How To Choose The Best Diamond Shape And Setting For Your Hand

By A Ritani on April 29, 2020

If you are shopping for an engagement ring or diamond ring, you’ll want to choose one that flatters your hand - after all, you’ll be wearing it all the time! 

The ten most common diamond shapes include: 

Round-cut diamonds are the most popular diamond shape. They’re also a universally flattering shape, no matter what your hands look like. 

You should also choose a ring that suits your tastes as well as your lifestyle. 

Do you want a ring that’s subtle and doesn’t draw too much attention, or do you want a dramatic show-stopper?

Are you low-key? Do you use your hands regularly? You might opt for a solitaire setting that has fewer accent diamonds.

If you’re looking for an opulent, dramatic ring, you have plenty of options filled with bling like a halo, three-stone or vintage setting.

Halo settings pair nicely with any sized hand or finger. They are one of Ritani’s best-selling styles. 

Best Diamond Shapes & Settings For Smaller Hands or Short Fingers

oval engagement ring

Proportions are important when it comes to smaller hands. Luckily for your budget, petite hands or short-fingers typically look best with a smaller-sized diamond. 

Try these diamonds:

  • Pear-shaped diamonds, marquise-shaped diamonds, or oval-shaped diamonds. Oval-shaped diamonds are currently trending!
  • Pear, marquise, and oval-shaped diamonds are flattering on hands as they create the illusion of a longer, slender finger.
  • These diamonds have larger surface areas than other diamond shapes, so they look bigger than diamonds of the same carat weight. 

Try these setting styles: 

  • Thin bands will complement small hands. A band that is too wide can look awkward on a small hand. 


Best Diamond Shapes & Settings For Wider Fingers

radiant cut three stone engagement ring

Having wide fingers means you can easily pull off bolder, bigger rings - you’ve got more room for bling.

Try these diamonds: 

  • Fancy diamond shapes, like ovals, marquise-shaped diamonds, radiant-cuts, or emerald-cuts can create the illusion of a longer, slimmer hand. 

Try these setting styles: 

Medium to wide bands look better on wider fingers. While thin bands are trendy, they can make your hand look larger than it really is.


Best Diamond Shapes & Settings for Long Fingers or Skinny Hands

double diamond band engagement ring

Those with long, thin fingers are in luck - you have a lot of freedom when it comes to the shape and size of your center stone. Larger stones will appear more proportional to your hand. 

Try these diamonds: 

  • Any diamond shape will work nicely on thin fingers. 

Try these settings: 


Best Diamond Shapes & Settings for Square Fingers Or Hands 

marquise engagement ring

Square hands can easily be transformed through the right diamond shape and setting. 

Try these diamonds: 

  • Oval-cut diamonds, marquise-cut diamonds, or pear-cut diamonds create the illusion of a longer, slender finger. 
  • Avoid square-shaped diamonds, like princess-cut diamonds or Asscher cut diamonds. These diamonds can amplify the square shape of your fingers/hands. 

Try these settings: 

  • If you’re looking to add a feminine touch to your hands, try a classic sidestone engagement ring. 
  • Try a tapered band if you want to distract from your hand’s square shape. 
  • Avoid very wide bands. 


Best Diamond Shapes & Settings for Large Knuckles

diamond twist engagement ring

Try these diamonds: 

  • Use the above tips depending on the size and length of your hand. Again, round-cut diamonds are universally flattering.

Try these settings: 

  • Wide, ornate bands will distract from large knuckles. 
  • Note that it can be difficult to find the right ring size for a hand with large knuckles - you need to find a ring that will slide over your knuckle, but not be so big that it will slide up and down your finger. Adding sizing beads to your engagement ring can help with this issue. 


While shopping for an engagement ring, choose whichever one speaks to you. There are no strict rules as to which diamond shape or ring style you should buy - this guide is just here to give you recommendations if you have no idea where to start. 

Need help choosing the right ring? Get in touch with our Diamond Concierge team today!


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