An engagement ring is one of the most important and special purchases one can make. So naturally, it needs to be perfect. Of course, the final choice ultimately comes down to personal preference and what makes you feel beautiful, but one of the key factors in selecting (or hinting at!) your dream style is how a specific cut actually looks on your finger.

To help decipher which engagement ring style might be the most flattering for you, we tapped Elizabeth Doyle, co-founder of estate and vintage jewelry boutique Doyle & Doyle to lend her expertise. While the below guide is a great jumping off point, the best overall rule to keep in mind is to try as many different styles as possible to find your perfect silhouette. “You may be surprised that something you are not initially drawn to looks great on your finger,” Doyle said. Keep scrolling to learn more and to find your perfect match.

If you have slender fingers…

“Slender fingers look lovely in a number of styles from a classic solitaire to a stack of thin diamond bands. When you have very slender fingers, watch out for overly large, overpowering rings. An oversized ring can look out of place on a thin finger.” Brit + Co Pick: Vintage Diamond Emerald Cut Engagement Ring ($12,000).

If you have larger knuckles…

“A ring with a wider band or an overall wide design can work well with larger knuckles. These styles provide more coverage of the finger and visually minimize the size difference between the finger and the knuckle.” Brit + Co Pick: Victorian Solitaire Engagement Ring ($3,950).

If you have shorter fingers…

“Shorter fingers look better in an engagement ring with a fine, thin band. Even if the center stone is larger and covers more of the finger, the fineness of the band on the sides will let the finger read as longer.” Brit + Co Pick: Old European Bezel Engagement Ring ($2,775).

If you have longer fingers…

“An elongated engagement ring is great for longer fingers — think oval, cushion, or marquise cuts. These longer shapes emphasize the length of the finger giving a graceful overall effect.” Brit + Co Pick: Art Deco Diamond & Sapphire Ring ($16,500).

What does your dream engagement ring look like? Tweet us and tell us @BritandCo!

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(Photos via Doyle & Doyle, including opener solitaire image)