Finding the perfect engagement ring can be a tall task. Along with every woman comes a different hand. Some fingers are long, some are short, some are thin, some are wide. So what do you do when you’re attempting to find engagement rings for bigger fingers? Let’s look at some tips that will help you find the best options!
First Rule of Thumb (Or, Finger)
One of the first things you’ll want to do is use this “formula” to get an idea of what you’re seeking. In order to find the perfect match, you’ll factor in finger length and width in addition to ring shape and style.
What we are doing is taking the length and width of the finger, as well as the overall size of the hand. Then, we are comparing against a couple of key factors. These being the shape and size of the primary stone, and the width and style of the ring.
Tips & Tricks
When we’re deciding on a ring for a wider finger, we probably don’t want a ring that is going to make the finger look even larger, right? Rings that show a lot of skin on each side of the ring can create this effect, so that’s what we want to avoid.
On the plus side, wider fingers mean a little more room. Having more space means a bit more freedom to experiment with different styles. Avoid narrow stones, which will also create the effect of making wide fingers appear even wider
Take the opportunity to use having bigger hands or fingers to your advantage. Bulkier, chunkier styles look great on bigger fingers and larger hands.
The style of the band can go a long way in creating a slim, sleek look on bigger fingers. There are a couple of options that can help you to accomplish this feat
- Wider Bands
A thin band can make the finger look larger or like your finger is encapsulating the ring. First and foremost, you’re looking for proportion. The band should be wide enough to cover about 1/3 the length of the fingers first fold.
- Multiple Bands
Another option is to stack a couple of thinner bands which will wind up creating a thicker band. Stacking bands accomplishes a few things. First, it gives you some freedom to use different textures or different details on each of the bands. The important part, however, is that this strategy allows you to cover the proper amount of finger space.
A “Split Shank” for the bottom of the ring
Adjustable rings are worth looking into as well. The ends of an adjustable ring are open which allows you to pull it apart or push it together to create the right fit. One of the worst looks for an engagement ring on a larger finger is when the band is too tight. Having an adjustable style will allow you to get a fit that is both comfortable and attractive.
An Adjustable Shank with a clasp to close it shut
Now that you have an idea of which bands will create the best overall look, we can discuss which stones will best compliment these bands.
Oval and Marquise stones are good options because they can help to make the finger look longer and thinner. It’s a similar principle to wearing clothing with vertical stripes. The lines provide a slimming effect. The proportion will create a nice overall look
Darker gems can also be strong choices when you are looking at stones. To draw another comparison to clothing, wearing black tends to create a slimming effect. The same principle applies to stones on an engagement ring.
Another tip for stones is to choose more angular or asymmetrical styles. These types of shapes can make the finger appear thinner. Avoid narrow stones. Naturally, narrow stones are going to make the finger appear wider.
Summing It All Up
At first, you may feel inconvenienced or challenged in trying to find the perfect engagement ring when you have larger or wider fingers than the average person. However, following these guidelines will take the headache out of the process and make things simple. Enjoy exploring your options, get creative, and find a style that you love!
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Vanessa Nicole is an award-winning designer, master diamond setter and author of the bestselling book The Perfect Custom Engagement Ring. She creates stunning custom antique engagement rings for clients all over the globe.