A small hand with slender fingers has long been a symbol of beauty and refinement. However, times change and today all kinds of hands are considered cute and cool, and it is a fair celebration of beauty in all its forms. Yet, girls routinely look at their hands and wish that fingers were longer and hands smaller, because presumably, any kind of ring on such hands instantly looks expensive and glamorous.
Being experienced jewelers who have created multiple custom pieces and helped many people select tasteful and meaningful jewels, we can share a secret: there is no universal hand shape to accommodate all ring styles, and a small hand has its styling limitations and advantages. In this article, we will look closely at factors that impact engagement ring selection and will focus on particular designs to consider – and not to consider – for a petite hand.
Choosing An Engagement Ring For Small Hands: Fine-Tune The Search And Consider The Key Aspects
Definitely, you are tempted to open a catalog or a website immediately and start browsing the options till your eye is caught by a particularly cool or inventive design. Just pause for a moment, though. Look at your hand (or the hand of your loved one) and consider a couple of points first. Equipped with the answers and our tips derived from ample experience, you’ll approach the ring selection more confidently and smartly and won’t waste time on designs that don’t fully highlight the beauty of the hand.
Point one. Hand and finger size.
If you are reading this article, then you already know that you need an engagement ring for small hands. Yet a small hand can have different sizes of fingers, to begin with. Long fingers and shorter fingers will dictate engagement ring designs that are not the same (although equally suitable for smaller hands).
Point two. Skin tone and metal color.
By skin tone, we mean not the skin color, but the undertone that defines whether the skin looks warm or cool. White, bronze, olive, tan, ebony, or any other skin color all have this small distinction, and you should pay attention to it.
For a cool skin tone, veins visible under the thinnest layer of skin on wrists or in elbow pits will look blue or purplish. For a warm skin tone, the visible veins will look greenish.
Now the jeweler’s approach:
- cool skin tone is perfectly matched by white gold, platinum, and rose gold.
- warm skin tone is a great backdrop for yellow gold rings and rose gold rings.
Surely, you can choose whatever your heart desires, but if you consider this aspect, the ring on the hand will look so natural as if it was exclusively designed and created for it.
Point three. Personal style and preferences.
As you see, there is no single best style engagement ring for small hands to hand out as a hard reference. At the next stage of selection, you need to consider what jewelry style prevails in the jewelry box and what overall style of outfits the ring recipient prefers. Chicer and more glamorous clothing choice requires an equally elaborate ring, while minimalist or sporty style will benefit from the similarly laid-back and understated ring. Active pastimes and hobbies also dictate opting for a smoother and solid ring with securely set stones that will stand the test of gardening or biking.
Point four. Potential budget.
Not the point we usually want to consider while choosing the ring for this very special occasion, but nevertheless. Set the healthy price brackets with regard to all other expenses you will have to cover and search for appropriate rings within them. We can guarantee that you will find the ring of your dreams without draining your bank account, especially if you browse smaller artisanal jewelry shops that do not charge for the brand name alone.
Trusted Engagement Ring Styles To Highlight The Beauty of Small Hands
Now, with the essential info at hand, you are ready to focus on specific designs to look for. Matched together, these tips and your sincere devotion to the matter will inevitably lead you to that perfect ring that will proudly sit on the small delicate hand of your sweetheart.
Solitaire rings. This is our top recommendation in many cases because it is timeless and extremely versatile. One prominent stone on a simple (or not-so-simple) band can be designed and executed in a multitude of styles and shapes suitable for all finger types. Solitaire is not necessarily a diamond: emeralds, aquamarines, amethysts, zirconia, or opals all make impressive central stones.
The stone can have a variety of cuts, elongated and placed vertically for shorter fingers or more rounded and balanced for long fingers. Just remember to keep the stone size moderate for a petite hand, otherwise, it will overburden the look and make it seem heavier (and ridiculous, in extreme cases).
Halo rings. They come next to a solitaire ring due to their equal versatility and elegance. A halo of small stones around a central one adds the glitz and sparkle exponentially, and you don’t have to decide exactly what size diamond for small hands is OK (because even a modest stone in a halo will be impressive). In addition to visually enlarging the central stone, halo stones can play on contrast and provide a transparent glitzy surrounding to a darker stone or add a subtle splash of color to a larger colorless diamond.
A combination of two colors makes a ring interesting enough, but a halo ring style can also help to reshape fingers slightly. Oval or other vertically oriented shapes can elongate the shorter fingers, and round haloes can substantiate a very slim hand and fingers, giving them a bit more power and solidity, if desired.
