Short Fingers — Engagement ring style advice

Get the ring style right to accentuate the beauty of the hand

As per my previous blog on hand and finger shapes, we continue looking at engagement ring style advice, this time for short fingers and hands.

Fingers are a little on the short side in comparison to palm.  Palms have a soft square appearance.  Sometimes hands can look a little plump or fleshy. This has nothing to do with lifestyle!

Enhance short fingers

Short fingers suit jewellery and settings that create a sense of elongation.  So the ideal engagement ring style is going to create a lengthening effect on the finger.

Engagement ring tips

Choose stones that are set length-ways along the finger but are of small or medium size. Also consider outline features that are softer and therefore less graphic.  

Don’t overpower short fleshy fingers with too much metal, it will exaggerate their width.  The best band width for an engagement ring is about ¼ of the phalynx length. Split shoulder rings are good on these hands, creating a feeling of space.  Be very mindful of fit, as if the ring digs into the skin it is going to make them look plumper than they are. Like with square fingers, rings that play with space on the hand, can work really well - so consider rings where the band is not straight too.

When matching wedding rings consider bands, which don’t cover the whole lower half of the finger.

Good stone shapes

Emerald or narrow oval (set lengthwise), Pear or Marquise shaped stones are good for short fingers.  They shouldn’t be too wide as this can make the finger look a little stubby.

Three stone rings work well where the centre stone is bigger than the outer two.

From left to right: Narrow Oval, Emerald, Pear, Marquise

Short fingers—engagement ring shape suggestions

Here is my engagement ring style advice with some shapes for consideration that will look good on short fingers.  There is still an endless list of options out there, so keep more of the principles in mind, rather than getting bogged down on the ring styles.  We approach each client commission based on what we’ve been told about wearer tastes and styles, no two rings are exactly the same.  However I haven’t had a client make a bad choice yet!

Marquise Diamond Engagement Ring with split shoulders

A marquise diamond is great on several levels; it’s unusual, it is slimming on short hands and cost wise, you get more for your buck.  The split shoulders create more space, and the band is just the right width to feel balanced, rather than too wide or too thin.

Three Stone Emerald Diamond Engagement Ring

A long emerald shape centre stone flanked by two tapered baguettes draws the eye along the finger. It is a soft look because of the emerald corners, and the tapered side stones slim the band.  Elegant and unobtrusive this engagement ring will look up to date whatever era it occupies.

Two stone pear and round Engagement Ring

When you are trying to create length, sometimes one stone is not enough.  This clever design takes a small pear shape, and a round diamond and lines them up to draw the eye.  The shank is also narrower on top than underneath, keeping a slim feel while retaining proportion on the hand. This is a more modern and sleek look.

Marquise and round halo engagement ring

Three stone rings work well on shorter hands when there is a significant size difference between the centre and side stones.  Here, the look is still lengthening, while offering a lot of sparkle.  Don’t be afraid to experiment with centre stone colour, this would look great with any variety of stones.

Pear shape engagement ring

Pear shape stones are also incorrectly known as pear cut diamonds.  Soft and round at one end, tapering to a point at the other these are good stones worn lengthwise on short hands.  Long pear shapes are best if a larger stone, try to avoid going too wide.  The diamond shoulders here are a tad thin for a shorter finger, I’d recommend slightly larger to maintain presence.

Art Deco split shoulder engagement ring

Round stones can accentuate the roundness of short fingers.  Here however, the stone is set in an octagonal halo, which gives it more presence, and with the split shoulders on the ring, creates a feeling of more space on the hand. This look works because of the diffused effect of the shoulders. Another option to consider would be Anjuli (here in our gallery) with her curved setting, and also Ella (here) where the setting maximises stone size, and the shank is shaped too.

More hand shape ring information

Visit the other hand shape blogs to get more detail on looks and styles that will work best with each shape.

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