Just how every woman has that one favorite lipstick shade, the same loyalty should apply to engagement rings and nail tips. For every diamond shape, there’s a nail tip that will compliment it best. And you can’t get around this rule, as firm and true as the laws of gravity. Seriously, when you’re shopping for that eternal sparkler, there’s no amount of wishing that will make it work—there’s just certain styles you can’t rock, sorry! If you’re not sure about which diamond cuts can work with your nail tips, use this foolproof guide to make sure you never commit this engagement crime.
Round nails are making a comeback in the manicure world, especially with classic polishes like pale pinks and French manicures. The more traditional look calls for a traditional ring, so opt for a solitaire cut diamond and a simple band like this one from Gottlieb & Sons. It’s both classic and dainty looking, which will bode well with your Instagram followers!
Square but Sharp
Just because your nails are square doesn’t mean you have to be! When it comes to your engagement ring with nails like this, think “opposites attract”. Cushion cut and round rings look best with square nails to balance out the square shape, and you can play around with diamond bands too. This ring by Gottlieb & Sons is perfect for a square mani, because of its gorgeous rounded center diamond bordered with smaller diamonds.
If your nails are basic, you can go nuts on the bling when it comes to the engagement ring. Short nails tend to give the illusion that your fingers are shorter, so rectangular stones can make your hands look longer. With that, stay away from chunky bands that will appear to shorten your fingers. A slender band like this one from Gottlieb & Sons is perfect for shorter nails, without being too plain Jane!
Sexy and Stiletto
One of the most extreme nail shapes taking over the Pinterest world right now are the pointy, stiletto nails, or should we say claws. They’re savagery in the form of a manicure, and because of their rebellious look, you can’t be wearing some average ring with them. It’s like drinking Dom Pérignon in sweat pants-- it doesn’t work!
An edgy ring like this will pair perfectly with your over-the-top mani, letting you celebrate your feline nails proudly! Meow!
A personal favorite of ours, the almond nail shape is a perfect cross between the traditional round and the sharply square mani. They’re like high-heels for your hands without being too tall and uncomfortable. Since they make your hands look slender, you can select an engagement ring with double banding. Basically, it’s better to go with a chunkier piece that won’t make your hands look too short.
Basically, the lesson here is just because you dig a ring, doesn’t mean it’ll look good on you. Live by this mantra and never risk clashing your ring with your nail tips. Remember, your nail tips are your womanly power; they’re meant to decorate and beautify you, so choose a ring that celebrates your mani style.