Split Shank Engagement Rings
This year, bridal jewelry retailers have noticed that many modern brides are opting for the desirable split shank engagement ring. With an open-weaved look, these rings have intricately cleaved bands that separate two or three strands before joining at the crown. As a result, this feminine style caters to the bride who appreciates pattern and detail.

The split shank’s versatile design can be topped with nearly any shape center stone—cushion, round, pear, emerald, Asscher, or radiant cuts—and be further embellished with a halo of pavé diamonds (small, sparkling stones which appear to “float” around a center).

This particular setting is an excellent choice for larger stones, as it not only creates a balanced aesthetic but also provides a stable foundation.

Regardless of the proportion between the band and the center stone, this stunning style always manages to look dainty. Singer Beyonce Knowles’ massive emerald-cut diamond engagement ring—reportedly worth more than $5 million—is set in a delicate split shank by designer Lorraine Schwartz. Likewise, Leon Mege’s The Art of Platinum collection boasts excellent examples of hefty center stones in demure settings.

Split shanks and halos are currently being utilized by some of brides’ favorite brands. Simon G.’s line of engagement rings features quite a few stand-out split shank designs in white gold and Tacori has produced several “modern classics” as part of their Simply Tacori collection, while Tanagro has created an impressive split shank look in platinum. (See above).

All in all, designers and brides seem to agree: by offering the illusion of several pieces (instead of one solid band), split shank rings are the perfect option for those who favor an elegant, elaborate look.

Top Image by Tanagro.
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