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When it comes to trying on wedding rings, you’ll find that every shape and style looks as good on your finger as it does on the display case.
But don’t worry. There is a ring shape and style to flatter every finger and every hand. Here is our guide to choosing shaped wedding rings.
The Wedding Band Equation
If you want to find the perfect match, consider this: finger width x finger length + wedding band style + ring shape = perfection. Before you start, visit Serendipity Diamond’s shaped wedding rings for more ideas.
When it comes to looking at different rings, start by considering the width and length of your finger. Also factor in the overall size of your hand. Take these factors into consideration, along with:
- The style and width of the ring you like
- The size and shape of the main stone
Another consideration is your usual nail shape and length. Do you keep your nails trimmed short, or do you prefer them shaped and long? Longer nails usually lengthen the appearance of your fingers- becoming part of the equation.
The Different Lengths
Most styles tend to work well on rings for thin, long fingers. But consider these points when choosing a ring:
- Round and princess-cut stones are particularly flattering
- Wider bands will complement length
- Long fingers can pull off bold styles
When choosing a ring for slender fingers, you don’t want to overpower the fingers:
- Thicker bands will widen the look of your fingers
- Smaller stones can make thing fingers look wider
Rings for short fingers should make fingers look longer, no matter what width:
- Narrow, slender-width bands can create the illusion of length
- Pear, oval and marquise stones will lengthen the appearance of fingers
- Rectangular-shaped stones lengthen short fingers- provided they aren’t so big that they overwhelm
When it comes to choosing rings for wide fingers, try to find a style that doesn’t show off too much skin on each side of the ring, or make fingers look wider. Consider the following styles:
- Medium to thick bands
- Round stones and cluster styles that are set in larger settings tend to flatter wider fingers
- Choose marquise, wide oval, emerald or rectangular shapes. The narrow stones will make wider fingers look even wider.
- Asymmetrical designs and angular shapes will minimize the width of fingers
If you’re not particularly fond of your knuckles, the right ring can work to draw attention away from them:
- Consider heavier, thicker bands which draw attention to the ring instead of the centre of your finger.
When choosing your wedding band, keep the bigger picture in mind – it’s not just about your finger, but you also need to consider your hand.
If you have smaller hands, try to keep the overall proportion of the ring small. Princess-cut, small round, heart-shaped and oval stones tend to work especially well.
- Larger hands can get away with chunky, bulky styles of bands
- Larger rings should suit your personality – there’s a lot more room to get creative
The Three Main Shapes of Wedding Rings
Wedding rings come in three main shaped:
- Court shaped
- D shaped
Take the above tips into consideration, and you will easily find the perfect pair of wedding bands.