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. Now, designers are making these modern baubles with a, well, twist. As brides continue to seek out one-of-a-kind rings, twist-shank engagement rings offer just that—a charmingly intricate look that feels distinct and special. 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 eye-catching and sparkly. Or, you can opt for something in the middle—a ring that features a pavé band intertwining with a completely unadorned band in the metal of your choice. If you really want to go big, add a diamond-dotted halo around the center stone, too. If that's not your style, a hidden halo allows you to achieve the look of a stunning solitaire while still adding optimal sparkle—talk about a win-win.
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. If you're on the hunt for a ring that has a detailed band but isn't pavé, this is the perfect choice. As an instantly recognizable and iconic feature, the cable band exudes effortless luxury, romance, and simplicity all rolled into one. 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. Plus, (when the time comes) the subtle dimension and movement that this look creates pairs beautifully with a scalloped wedding band—because you can never be too prepared!
We rounded up some of the most irresistible twist-shank engagement rings. Plus, we consulted with industry experts Amanda Trevizo, a buyer for Shane Co. Jewelry, and Nicole Wegman, the founder and CEO of Ring Concierge, to learn more about all of the ways each bride can put a unique spin on her very own twist-shank engagement ring.
Meet the Expert
- Amanda Trevizo is a buyer for Shane Co. Jewelry, the largest family-owned jewelry company in the U.S. since 1929.
- Nicole Wegman has blurred the distinct line between jeweler and influencer as the founder and CEO of Ring Concierge.
Love the idea of a twist-shank engagement ring? Click through to see 40 of our favorite twisted engagement ring designs.
DY Wisteria Engagement Ring
This stunner boasts a double-platinum band with pavé diamonds and a cushion-cut center stone. With its elegantly ethereal nature, this piece has earned its name: the Wisteria ring.
Vera Wang Love Collection Pear-Shaped Diamond Twist Ring
This pear-shaped diamond ring proves that more is more. A heavily embellished twist shank diamond band frames a striking center stone and shimmering double halo.
Price at time of publish: $7,229
Brilliant Earth Twisted Vine Engagement Ring
There's a good reason why oval-cut engagement rings keep sprouting into popularity—and this timeless diamond solitaire just may be one of our favorites. The unadorned, yellow gold twist-shank band adds the most perfectly classic touch.
Price at time of publish: $990
Kwiat "Fidelity" Platinum Ring With Solitaire Diamond
We're kind of obsessed with this platinum engagement ring. Featuring a dramatically separated twist-shank diamond band, this round-cut brilliant solitaire is framed in the most eye-catching way.
Zales Oval Emerald and Diamond Frame Twist-Shank Ring
There's something about an emerald green stone paired with yellow gold that is just oh so charming. This oval-cut center stone is embellished with a halo of sparkling white diamonds and paired with a simple twist-shank band.
Price at time of publish: $549
DY Lanai Engagement Ring
Hand-set pavé diamonds decorate this effortlessly loose twisted band. To top it off, a flurry of white diamonds surrounds this mesmerizing diamond center stone.
Zales Composite Diamond Teardrop Starburst Frame Twist-Shank Ring
We'd never stop staring at this pear-cut diamond engagement ring. Featuring a double-diamond halo—including varying shaped stones, a twist-shank diamond band, emerald-cut stones, and a starburst frame—this statement piece offers a whole lot of sparkle.
Reeds Cushion-Cut Black Onyx and Diamond Twist Ring
How incredibly majestic is this black onyx ring? Paired with a minimalistic sterling silver band and delicate diamond accents framing the cushion-cut stone, the understated details allow all eyes to be on this captivating solitaire.
Price at time of publish: $219
DY Crossover Capri Engagement Ring
The iconic David Yurman cable design adorns this double band framing a round-cut diamond solitaire. Plus, a diamond halo surrounding the center stone adds just the right amount of extra shimmer.
Zales Private Collection Diamond Frame Twist-Shank Ring
This is one of the most classic variations of a twist-shank engagement ring for the bride who is also seeking some sparkle. Crafted in 14k white gold, pavé-set diamonds embellish an intertwining band meeting a round-cut center stone.
Price at time of publish: $6,700
DY Unity Cable Engagement Ring
This is elegant simplicity with a twist. The signature David Yurman cable design is crafted in 18k yellow gold and paired with a round-cut diamond solitaire.
Zales Lab-Created Diamond Twist-Shank Engagement Ring
This pavé-set diamond band features a tightly intertwined design before meeting a prong-set round-cut diamond solitaire. Set in 14k white gold, it's safe to say there is no shortage of sparkle with a piece like this.
