Selecting (or hinting at!) your dream engagement ring style is certainly easier said than done. With a slew of different cuts and so much inspiration out there (hello, newly engaged fashion girls), it can be tough deciphering which style will suit you and look best on your finger. Because no matter how much your heart is set on a certain ring style, if it’s not flattering on your hand, you may end up regretting your choice if your ring makes your fingers look shorter or knuckles look larger.
To help you pinpoint the perfect engagement ring style for you and avoid simply relying on trial and error when ring shopping, we tapped celeb-favorite jewelry designer Neil Lane to spill on the best ring styles for every finger and hand shape. His expert advice could lead you to your dream ring.
Keep scrolling to find the ideal engagement ring style for you, and shop our picks for each.
“Finding the perfect ring for slender fingers is all about choosing a style that won’t overpower them. I always suggest going for a smaller stone with a thicker band to help widen the look of the finger. Round, cushion, and oval diamonds are especially flattering.” — Neil Lane
With a unique band.
These stones make a statement.
With a complimentary thick band.
“It’s easy to create a more slender look to your hand with the right ring. I’d recommend avoiding narrow stones and instead choosing a medium to thick band with a wide rectangular- or emerald-shaped diamond.” — Neil Lane
Classic and timeless.
Opt for an emerald-cut ring.
Choose a medium band.
“For women interested in elongating the appearance of their fingers, a slender, narrow-width band—with stones such as oval, pear, or marquise—will complement their hands by adding an illusion of length.” — Neil Lane
You can’t go wrong with a pear-shaped diamond.
This ring complements short fingers.
This style feels earthy and cool.
“Thicker, heavier bands are excellent at drawing attention to the ring instead of any perceived undesirable features. Choosing a more prominent or ornate setting paired with a princess- or cushion-cut stone will help to bring the eyes back to what’s most important—the ring!” — Neil Lane
A thick band perfectly complements large knuckles.
We love this original band encrusted with diamonds.
This is sure to catch the light.
“Get creative! Women with larger hands have the opportunity to go big and bold with their styles. Adding a few bands to the engagement ring can help take the look to the next level.” — Neil Lane
Get creative with nontraditional styles.
“Selecting an appropriate setting to keep the overall proportion of the ring more delicate will help to flatter the hand and really put an emphasis on the diamond’s sparkle and shine. I feel that petite hands look their best with small round- or heart-shaped stones.” — Neil Lane
For the girl who loves gold.
This is sure to sparkle.
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This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated. Up next, a side-by-side comparison of engagement ring styles.