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Engagement rings for petite hands

on June 08, 2023

Those with small hands understand how frustrating it can be to choose the perfect ring. This is because sometimes certain engagement rings, while beautiful, don't look perfect. In cases like these, choosing the ideal ring goes beyond the quality of the metal and the center gemstone.

Knowing how to choose a flattering design, setting and cut not only allows you to stylize the visual aspect of your hands, but also to get the most out of the ring.
Today we have compiled for you the best style engagement rings for small hands.


Engagement rings for small hands: What defines the size?

To encourage the design to fit better on your hands, it is important to consider that some people have shorter fingers and larger palms, others have longer, thinner fingers or knuckles that are larger than the base of the finger. All of this counts.

Focus on the particular characteristics of your hands to see if the main focus is on hand length, finger thickness or in a more generalized sense.


Some basic rules

Women with small hands tend to feel more comfortable with smaller engagement rings that don't overload their fingers. In case you have short and wide fingers the ideal is to locate a good ring size that doesn't seem to squeeze too tightly.

Small hands look delicate and feminine with ease, which brings out the delicacy of more modest and classic rings, such as solitaires.


Best engagement rings for small hands

The best engagement rings for small hands usually have thin and slender metal bands as they still look stunning and do not overload the fingers in any way. In other words, they maintain a good aesthetic proportion.

Another advantage of this type of design is that it makes the fingers look slimmer and elongated. The thick bands make the fingers look wider.


Size of the center stone

The center gemstone of an engagement ring can perfectly target lower carat scales.

Very large center stones can come to look disproportionate on very small hands while more modest gems, on the other hand, stand out magnificently and help with the budget - double win.

This additionally enables you to go for gems with exceptional cuts that, when worn in subtle settings, will look truly dazzling without the need to go up in size.


Best engagement ring shape for small hands

The cut has a lot to do with the shape of the hands. Round cuts, on the other hand, tend to match very well with all types of hands as long as a suitable setting is chosen, at this point, it will depend on the design.

For small hands it is very common to recommend elongated cuts (with more length than width) which, for the most part, have a stretching effect on the fingers when oriented vertically.


Which cuts are most recommended?

- Oval
- Marquise
- Pear
- Emerald


Recommendations for small hands: Short fingers

For shorter fingers the general recommendation is to avoid square shaped cuts such as cushion and princess, as well as thicker metal bands.

An elegant solution to make fingers appear longer is to choose elongated cuts in a vertical orientation, in a light solitary setting or with some complementary details, as explained in the previous sections.


Recommendations for small hands: Long fingers

Women with small hands and long fingers are more likely to try different types and shapes in their ring designs. Round and princess cuts can work very well, as can emerald.

Longer fingers give plenty of room for stackable designs with several thin bands or just a wider ring with custom designs.


Recommendations for small hands: Wide fingers

For wider fingers the main focus will be on the metal band, which should revolve around a slim, conservative design if it fits the wearer's personal tastes. You will find that these types of designs tend to simulate thinner fingers.


Recommendations for small hands: Very slender fingers

Very slender fingers with large knuckles find their balance with wider and thinner metal bands, these will give the finger a more robust aesthetic, which should also be balanced with the central gemstone. Trying horizontal angles and or square stones might work.


Ideal diamond engagement rings for small hands

This beautiful 18K white gold ring with pavé and 1 carat center diamond works as a perfect example, whose thin band is meant to highlight the delicate beauty of small hands and make them more elegant.



Más allá de cualquier consejo, el anillo de compromiso ideal para alguien con manos pequeñas es aquel que coincide profundamente con sus gustos y estilos particulares.

Por más que la proporción dicte que una gema pequeña es mejor, nadie más que usted puede poner limites reales en cuanto a eso, sin dudas probar distintos tipos de diseños pensando en ello le ayudara a escoger el que se adapte a sus aspiraciones y necesidades.


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