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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. 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.
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Love the idea of a twist-shank engagement ring? Click through to see 40 of our favorite twisted engagement ring designs.
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.
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!
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 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," 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.