When it comes to shapes and styles, not all diamonds are created equal—and not all diamonds work equally well with every finger. You might be in love with your best friend’s engagement ring, but that same shape and style may not look the same when you try it on your own finger. It’s true: Different diamonds look different on different fingers. To help you find your perfect fit, we asked the diamond experts at The Clear Cut to share how to find a diamond shape and style that works best with your ring finger.
First things first—before we jump into the best diamond shapes and style for each finger type, let’s quickly go over some of the most important factors that go into choosing the right diamond for you.
Some of the main criteria you’re going to want to consider when choosing the perfect diamond shape and style for your engagement ring include:
As we said, different diamonds look different on different fingers and hands. Here’s how to figure out what diamond will best suit your finger.
A round brilliant is one of the most classic diamond shapes on the market. And it’s a classic for a reason. This diamond holds a lot of its weight at the top, which takes up a lot of real estate on your ring finger. Plus, because of the round shape, you get a balanced look that will work on a variety of finger shapes and sizes.
While there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to choosing the right diamond shape/style, if you want a diamond that’s going to be universally flattering, the round brilliant is a solid choice.
If you have long, thin fingers, you’re going to want to choose a diamond shape that compliments your finger length. So, elongated diamonds are a fantastic choice.
Luckily, there are a ton of different styles out there to choose from. A naturally elongated diamond shape, like an oval or pear cut, will look gorgeous on your finger, as will an elongated radiant or an emerald cut. Just remember, if you have long fingers, you want your diamond to have a more elongated appearance to match.
What to Avoid: Anything too square-shaped. More square-shaped diamonds like a standard (not elongated) emerald or radiant cut aren’t always the most flattering on long, thin fingers. The shape can actually make your fingers look longer (and your ring can look disproportionate on your finger).
If your fingers are on the thicker side, going with a more delicate diamond shape or style can actually make them look wider. Instead, look for a stone that’s going to really make a statement and take up a lot of real estate on your finger—like an oval or pear-shaped diamond.
What to Avoid: Narrow diamonds. You want a stone that’s going to fill out the width of your finger. If you have your heart set on a narrower cut, you can add side stones to create width and add a sense of balance.
If you have small hands, you have a serious benefit when shopping for engagement rings; everything is going to look bigger on your small fingers.
On the flip side, going with a diamond shape or style that’s overly big or bold can have the opposite effect, looking too over-the-top on your tiny finger. If your hands are noticeably small, make sure to stick to a more delicate style that looks proportionate on your finger.
What to Avoid: Huge diamonds. As mentioned, any diamond you put on a small finger is going to look larger than it would on a bigger finger. So, oversized diamonds can look almost cartoonishly disproportionate on someone with extremely small hands.
These are some suggestions on which diamond cuts, shapes, and styles tend to work best with different finger types. Take these into consideration when figuring out how to choose a diamond shape for your engagement ring.
Remember, though, these are just suggestions. You’re the one who’s going to be wearing your ring every day, so ultimately, it’s up to you to get out there and find the diamond that feels perfect for you.