(Closed) What cut of diamond looks best on what shape/size of hand?

posted 9 years ago in Waiting
Post # 4
3683 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’m a size 6, and have pretty short fingers.  The round looks quite nice, though admittedly I never tried on a princess.  Rounds look good on everybody, plus they’re the most brilliant.  For a more elongating effect, ovals, marquise, pears, emeralds, and rectangular radiants are good choices.  

Post # 5
384 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I wear a size 4 – 4.5 and have “piano fingers.” I find the round cut to be most aesthetically pleasing for me, and that is what I’ve chosen for my ring. I feel like Princess and cushion cut stones are more suited to people with bigger fingers, and I find that they tend to hide the fact that someone’s fingers may be short as well, from what I have seen on people. 


Post # 6
39 posts

I am so glad SO & I have gone looking. I would definitely suggest going so you can try some on in person if you havent. I personally really like the classic round solitaire. My fingers are 5.5 and kind of slim looking. In my experience though the round diamonds were a bit more expensive than the princess cut diamonds of the same carat size. I really princess cut too, my promise ring is princess cut, but there’s something about the round diamonds that just catches my eye! 

Post # 7
147 posts
Blushing bee

I’m not a lover of round diamonds. Not that I’d refuse if someone offered me one! I just prefer the look of a cushion or emerald shape. I probably wouldn’t choose a princess as I always think they look really small compared to other shapes. Smaller diamonds often get swallowed up by a wide finger so I’d suggest going for a shape which appears larger and sparkles more.

Post # 8
12326 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I dont think a princess vs round would look more porportional on a hand than the other.  The shape of stone is totally personal preference… the size of it will determine how it looks.  I have a round, but I just like the shape more, I couldnt stand how a non  round stone always looked crooked on my finger cause my rings never sit straight.

Post # 9
2503 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have shorter/stubbier (but not chubby) fingers and I went with a cushion. I originally wanted a classic six-prong round cut Tiffany ring, but when I actually tried them on (regardless of size), I didn’t like the look of it. I felt like the round made my fingers look stubbier. My second contender would’ve been a princess cut (but I don’t like the way the princess is set bc of the need to protect the corners). Another option I considered was a cluster ring with a floral theme made up of rounds and pears; however this is not traditional.

Post # 10
1673 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I do know that I made it clear to SO when we shopped for rings that the round was my choice – esp after the sales girl said how they shine the brightest and also look the biggest for the buck!  He knows I’m a princess so he listened I’m sure!

Post # 11
564 posts
Busy bee

@Toeternityandbeyond:  I have small dainty hands (i think) but I love the princess cut diamonds, I’ve always liked angular shapes. I’d like a 0.5 ct in weight. Preferably a solitaire

Post # 12
3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’m not keen on stones with multiple axes of symmetry. Basically I like elongated stones – ovals, elongated cushion, emerald, radiant, marquise. I think they’re much more flattering on short stubby hands like mine!

Post # 13
1384 posts
Bumble bee

I’ve been wondering this myself. My besty wants to take me shopping and try on rings to find out what looks best on my hands. (She’s really excited for the day my SO pops the question. I swear she’s waiting as much as I am for it! I’m trying really hard to take this for face value and not think that maybe SO asked her to take me shopping….) 

I have knobby knuckles, so I’ll let you all know what I find out!

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