How to Choose a Ring Style to Match your Hand Shape


Have you ever thought about the fact that there’s more to choosing a ring than just picking something pretty? Similarly, whilst it’s a good idea to think about your style – or the style of the recipient – there is more that you need to consider.

Hand shape is surprisingly important. You don’t want to choose something that will look out of place. Visiting a jeweller in Ilford will help you to make the correct choice of ring, but here are a few hand shape considerations to bear in mind:

Long Fingers

People with long fingers are lucky enough to be able to carry off some bold ring designs. If your fingers are long, you can easily wear wide bands, and don’t be afraid to go for some sparkle. Your fingers are long enough to carry off a dramatic design without it overpowering your hands.

If you’d like your fingers to appear shorter, opt for a ring which has a horizontal design to it. For example, choose an oval cut gemstone mounted horizontally along the band.

Wide Fingers

Rings that work well with wide fingers are those which have a width to the mount of the stones. For example, statement gemstones which take up room across the finger, or cluster style rings which are circular or square and have multiple small stones grouped together.

If you’re finding it difficult to find what you’re looking for on the shelf, remember that bespoke pieces are often available at many local jewellers. Ilford ring buyers can therefore have a bold design made which will fit across wide fingers nicely.

Dainty Hands

Dainty hands need dainty rings. Dainty designs include classic solitaire diamonds on a simple narrow band. If you want to add extra sparkle, choose small side stones set into the band. Your local jeweller in Ilford can also advise on the best cut to get the most sparkle from your diamond.

Short Fingers

Just as long fingers can carry off horizontal ring designs, short fingers look great with a vertical stone setting to elongate the fingers. Horizontal ring designs include emerald cut, marquis cut, oval and pear shaped stones set on a ‘north-south’ setting.

Remember that these cuts of stone aren’t quite as sparkly as square or round cuts, so you may wish to add extra stones set into the band of the ring if you need more shimmer in your life. 

If you’re unsure of what style of ring to go for, it’s a good idea to seek the advice of an experienced jeweller. In Ilford, EK Jewellers is well known for its friendly advice and helpful guidance, so why not pay a visit to our Hainault shop?

Posted on by Ian Tubby.