Diamonds

Picking the Perfect Diamond Shape for Her Finger

Diamond Shape

When it comes to engagement ring preferences, most women are particular about one crucial element: the shape of her diamond.

There are ten basic cut shapes for diamonds: round, emerald, princess, cushion, asscher, heart, marquise, oval, radiant, and pear. The challenge lies in choosing the right one.

You may have heard a few tips from your bride-to-be’s girlfriends about her ring shape preferences, but in the end, the right decision is up to you. (No pressure or anything.)

If either of you are unsure about what shape to go with, however, we have the perfect solution! Choose the shape that best flatters her hand. Similar to picking clothes that look best for your body type, certain diamond cuts looks best on different hand sizes and shapes. So before you go hunting for that rock, take a look at your future fiancé’s hand. Take a really, really good look. Then keep this in mind:

For Short Hand Shapes

If she has square-shaped palms with short fingers, go for a smaller sized diamond. A shorter, tiny hand looks best with a smaller-sized gem because then everything appears to be delightfully proportioned.

Diamond Shape for Her Finger

Don’t worry; this doesn’t mean her diamond will be dinky. Smaller sized diamonds look bigger on short hand shapes than they do on long, wide, or thin hand shapes, so the diamond will look appropriately large on her hand. Don’t pick bulkier cuts for her little finger.

Keeping the carat size on the smaller side means you have more room in your budget to focus on the color and clarity of her diamond; the spellbinding sparkle of the rock that makes her friends go “ooh” and “ahh.”

Shapes to Wear:

Shapes to Avoid:

  • Large Round
  • Emerald
  • Heart

Diamond Shape for Her Finger

For Long Hand Shapes

A bride with rectangular palms and long fingers has many options, because long fingers accommodate many different diamond shapes. Round and princess diamonds tend to be the most popular choices, but if she is a little less traditional, an emerald could be the one.Diamond Shape for Her Finger

Long fingers also allow you to explore options that are off the beaten track, like an asymmetrical-set oval cut diamond.

Shapes to Wear:

  • Round
  • Emerald
  • Cushion
  • Princess
  • Oval
  • Asscher

Shapes to Avoid:

  • Marquise
  • Radiant
  • Pear

Diamond Shape for Her Finger

For Wide Hand Shapes

A woman with broad palms and wide fingers has more room for a heftier diamond. If she fits this hand type, it’s best to find the cut that allows for minimal skin to show on both sides of the rock because this will slenderize the finger. Don’t pick dainty shapes that will appear too frail for her strong hand.

Diamond Shape for Her Finger
A cluster of diamonds makes a wide finger look slim!

Ladies with wider fingers have more room to play with, which can be fun. She can pull off a larger carat size than the average engagement ring, a rock cluster, or something a little bolder.

Shapes to Wear:

  • Round diamond with cluster
  • Radiant
  • Marquise (Set on the horizontal!)
  • Princess
  • Oval
  • Pear

Shapes to Avoid:

  • Marquise (Traditional)
  • Emerald

Diamond Shape for Her Finger

For Thin Hand Shapes  

Trying to determine which rings flatter a woman with oval palms and narrow fingers is like trying to see which clothes looks good on Gisele Bundchen, pretty much everything works! Because of this, focus your choice of shape based on her sense of style and fashion preferences. Is she classic? Go for a round or princess cut? Is she edgy? Try the emerald cut.Diamond Shape for Her Finger

Also note that many people make the mistake of buying too many carats for a slender finger. You don’t want to give her premature arthritis, so think about proportion.

Shapes to Wear:

  • Round
  • Emerald
  • Cushion
  • Princess
  • Oval
  • Pear

Shapes to Avoid:

  • Radiant
  • Heart

Ultimately, the diamond most flattering for her finger will be the diamond that is given with love. When you put your heart and soul into picking the perfect diamond shape, she’ll know, and be proud to show off the diamond you picked just for her.