.
• Best Ring Styles for Overall Small Hands
Women with overall small hands are best suited with smaller, more delicate rings that won’t overwhelm the hand size. Classic solitaires are always a great choice for any hand shape, but don’t turn to larger diamond carat sizes that can look out of proportion with a smaller hand. Understated designs still stand out on petite hands, and rings with thinner bands can highlight the delicateness and femininity of small
• Popular Stone Shapes
The most popular stone shapes – round brilliant, princess, Asscher, and cushion – look best on small hands, though heart-shaped diamonds and thicker ovals can also be very complementary. Accent stones should be minimized, though if a bride wants a bit of extra bling, a pave band can be an extraordinary choice that will enhance the ring’s overall sparkle without overwhelming a smaller hand size.
Overall small hands do give couples the opportunity to focus their budget on diamond quality rather than extra accents or details on the ring design. A higher quality diamond will be striking all by itself, without any extra details necessary, and it will be a stunning accent on any small hand.
• Engagement Ring Options for Short Fingers
If very short or stubby fingers are a concern, choosing the right diamond shape can make a difference. Elongated diamonds such as the marquise, oval, pear, or thinner emerald cuts set perpendicular to the band will help elongate the finger. Cuts with square shapes, such as princess, Asscher, or cushion cuts, however, should be avoided, as they will cover more of the finger and could make it seem even thicker
and shorter. Narrower bands will also keep more skin visible, accentuating length rather than concealing it. Instead of broad accent stones, opt for a pave band, channel setting, or enhancers that stretch along the band rather than bunching around the center stone.
• Engagement Rings for Slender Fingers
Very slender fingers can be challenging for engagement rings, since larger rings could look too bulky or unbalanced against a narrow finger. Delicate, smaller stones, however, add femininity to the ring design and are well-suited to slender fingers. Wider bands with more details and accents can also be suitable,
but take care that the ring does not become so heavy that it will easily slide around a narrow finger. Proper sizing can ensure the ring fits well and stays in place even on slender fingers.
• Longer Diamond Shapes
Longer stone shapes, such as pear-shaped diamonds, emerald cuts, and marquise (navette) stones can all be amazing choices for slender fingers, complementing the length without adding unwieldy bulk to the ring’s design.
• Best Rings to Suit Small Fingers With Large Knuckles
Smaller fingers with large knuckles can be difficult to fit with that perfect engagement ring, and a ring could look disproportionate compared to the overall finger size. Opt for ring styles that help balance the knuckle size, such as three stone engagement rings. Broader stone shapes can also be ideal choices,
such as cushion cuts, Asscher diamonds, or larger princess stones. A wider band will help balance the overall ring size in comparison to the knuckles, and that gives couples a lot of design choice for detailed rings, such as Victorian engagement rings or Edwardian engagement rings with decadent designs.
The only ring style to avoid with large knuckles is a very thin, simple ring. A thin band or very plain ring could seem too small close to the knuckle, giving it an unbalanced and underwhelming look.
• The Very Best Ring Type of All
Ultimately, the best engagement ring style for small hands is simply one the bride-to-be loves and will enjoy wearing, no matter what the ring’s stone shape or overall design. While it can be helpful to keep small hands in mind while shopping for an engagement ring, so long as the ring matches her personality and individual flair, it will be a perfect fit on her hand size and finger shape.
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