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How to choose the right engagement ring to suit your hand.

Similar to engagement rings, hands come in all shapes and sizes. If you really want to impress your future bride, consider buying an engagement ring that flatters her hand. Here are some ring buying tips for every hand shape and size.

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, or emerald-cut 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.