If you’re looking for a design option that opens up a world of customization possibilities, look no further than a split-shank setting! A split-shank band splits into two (or three or more!) strands as it approaches the center feature (be it a stone or design) of the ring. The split can be small and subtle or deep and dramatic, add stones for extra bling or keep it clean and classy. Find your inspiration in some of our favorite split-shank setting engagement rings.
We kick off our list with the ultimate modern take on a classic diamond solitaire. The white gold band of our first engagement ring splits into two clean, symmetrical arcs as it comes up to meet the diamond. The split-shank is complemented by the choice of flattened prongs, adding an extra contemporary touch.
Split-shanks and halos go together like peanut butter and jelly! We can never get enough of this classic combination, especially when you throw in pavé diamond accents. The oval diamond center stone is surrounded by a diamond halo, which is met by the four pavé diamond strands of the split-shank white gold band. The result is a timeless white on white on white beauty!
Split-shank bands can be subtle or — like this ring — they can go big and bold. Our next couple wanted an amethyst center stone beautifully captured by a rose gold band that splits dramatically into sweeping arcs, meeting at the top and bottom of the round stone. The engraved arcs of the band almost look like wings bursting free to fly away. Two bees are engraved into the band as a nod to the dating app that brought the couple together!
There is no rule that says a split-shank ring must be symmetrical (and if there were, we’d probably break that rule anyway!) We love how our next couple used the space created by a split-shank band to design this unique engagement ring! The pear cut blue stone is set in a rose gold bezel, two leaves sprouting from its side. The white gold band takes a daring split, slipping past the top and bottom of the stone, creating negative space that takes on a life of its own with waves riding up and down the band.
A split-shank band is a great choice to accentuate the size or shape of your center stone. The length of this oval moissanite center stone is highlighted by the tapering of the split-shank yellow gold band. In choosing features that his fiancé would love, this husband-to-be included pavé moissanite accents on opposite strands on either side of the center stone, creating the illusion of a bypass band. A hidden halo adds an extra sparkle to this beautifully unique engagement ring.
Our next groom’s bride loves plants, so he wanted the engagement ring to include a subtle touch of nature. We proposed an asymmetrical split-shank setting for the diamond-haloed pear cut moonstone at the center. The diamond accents in the halo are echoed in the top strands of the band that sweep up to the peak of the pear shaped stone. The lower strands are made up of delicate rose gold leaves that nestle around the bottom.
Sometimes the smallest details are the ones that matter most. Our next couple loves stargazing so they asked that a four-pointed star be included inside the band. We echoed the shape of this special symbol with a subtle split-shank band. The simple white gold band and celestial personalization combine with the round moss agate center stone to create the perfect, meaningful engagement ring.
Our final engagement ring is a classic white opal and diamond halo pairing. We love how the luscious teardrop shape of the opal center stone is highlighted by the halo and split-shank band. The diamond accents of the halo trickle down the arcs of the band, with the final stone on each shoulder surrounded in a rose gold ‘halo’ of its own.