For an even more whimsical take on the popular split shanks, try a romantic twist!

Have your bling — with a twist! Split shanks — that is, an engagement ring band split into two pieces — have become increasingly popular in the bridal world. And now, designers are making these modern baubles with a, well, twist. Whether it's a twisted split shank or a single intertwined band, these infinity-like designs are whimsical, romantic, and unique.

There are many ways to tote a twisted engagement ring. One popular style, as mentioned above, is to take a split shank and simply intertwine the two bands. This can be done subtly, with one or two areas where the two pieces cross over, or the band can be tightly wound together. For added bling, designers stud these pieces with pavé diamonds so that the finished product is both super eye-catching and sparkly. If you really want to go big, add a diamond-dotted halo around the center stone, too.

You don't have to go for the pavé if you don't want, though. In fact, plenty of sleek twisted bands are a great way to update a classic solitaire engagement ring.

The band doesn't have to be split, either. David Yurman, for example, is known for a cable band that has the appearance of a twisted rope. Forevermark, too, has a single twisted band — half in pavé and half in solid metal to really drive the design home. The effect on both is still traditional with just a touch of ingenious texture.

Love the idea of twist-shank engagement ring? Click through to see all of our favorite twisted engagement ring band designs!

Illustration by Christina Park

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