Let’s talk about rings BABY! They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend but with today’s current, modern society there are just so many shapes, cuts, sizes and colors to choose from. You can often get drowned with choices and believe me, choosing the right ring for your finger is a lot like choosing the right swimsuit for your figure. You’ll quickly find that not every style looks as good on your finger as it does in the display case- so which one is the right one for you?
Today and in Part 1 – let’s talk about shape. Shape is one of the first priorities when choosing an engagement ring. Some popular diamond shapes include round, oval, princess-cut, emerald-cut, marquise-cut, pear-shaped and heart -shaped diamonds. As you may already know, round diamonds are the most popular choice – this is due to their incredible brilliance, light performance and also the fact that they offer the maximum sparkle. Round brilliant diamonds make up three quarters of all diamonds purchased. Based on the laws of supply and demand, you can currently save up to 40 percent by selecting a non-round diamond.
Now, let’s talk about the other fancy shapes outside of good old round. Princess diamonds are second in popularity. They offer the same brilliance to that of a round brilliant diamond but at a lower price. Cushion diamonds have a vintage feel. Emerald diamonds are step-cut and although they emit less sparkle they convey a sleek, elegant appearance nevertheless. Marquise, oval, and pear-shaped diamonds are more distinctive shapes, and help fingers look long and slender due to their elongated appearance. It’s good to note that marquise or pear-shaped diamonds may appear to be larger than they are due to there being more of the stone shown from the top view. Heart-shaped diamonds are special for those die-hard romantics who want to express their sentiment.
Are you still unsure about the perfect shape for you? Well apparently there’s also a study on the perfect shape diamond based on your finger and hand size/shape. Long/slender/short/wide – the below guide caters for every size and shape and what diamond shape will suit best for each type of finger.
If you got long fingers then you are in deep luck because most styles work nicely on engagement rings for long, thin fingers. Out of all the shapes the classic round and princess-cut stones are especially flattering. Wider bands also tend to complement with the length of the long fingers. You may also choose a bold/extravagant style if you wish.
If you got slender fingers you want to make sure you don’t overpower them. Sad to say but smaller stones can help make thin fingers appear wider (it’s also a plus for your man because smaller stones equals a happy wallet). It’s also important to know that thicker bands work well to widen the look of your finger. It’s important for women with slender fingers to choose a smaller engagement ring because the small diamonds on the ring combined with a wider band will help proportionate it.
An engagement ring for short fingers should help elongate your fingers – no matter their width. The best shapes for short fingers are the ovals, pears and marquises. These stones will help lengthen the appearance of your fingers. Take note to avoid any overly big stones as they can overwhelm the fingers. I would also suggest to lean towards a narrow-width band to further enhance the illusion of length.
The trick to choosing an engagement ring for wide fingers is to find a style that doesn’t show too much skin on either side of the ring, or fingers may look even wider. Perhaps you should consider a wide oval, marquise, rectangular or emerald shape — narrow stones will make wide fingers look even wider. Thick bands will also help.
Thicker, heavier bands will draw the attention to the ring instead of your knuckle area.
When choosing your ring, keep in mind the larger context — it’s not just about your finger, but also your hand.
With small hands, it’s best to keep the overall proportion of your ring small. A fine ring set with a small diamond (brilliant, princess cut, oval or heart shaped) is perfect for someone with small hands.
With larger hands, you can easily get away with bulky, extravagant styles.
So what shape suits you? Would love to hear about your dream diamond shape or if you already have one then which one did you choose ? Comment below your ring/dream ring!