Styles & Significance of Split Shank Engagement Rings

Split shank engagement rings contain a single band that divides into two bands once it gets close to the center stone. Split shanks can be split into 2, 3, or even 4 strands that have space between them. If shanks aren’t separated by space, they are twisted or woven together. In many designs, the shanks all come together towards the bottom of the ring, underneath the finger. This isn't the only, split shank option though - some rings maintain the split all the way around the ring.

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Split shank engagement rings can either be striking and dramatic, or subtle. Both options are beautiful and depend on personal preference. There are so many variations to choose from when it comes to split shank engagement rings. No matter what style you are into, there is a split shank ring option out there for everybody.

The different variations of a split shank engagement ring are in proportion to both the stone’s shape, and how many carats it has. These two things are what will determine how many splits the ring contains, how wide the shank is, the split width, and also the split depth. The parameters of the stone also determine how the split shank edges will meet together to hold the center stone. There is truly so much detail and care that goes into the making of split shank engagement rings!


Benefits of Split Shank Engagement Rings

Apart from being downright stunning, there are certain benefits and aspects of split shank engagement rings that make them truly stand out to many people.

One of the most appealing attributes is that split shank engagement rings come with so many design variations and options. Every single variation is different and will make the ring not only stand out but also feel different (in a good way) on the finger.

Another benefit of split shank engagement rings is that this setting is extremely secure, especially for the center stone. It holds it perfectly in its place and you never need to worry about the stone not being held in place or anything like that, it’s secured perfectly.

One popular variation of split shank engagement rings is to pair it with pave set diamonds on the shank. This adds an immense amount of beauty leading up to the center stone and it makes the ring very elegant. Split shank engagement rings are great for people who want pave diamonds because parting the band allows for extra surface area for the smaller diamonds.

The beautiful bands of split shank engagement rings really help to highlight the center stone, whatever it may be.

Split shanks are great for creating an illusion of a larger stone, which is a very appealing aspect to many. This can make the ring appear to have a higher value than it already does.

These types of engagement rings can be as fancy or simple as you want them to be. They can be striking and bold with large gaps between the two different sides of the band, which is great for luxurious feel and look. However, if you prefer a more subtle and simple look, there are definitely options where splits follow a beautiful, simple and classic design.


Popularity of Split Shank Engagement Rings

In today’s day and age, split shank rings are a very popular engagement ring choice. During the past two decades, they have only grown in popularity and have gained an increased exposure. If you follow celebrity news, you might have noticed that one of the latest Hollywood trends for celebrity engagement rings is none other than split shank engagement rings.

For example, Beyonce’s engagement ring is a split shank with an 18 carat flawless emerald cut diamond. Her gorgeous ring was certainly an inspiration for many other women’s interest in these rings, and it doesn't look like the split shank ring will lose it’s rising popularity status anytime soon.

Diamond Shape Options

As mentioned above, the beauty of split shank engagement rings is that you can customize them, and there is so much variety to choose from. Here are some of the types of diamond shape options that are available for split shank engagement rings.


There are split shank engagement rings for every single one of the above shapes, however, some are more popular than others. The round brilliant cut diamond has always been a classic and the most popular diamond shape choice, and it pairs wonderfully with split shanks. Princess and Asscher cuts are also two other very popular diamond shapes.

Shapes such as heart, pear, and marquise are probably the least popular diamond shape options. However, split shank engagement rings do exist with these shapes and some people prefer them! They make for a very unique and one-of-a-king engagement ring.

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