22 Swoon-Worthy Split Shank Engagement Rings
If you're looking for an engagement ring that is equal parts on-trend and timeless, look no further—a split shank engagement ring splits the difference (pun intended). Its sophisticated look has won over many A-list brides, including Beyoncé, Blake Lively, Bar Refaeli, Jamie Chung and Mary-Kate Olsen.
Often designed to highlight solitaire stones in classic shapes, engagement rings with split bands have classic appeal, but their distinct style also allows for plenty of creative freedom by adding accent stones or decorative details.
Ready to add a split shank engagement ring to your wishlist? Read on for a detailed guide to everything you need to know—plus editor-approved picks you can add to your cart right now.
What Is a Split Shank Engagement Ring?
There are various types of split shank engagement rings, but the most common style is a ring setting where the shank (read: band) splits into two, creating two separate metal pieces that stem from the center stone. Very often, the split shank is set with pavé diamonds, which adds a glamorous touch to the ring. With nontraditional ring designs, the split shank forms an X shape or is twisted to create a more whimsical effect.
In the market for something truly unique? You can also work with your jeweler to create a custom split shank design that better fits the proportions and cut of your center stone. The beauty of this setting style is that it allows for many interpretations that are both functional and stylish.
Why Choose a Split Shank Engagement Ring?
The versatility of this type of ring setting is one of its biggest pros. A split shank setting can have a minimalist design or it can be incredibly elaborate, with accent stones, milgrain and filigree details. Certain split shank designs, like ones with diamond-encrusted shoulders, also create the illusion of a larger center stone, allowing you to get more bang for your buck.
Even if diamonds aren't your thing, a split shank engagement ring can beautifully complement colored gems. In fact, a split shank setting is perfect if you'd like to highlight a unique stone, as the split shoulders visually lead the eye towards the center stone.
Split Shank Engagement Rings You Can Buy Now
Feeling a split shank engagement ring right now? Shop some of our favorite styles below.
Valina Diamond Engagement Ring
A hidden message makes this two-tone engagement ring extra special. The word "love" is spelled in rose gold on the inside of the bridge. Elaborate milgrain detailing, a halo and baguette and pavé diamonds accentuate the center stone for a one-of-a-kind look.
Brilliant Earth Fortuna Diamond Ring
Tiffany Soleste Oval Yellow Diamond Double Halo Engagement Ring in Platinum
Zales Diamond Three Stone Wave Split Shank Ring in 10K White Gold
Vrai The Duet Diamond Ring
Inspired by the idea of two things coming together, this sparkler is all about modern romance. Both elegant and fashion-forward, the split shank of this ring forms a rounded X design.
Kwiat Engagement Ring With a Radiant Diamond and Pavé
James Allen 14K Yellow Gold Alternating Shapes Open Split Shank
Blue Nile Cushion-Cut Swiss Blue Topaz Ring
Gemvara Brilliant Rose Ring
Blue Nile Split Shank Halo Diamond Engagement Ring
Barkev's Black Diamond Engagement Ring
David Yurman Petite Albion Ring With Diamonds
Jenny Wu Lace Rhea Diamond Ring
A true work of art, the diamond-encrusted split shoulders of this abstract setting curve into wave-like shapes. A six-prong setting holds a round lab-grown center stone that adds a timeless appeal.
Sarah Chloe Leah Engagement Ring
Charles & Colvard Split Shank Solitaire Moissanite Engagement Ring
Brilliant Earth Petite Twisted Vine Halo Diamond Engagement Ring
Rose Gold Moissanite Split Shank Wedding Band
With Clarity Allure Natural Diamond Ring
James Allen 14K White Gold Classic Split Shank Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring
Diamondère Tiana Ring
Gemvara Elena Ring
Barkev's Rose Gold Split Shank Pear Moissanite Ring
Romantics, take note. This 14K rose gold solitaire engagement ring has a unique swirled split shank that beautifully highlight a pear-shaped center diamond.