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What diamond shape suits my hand?


When choosing a diamond ring, it’s impossible not to get lost in sparkle and shine. But did you know that the cut of a diamond also plays a part in flattering your finger or hand shape? Just like buying clothes in a cut to suit your figure, you can choose a diamond that will enhance the shape of your hand and fingers. If you’ve ever wondered, ‘what ring shape will suit my finger?’ you’ve come to the right place. Certain styles and diamond shapes will highlight your hand’s best features and minimise the parts you’re not so keen on. Princess cut or pear shape, round brilliant or solitaire… discover optical illusions as magical as diamonds themselves.

Small hands with short fingers

sb1301-bespoke-designed-oval-cut-diamond-side-stone-ring-image-1If you have small hands and short fingers you’ll want to create the illusion of length. Short fingers can sometimes look pudgy or thick, so choose a diamond cut that elongates the finger. Oval, marquise and pear cut stones play tricks with the eye, making fingers appear longer and slender. The angular proportions of the marquise cut lengthen a short finger, whilst the narrow tip of the pear shape makes fingers appear more graceful.

What to avoid: Square cut stones

Wide fingers

PR1002-emerald-cut-diamond-side-stone-engagement-ring-in-box-image-2With wide fingers, you can pull off large stones, ornate rings, fancy diamonds and vivid gemstones. You can make fingers appear slender by showing as little skin as possible on each side of the stone. An emerald cut is a perfect choice; its large rectangular facets will cover the width of your finger. The radiant cut, which gives you a beautiful mix of both horizontal and vertical facets, is also an excellent option.

What to avoid: Narrow stones and narrow bands

Medium to thickset hands

With medium or thick-set hands you need to balance out proportions. Opt for larger stones, wide bands and three stone rings which have gemstones set side by side. Known as a trilogy, three stone rings counteract thickness and width, making fleshier hands and fingers look more elegant.

What to avoid: Small stones and narrow shapes

Long fingers

The world is your oyster: big stones and dramatic designs look incredible as do princess and round cut diamonds. You can go big with your carats and choose everything from marquise to emerald-cut diamonds. If you want to balance out long fingers, a wider band keeps everything proportional.

Skinny fingers

You won’t want to overwhelm your hand with big stones if you have skinny fingers. Smaller stones and round brilliant or solitaire diamonds will look effortless and elegant. If your fingers are both skinny and short, marquise and pear shape rings give the illusion of length. Choose a wide band for balance.

What to avoid: Large stones

Square fingers

The trick with square or boxy fingers is to consider a tapered side stone diamond ring. With side stones set into the band, the eye will be drawn to the sparkle rather than the finger.

What to avoid: Princess-cut stones and wide bands.

Big knuckles with skinny fingers

TR1060-round-and-pear-cut-three-stone-diamond-engagement-ring-on-hand-image-1The key is to find a ring that slips over the knuckle but doesn’t swing once it is on. Round cut diamonds in a 3 stone setting are great for those with big knuckles; the spotlight will be on the stones rather than the size of the knuckle. Bands that are wide also work well, giving the impression of narrower knuckles and providing a good balance to the hand.

The cut of a ring is important for many reasons, including how it will enhance the shape of your fingers and hand.

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Engagement Rings - FAQs

Yes. An engagement ring can have any colour gemstone either as the centre stone or as second stones. Popular gemstones for gemstone rings are: Yellow Diamonds, Sapphires, Emeralds, Morganites and Rubies.

If you plan to buy the ring without your partner, it is a good idea to start shopping 2-3 months in advance of when you want to propose. This will give you ample time to choose, consider and order the ring, have it customized if you want to and allows some buffer time for you, in case plans change regarding when and where you propose. It is also worth considering whether your partner would prefer to be involved in the ring choosing process. For many women, choosing their own ring is a must – when you consider that they will be wearing it everywhere they go for the rest of their lives, it’s a reasonable request! If you are unsure, it may help you to ask a close friend of hers what they think your partner would prefer; they may also have some insight to the type of ring your partner would like too so this approach can yield a lot of benefits! Ultimately, how far in advance you buy the engagement ring comes down to having options and a buffer time; for most situations, this will be 2-3 months.

In many cases, we can make an engagement ring within 1 week, depending on whether the diamond and band colour are in stock. We stock a wide variety of diamonds and band colours but we also have access to over 500,000 diamonds to ensure you can get the perfect one for you. This can take up to 4 weeks to acquire and set in your ring.

A bespoke engagement ring need not mean expensive. The diamond(s) or other stone(s) you choose is usually the major price factor for the price of your ring. We have a wide range of affordable engagement rings priced under €2500 with moissanite engagement rings for any budget. Every ring we offer can use a moissanite stone instead of a diamond – the cost for these is significantly more favourable than diamonds.
Read all about moissanites and compare Diamonds vs Moissanites.


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