Price at time of publish: $16,250
1stDibs Round Yellow Sapphire and Diamond Gold Ring
For the bride opting for some color, we've got you! A round-cut yellow sapphire serves as the focal point of this show-stopping piece. White diamonds decorate the intricate design of this interwoven band.
Price at time of publish: $3,000
DY Unity Pavé Engagement Ring
This singular 18k rose gold band offers such a unique take on a classic twisted shank engagement ring. With the band both unadorned and diamond embellished, the cushion-cut diamond solitaire isn't the only eye-catching detail.
Zales London Blue Topaz and White Topaz Fashion Ring Silver
While we may be slightly biased toward this incredibly captivating blue topaz stone, this twist-shank engagement ring offers several customizable features, including colored center stones. From the setting to the shape, create the ring of your own dreams!
Price at time of publish: $368
Brilliant Earth Your One-of-a-Kind Ring
We really love when a simple unadorned band meets a pavé-set diamond band. Accentuating the true beauty of a twist-shank engagement ring, this band carries a stunning solitaire.
Price at time of publish: $3,590
NCYJewelryDesign Vintage Moissanite Twig Engagement Ring
For the bride who loves the outdoors, we may have discovered one of the most romantic, nature-inspired pieces yet. Ethereal and elegant, thin rose gold intertwines to reflect branches and tiny white diamonds resemble leaves. An oval-cut diamond solitaire polishes it off.
Price at time of publish: $620 for 14K White Gold, Only Engagement Ring
Blue Nile Petite Twist Diamond Engagement Ring
A 14k white gold band twists into a pavé-set white diamond band. The irresistibly sparkly round-cut diamond solitaire just may be the best part.
Brilliant Earth Petite Twisted Vine Contoured Diamond Bridal Set
This is sophistication at its finest. An emerald-cut solitaire sits upon an 18k yellow gold diamond-embellished band. The twisted design of the interlocking band adds a little bit of glam to the mix.
Price at time of publish: $2,480
Brilliant Earth Three-Stone Petite Twisted Vine Diamond Ring
Two white diamonds are nestled on either side of this round-cut solitaire with the prettiest band falling behind all three. For the bride who loves the sentimental significance of a three-stone engagement ring, this twist-shank piece offers you the best of both worlds (cue Hannah Montana).
Price at time of publish: $2,290
Allurez Infinity Diamond and Pink Sapphire Engagement Ring
This is such a fun way to add color to your engagement ring. Not only that, but this design differentiates the two intertwining bands without sacrificing any sparkle—win-win!
Price at time of publish: $1,680
1stDibs Vintage Diamond and Platinum Twist Ring
How incredible is this vintage engagement ring? Two pear-cut white diamonds cascade off the ends of this channel-set band. Set in platinum, we love how this band is decorated with baguette-cut stones.
Price at time of publish: $25,669
Angara Classic Solitaire Diamond Twist Shank Engagement Ring
A simple solitaire is paired with a 14k rose gold band that is intertwined with another diamond-embellished band. This pretty piece is also available in 14k yellow gold and white gold.
Price at time of publish: $1,439
Allurez Diamond Halo Twisted Shank Engagement Ring
The mesmerizing movement of these intertwining diamond embellished and platinum bands are utterly breathtaking. We love how this band surrounds the center stone and cascades into the halo of diamonds circling the center stone.
Price at time of publish: $6,713
1stDibs Beautiful Oval Sapphire With a Twisted Shank
There's no doubt that the enchantingly blue color of this oval-cut sapphire deems it worthy of forever. An unadorned band twists into another diamond band holding a prong-set center stone.
Price at time of publish: $5,250
Clean Origin Ronny Ring
The cable design of this 18k yellow gold band gives this piece the most eye-catching dimension. A round-cut diamond solitaire sits on top of this minimalistic yet memorable engagement ring.
Price at time of publish: $660
1stDibs Platinum Round Diamond Ring
The unique look of this twist shank engagement ring reminds us of a tension-set ring. We love how this round-cut solitaire appears as if it's being held perfectly in the center of these conjoined bands.
Price at time of publish: $3,633
1stDibs Diamond and Round Morganite Ring
A morganite center stone exudes the prettiest pink hue. Plus, an intricately designed halo encompasses the round-cut stone, as an unembellished rose gold band displays a twisted shank.
Price at time of publish: $1,700
Blue Nile Braid Halo Solitaire Engagement Ring
A double 14k white gold band features a braided design. Unexpected yet minimal, we especially love how this design continues around the round diamond center stone.