Petite rings. Logically, petite hands require petite understated rings. A petite ring does not mean an unnoticeable or cheap-looking ring. What such a ring may lack in the department of the sheer size it makes up in the department of style and design. Slim bands allow for inventive play with small stone clusters and constellations, or for new shapes and takes on bands themselves that otherwise would look bulky and overpowering.
Petite slim rings with tiny sparkles of stones are an optimal engagement ring size for small hands and slim fingers and they are the foundation of jewelry stacking, remember that. The exact inner ring diameter can differ, from 4 to 5 to 6 (in the US sizing), but the general outlines and shape just have to be delicate.
Cluster rings. Unlike halo rings, cluster rings feature a combination of several stones of similar size, or clusters, as you can guess. Clusters can be formed around a central stone into a flower-like shape, or stretch along or across a finger, depending on the design. The advantage of such rings is that small stones go in balance with a small hand and yet provide a good amount of sparkle to make the ring pop.
Once again, everything that runs along the finger adds to its length visually, and everything that runs across shortens it. If you need to give some weight to very thin fingers, a horizontally placed cluster is just great. A central symmetrically organized cluster on a slim band is fine for all finger types.
Thin bands. That’s just a reminder. Thin fingers, slim hands, and thin bands make a perfect match. A thin band also allows for some creative tweaking – splitting the band in two, twisting it, crossing its parts, and adding fine details to it. What would get lost on a wider band will look cool on a slim one, be it a row of small stones or delicate open metalwork.
Oval, pear, and marquise-shaped diamonds. When it comes to stones, choose the shapes that give more substance to the finger without shortening or overburdening it. Oval and pear shapes look bigger than round or square ones but at the same time lead the gaze along the finger. These stone cuts make the best engagement ring shapes for small hands. Marquise cut is one more advantageous cut, symmetrical, tapered, and refined. Any stone, be it a diamond or not, usually wins in beauty when given this shape.
Other gemstone options. The huge plus of modern fashion is that an engagement ring can take any shape and feature any stone imaginable. Diamond has lost its role as the only option. Currently, engagement rings with colored gems are highly trending and will retain their place securely. Emeralds, citrines, rubies, sapphires, opals, sunstones, and moonstones all look chic in a cool setting on a ring finger. Stones with meaning are also on the list of many brides-to-be. Birthstones, lucky stones, and protective or healing stones can all go into a ring and look spectacular. Pink and rutilated quartz, moss agate, amethyst - you can choose freely and get the ring exactly with the stone you want.
Engagement Ring Styles That Are No Match For Small Hands, Ever
Surely, small hands provide a lot of freedom in ring styling and design, but even for this advantageous hand shape, there are rings to be avoided.
Large, chunky rings. Obviously, large rings will not pair well with small hands. They usually sit on slim fingers like extraneous elements, not adding anything interesting to the jewelry set or to the whole outfit. To shorter fingers on a small hand, big rings do a disservice by shortening them even more. Large rings with big colored stones gain a carnival-like appearance on a small hand. Not the effect you want to achieve while selecting a perfect engagement ring.
Wide bands. Wide bands also do nothing for a small hand and steal the lightness of a hand and the length of fingers instead. Wider bands may seem contemporary and cool, but it applies to very few varieties of them. Mostly, wide bands look heavy, and only an owner of a bigger hand with well-defined fingers is able to pull them off.
Thick settings. The same thing here. Thick and massive settings stand out way too much on a slim finger and literally scream ‘here I am.’ They don’t blend well into the overall hand silhouette but break it into separate parts instead. Thick settings require equally massive hands to even them out. And we don’t even mention big stones in thick settings, this design is not meant for a small hand, no way. Truly beautiful engagement rings for small hands do not belong to this department.
Square or rectangular-shaped diamonds. Square and rectangular stones make everything around look also square or rectangular (when rectangular shapes are placed horizontally). For a small hand, they create precisely this effect of making it look chubbier and fingers look shorter. This impact is not as noticeable on a larger hand (although also visible), but for a small hand that is easily overshadowed, a square-cut diamond is totally not recommended.
Yes, the journey to finding a perfect engagement ring can be overwhelming sometimes, but it is worth it. Give yourself enough time to think the process through, and then browse plenty of suitable options to find that special one. A small hand of your loved one is open to a lot of jewelry opportunities, from all kinds of slim rings, oval and pear-shaped stones, and cluster rings to various colored gems. Remember the aspects we mentioned, match them to the ring and voila, you’ve found it. Just in case, we remind you to steer clear of thick bands and settings and of big rings that will literally bury a small hand under their weight.
Use our tips and choose the ring wisely, or if nothing catches your eye, order a custom ring from our expert jewelers. They will create an outstanding piece that will highlight the delicacy and beauty of her hand and show her your true love.