Buying a diamond or gemstone ring should be a delightful experience but it
should also be an informed decision. It's a process of making choices: the right
choices. Just as you decide on a dress or a suit according to your personal
style, your figure and where it fits into your wardrobe, when you shop online
for a ring, you should be thinking about your hand shape and your personal sense
of style. Part of that sense of style centers around the way you plan to wear
the ring. All of these ingredients add up to a finding the right ring for
Even before you look at ring styles, take a minute to think about the shape of
your hand and your fingers. Is your hand long or wide? Are your fingers rounded
or thin? Do your fingers taper or are they even in width? These elements will
affect the way a ring looks on your hand. You already know that that red dress
with the broad stripes doesn't do nearly as much for your figure as the
slenderizing black sheath with the flattering neckline.
Let's consider your hand shape. The basic rule couldn't be simpler: width adds
width, length adds length. So, if you want to diminish the width of your hand,
look at rings with an elongated design. Look for marquise or oval cut solitaires
that pull the eye along the length of the finger. A pear shape could work too,
if it's quite a slender pear, with a narrow rounded top, tapering to a point.
Remember, not all pears are the same! There are plump pear shapes and skinny
ones, as well as those that conform to the ideal proportions for this shape. But
ideal for a gemstone is not necessarily ideal for you. When you're buying a
diamond or gemstone to wear, rather than as an investment, a stone that doesn't
fit the ideal proportions may be just perfect for your hand, whether it is too
wide or too narrow to meet that ideal. An emerald or rectangular cut may also be
a good choice, provided the stone has slender proportions.
Rings have three dimensions, however, so consider the height of the style as
well as its width and length. A layered setting, involving tiers of stones can
be effective if the setting is asymmetrical. The eye will follow the flow of the
design and register length.
For the slender finger, look for the plump pear shape, or an oval or marquise
stone set across the width of the finger. You will also find the brilliant or
round diamond to be a good choice, especially if it is in a setting with an
interesting shank that draws the eye across the finger. The slender finger is a
good showcase for a setting with height, one that places the stone somewhat
above the finger and draws the eye away from the finger itself.
The overall size of your hand should be taken into consideration as well as the shape of
your hand and fingers. Choose a design that is in proportion to your hand. A
woman with a big hand can carry off a big, multi-level ring far better than a
woman with a small hand.
When you're shopping for a ring set with more than one stone, the setting
becomes the principal factor in determining the overall shape. Here, the choice
is as varied as there are designers. There are cluster rings with the stones
arranged like a flower; there are open-work lattice rings in which diamonds flow
along the lines of the setting; there are ballerina rings in which baguettes are
set in an undulating curve that emulates the tutu skirt of a dancer. For a
detailed look at the techniques used to set gems and diamonds, consult
By Ettagale Blauer