It is a huge and memorable occasion when you get engaged or married. People will always want to mark it with something beautiful which will highlight its significance. Jewellery is traditionally that outlet and so when people make that purchase, they should aim to make it one which suits their hand and as a result stands out for all the right reasons.
When you want to find the most flattering ring for your hand, take a look at your finger shape as well as your hand size. You could also decide to get the help of an expert at your selected wedding ring or engagement ring specialist. Different hand shapes look best with varying shapes and sizes of stones. There are some guidelines below but they are just that; guidelines.
It is important to note that a person with large hands and short fingers is likely to look best in different ring styles in comparison to a short-fingered person with small hands. Similarly, finger width can affect the look of a ring, even nail shape and length can make a difference too. When choosing rings, think of the proportion of the fit as well as the ring style you love. You will only really find out what suits you by trying on some rings so before you decide, try on your friends, family and colleagues rings to get some idea.
Long fingers: Round rings are often the most flattering ring here. Marquise shapes often make long fingers look even longer which you may not want. The marquise is a stretched out, oblong shape with pointed ends. This is similar to pear or oval stones which may also not be very flattering. Most flattering: Round rings.
Short fingers: Round stones can make short fingers appear even shorter. Big rectangular rings can overwhelm and are probably the least flattering. Most flattering: The marquise shape can help add the illusion of length, and pear or teardrop shapes are usually flattering.
Wide fingers: The key is to pick a ring that is not thickset in style. Most flattering: Cluster-styles, round stones or wider marquise styles may flatter short, wide fingers.
Narrow fingers: Heart-shaped or round stones are not the most flattering on narrow fingers. Most flattering: Rings with small stones may help give the illusion of wider fingers.
Large hands: Rings with smaller stones will inevitably look a little lost on larger hands. Most flattering: Go for ornate styles, perhaps coloured stones.
Small hands: Keep the proportion of the ring small in keeping with the daintiness of the hand. Most flattering: Small heart-shaped, oval, round, or square stones. Thin bands and fine settings
Does a wedding ring have to match a bride’s engagement ring?
If a bride plans to wear both rings on the same finger, then the norm is to match the jewellery so they look like good together. If down the line you choose to add an eternity ring or band this can add to the overall look again. An experienced jeweller will be able to advise you further.