Big Hands Deserve Big Diamonds – Engagement Rings for Large Hands

Big girls need big diamonds (Elizabeth Taylor)

Question : I have big / chubby / fat fingers. What are the best engagement rings for larger hands?

A client recently came to see us. She was in need of help. After trying on countless engagement rings, she found that not a single ring suited the size and shape of her hand. As a result, she was now desperate to find an engagement ring to suit.

Some ring styles suit a hand and finger size better than others. Also, the size of your diamond affects the overall look of the ring. For example, a 4mm 0.25cts diamond appears proportionally smaller on a large hand.

We created a dedicated section for engagement ring styles that are suitable for larger hands. Within this part of our shop, we have style suggestions for diamond rings suitable for large hand or finger sizes.

Berlin 1 carat diamond engagement ring suitable for larger hands

The Berlin ring design, shown with a 1 carat diamond. Berlin features a substantial band, perfect for a large diamond or gemstone. 

Big hands deserve big diamonds

It’s not rocket science to appreciate a large diamond suits a large hand. Unfortunately, a large diamond falls outside many people’s price range. For this reason, we decided to make some suggestions for anyone looking for big single diamond engagement ring.

1. Choose a large gemstone instead of a diamond

Consider a large gemstone instead of a diamond. It is possible to create a large gemstone engagement ring for a fraction of the cost of a diamond ring. For example, a 1 carat sized Aquamarine will create the same striking show for a fraction of the cost of a 1 carat diamond ring.

What is the smallest diamond suitable for big hands?

The smallest diamond sizes we recommend are 0.60 – 0.70cts. Measuring 5.5 – 5.6mm in diameter, the diamond will not be lost. At the same time, it will not look too large either.

One carat diamonds or larger work very well, but your budget may not allow the luxury of a one carat single stone ring. If you’re fortunate to be looking for large diamonds, the sheer size of a 2 carat diamond will look significant on the largest of hands.

2 carat emerald cut and 2 carat princess cut photographed alongside each other

Showing the impressive size of a 2 carat princess cut diamond, held alongside an emerald cut diamond. 

2. Get the look of a big solitaire engagement ring with an illusion cluster engagement ring

If the one carat single stone ring is out of the question, consider spreading the carat weight across many diamonds. We create many solitaire effect engagement rings. They provide the appearance of a single diamond. Up-close, the cluster arrangement of diamonds can be seen. In addition to increased size, there is a reduced cost. A carat of smaller diamonds costs far less than a carat within one diamond.

Illusion of a halo ring by the Starla cluster design

The Starla engagement ring design gives the effect of a much larger diamond.

Daisy 7 stone diamond cluster engagement ring

The ‘Daisy’ engagement ring looks incredible with a cluster of diamonds shown here with a total carat weight of 1.25cts. 

3. Choose a large replica diamond

Diamonds are by far the most durable gemstone. However, it is possible to commission a large 2 or 3 carat engagement ring close to the cost of just the engagement ring setting. The effect can be seen below. In addition to natural diamonds, we work with 100% realistic Swarovski Zirconia to create the effect of an enormous ring in any precious metal.

cost of remaking a ring

Platinum engagement ring set with 3 carat equivalent Swarovski Zirconia. 

On a cautionary note, we would warn anyone considering this option about durability. Over time, a Swarovski Crystal will wear. As a result, it may need replacing, but at a fraction of the cost of diamond, this could be a solution for some.

4. Increase size by choosing a Halo Engagement Ring

Halo engagement rings feature a ring of diamonds around the main stone. The centre diamond sits within an inner ring of outer diamonds. As a result, there is a sizeable appearance to most halo engagement rings. Choose double shoulders for greater breadth. Enhance size further by choosing an alternative central gemstone. Furthermore, this adds contrast against white diamonds.

Pale blue sapphire and diamond vintage engagement ring Gatsby

Wider shoulders work well – double shoulders reverse tapered with a larger gemstone for a substantial effect. 

Fire Opal Halo Engagement Ring in 18ct Yellow Gold

We created this bespoke diamond engagement ring with a Fire Opal, surrounded by a halo of small brilliant cut diamonds. 

5. Consider wide band engagement rings

Wider shoulders work better with large fingers. Wide engagement rings are not easy to find, but we have a few very nice suggestions. If you don’t like the look of wide shoulders, consider split shoulders. Some designs fork. They provide a wider design across a double shoulder.

Flow, works wonderfully well on larger hands. Set with 0.60cts of diamonds, the ring appears broad without looking too ‘chunky’.

View flow on our website shown with a specially made shaped wedding ring

Flow 2 stone diamond engagement ring shown in ethical Fairtrade Gold

Wide ornate diamond shoulder engagement ring

6. Choose a simple setting with forked shoulders

There are so many simple settings available. Furthermore, many feature split shoulders to give a broader look. Choose a gemstone and ramp up the size. Perfect for a bigger finger. We provide most types of gemstone, from popular to rare. The example below features a rare colour-changing Purple Spinel. This one-of-a-kind gemstone we sourced for a local client visting our showroom.

Purple Spinel Engagement Ring in Platinum.

7. Diamond Bubble Rings as engagement rings

Diamond bubble rings (sometimes referred to as Raindance styled rings) scatter diamonds across multiple bands. Ideal for big hands, there are several styles, ranging in size from designs below 1 carat to large design. For example, our Carnegie diamond bubble ring is set with a whopping 3 carats of diamonds.

Waverly diamond bubble ring set with just under 1 carat of diamonds. 

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.