1stDibs TJD Double Halo Twisted-Shank Ring
You're over the top—and why wouldn't you be when it means flaunting this? A cushion-cut diamond center stone, double halo, and intertwining pavé band give you sparkle on top of more sparkle.
Price at time of publish: $7,700
VRAI The Duet Ring
We're obsessed with how this yellow gold band is drastically separated from its intersecting diamond-embellished counterpart. The beauty of the emerald-cut solitaire just makes it that much better.
Price at time of publish: starting at $1,500
Allurez Infinity Twisted Diamond Engagement Ring
With an array of colored side stones to choose from, this round-cut diamond solitaire can be paired with much more than just white diamonds. Whether you go classic or cutting-edge, you really can't go wrong with a piece like this.
Price at time of publish: $1,997
1stDibs Emerald Diamond Gold Ring
An enchanting emerald green stone is enveloped by a sea of white diamonds. The soft movement of this twist-shank engagement ring adds the most romantic touch.
Price at time of publish: $2,400
Brilliant Earth Petite Luxe Twisted Vine Diamond Engagement Ring
It's not every day you come across a marquise engagement ring. That's why a twist shank band is its perfect match. This intertwining diamond band creates a look that is both unexpected and classic.
Price at time of publish: $1,690 for Setting Only
Bony Levy Twist Pavé Round Engagement Ring Setting
A brilliant round center stone gleams in all of its glory upon a twisted diamond band. What's not to love?
Price at time of publish: $2,295
1stDibs Round Yellow Sapphire and Diamond Gold Ring
This piece just exudes sunshine—who wouldn't want that? A round-cut yellow sapphire features a twisted white diamond band.
Price at time of publish: $2,400
Angara Diamond Solitaire Crossover Engagement Ring
Available in a variety of carat weights and types of metal, this piece is what minimalist dreams are made of (no matter which one you choose). We promise you'll love this stunning solitaire forever.
Price at time of publish: $3,699
1stDibs Oval Diamond Engagement Ring
We've never seen an oval engagement ring quite like this. A 3-carat center stone is paired with a diamond halo and twist-shank platinum band.
Price at time of publish: $75,600
Zales Diamond Frame Twist-Shank Engagement Ring
This floral-inspired piece features an unadorned twisted band. Set in 14k white gold, an array of white diamonds encompass a round center stone.
Price at time of publish: $1,629
1stDibs 14K Yellow Gold Round Twisted Vine Diamond Ring
This isn't the first time we've saved one of the best for last—and this one certainly doesn't disappoint. A 14k yellow gold band cascades into diamond-embellished detail while a stunning round solitaire steals the show.
What to Look for When Choosing a Twist-Shank Engagement Ring
When it comes to a twist-shank engagement ring, it's all about the band. Create a timeless look by pairing this style with a solitaire or opt for a halo, three-stone, or play with mixed metals to stand out in the crowd.
"When selecting a band to pair with a twist-shank engagement ring, I recommend opting for something simple since the twisted shank should be the unique feature in your stack," Wegman suggests.
"Twists or infinity engagement rings are great in any and all metal colors, so do not limit yourself! Play with all metal colors and, perhaps, even mix with your band stack," Trevizo recommends.
If diamond embellishments are your best friend (us, too), platinum creates continuity that maximizes sparkle. "Since twist shanks are usually bedecked in pavé diamonds, we love this style in platinum, so the diamonds reflect their true color," says Wegman.
No matter the stone, setting, or metal you plan on pairing with your twist-shank piece, an engagement ring should be a direct reflection of your personal style—and love story!
Start by asking yourself questions about the details you want to accentuate as well as the overall look of your bridal stack. "Do you want a tight twist or do you want a loose twist? Do you want an exact matching band? Or do you want a straight wedding band to sit next to your engagement ring? If so, are you okay with negative space between your engagement ring and the band? Do you want just a metal twist, or do you want some diamonds infused in the look?" says Trevizo.
- Do twist shanks make the ring more or less expensive? "It honestly depends. If you are opting for thin twisted metal, it could be very close in price to an all-metal straight band. If it is mixed with diamonds or heavier metal on the twist, that can drive up the price," explains Trevizo.
- Are twist-shank engagement rings popular? "Twist-shank engagement rings are a great look and can be quite popular," Trevizo states. While they are certainly more unique than a completely unadorned or pavé band, you can expect to find a selection of twist-shank rings from most jewelers.
- What type of cut pairs best with a twist-shank engagement ring? "I love an elongated stone with a twist-shank engagement ring. I think it adds a geometric element to the ring," Trevizo suggests. A marquise, pear, or oval-cut stone are stunning examples of how to accomplish this pretty pairing.