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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.
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.
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.
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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 a twist-shank engagement ring? Click through to see 40 of our favorite twisted engagement ring band designs!
Zales Composite Diamond Teardrop Starburst Frame Twist Shank Ring
Now this is a statement piece. 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 offers a whole lot of sparkle.
Zales Private Collection 1-1/3 CT. T.W. Certified Diamond Frame Twist Shank Engagement 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.
Zales London Blue Topaz and White Topaz Fashion Ring Silver
While we may be slightly biased towards 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!
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.
Brilliant Earth Three Stone Petite Twisted Vine Diamond Engagement 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).
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," Nicole 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," Amanda 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.
- What type of setting pairs best with a twist shank engagement ring? "Focus on a setting that complements your diamond and doesn't take the focus away from it," Wegman recommends.
- What stones pair 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.