What Is A Split Shank Band?

When looking for a new ring, you might have noticed that certain designs pop up frequently in your search.

But when looking for your forever ring, the one thing you don’t want is for it to be the same as everyone else's, right?

So where is a good place to look, to find something a little bit out-of-the-ordinary? (in the best way)

Luckily finding a ring as unique as your love isn’t as hard as you might think.

If you're looking for a design that truly takes your breath away,

and lasts a lifetime, 

Look no further than a split shank ring. 

Cue frantic Google sessions.

But hold your horses, don’t go search engine-crazy just yet.

There are a few things to know before you go splashing all your hard-earned cash. 

And we’ve compiled them for you into a neat and handy guide. 

So you can spend more time finding the perfect ring and less time looking at the wrong ones. (Hopefully, as you did with your partner!)

So what are we waiting for? Let’s get started!

What is a split shank ring?

A split shank ring features a shank that splits (has a visible gap) between the band and the center diamond or halo.

When talking about rings, the ‘shank’ refers to the part of the ring that goes around your finger, often known as the band.

Now think back to most rings you’ve worn…

The shank is round, right?

Well mostly - but not always.

You can get square shaped shanks and other creative shapes too.

Fancy huh?

All it needs to be considered a split shank is for it to split in two. Simple.

So what makes a split shank so popular?

Great question!

Not only does a split shank design make the diamond appear larger.

(Which can’t be a bad thing, right?)

It can also make the stone look a lot more ornate on your finger.

Guaranteed to bring the “oohs” and the “aahs” from your nearest and dearest when you enter the room. 

This means they make great engagement rings.

And all the coolest celebs are wearing them. Even Beyonce.

And she’s the queen of pop.

But just because they are popular doesn’t mean they can’t be unique.

There’s so many designs to choose from, to make yours stand out from the crowd.

Or copy Beyonce’s… we won’t judge!

So what makes a split shank unique?

Split shank engagement rings can comprise of two, three, or four strands, separated with the split or interwoven. 

This means they offer the versatility of design, so you can really make it your own.

Want a ring that’s visually striking and dramatic?  

Pick a split shank.

Looking for something more subtle?

Pick a split shank.

There’s a theme here… and you get it.

With split shanks you can really create a unique, one-of-a-kind design.

Depending on the center stone and its shape and carat weight. There can be many variations in a split shank ring's proportions.

The shape and carat weight of your diamond both heavily influence the number and depth of splits you can add to your shank. And how the shank’s edges meet at the center stone. 

One of the most beautiful characteristics of split shank rings is that they offer endless customization options.

There really is so much variety to choose from. 

So let’s take a look at some of the shapes of diamond that are available for split shank engagement rings to see just how different (and beautiful) they can really be.

Classic Split Shank Ring

Artcarved "Bluebelle" Diamond Engagement Ring Featuring Side Leaf Details

Artcarved "Angelina" Split Shank Diamond Engagement Ring Featuring Engraved Band

Twist Split Shank Ring

Simon G. Twist Split Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

Halo Split Shank Ring

Gabriel "Sonya" Halo Diamond Twist Engagement Ring

Fana Large Round Cut Halo Split Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

Swirl Split Shank Ring

Gabriel Anzura Two-Tone White & Rose Gold Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Gabriel "Bailey" Twist Bypass Diamond Engagement Ring

Gabriel "Lucca" Bypass Halo Two-Tone Diamond Engagement Ring


See, we weren't wrong right?

Pros and cons of split shank rings

Think that a split shank setting could be the perfect choice for you or your fiancée-to-be? 

Let’s make doubly sure and take a look at the pros and cons, before you make that all important decision.


The additional surface area surrounding the diamond allows you to get creative with side stones and extra sparkle.

This can be a big draw card if you want to go all Housewives of Beverley Hills and show off your rock to all your family and friends.

(And why wouldn’t you?)

The setting is also extremely secure, particularly for the center stone. 

This is big bonus points if you have an active lifestyle, or are up and down playing with the kids on the daily.

Having the confidence that the diamond won’t fall out of place is a definite win, considering this is your forever ring.

So we can’t complain about that.

The split shank also draws the eye towards the center stone.

Great for attention grabbing at those all-important parties.

Including your own engagement party.

Because, you sure deserve to be the center of attention here.

But don’t fret, it doesn’t have to be bling-overload. 

Split shanks can be designed in either classic or contemporary styles to suit your lifestyle and personality.

So if you want to keep it more subtle, split shanks have got you.


Unfortunately split shank engagement rings may require more cleaning than simpler settings, purely due to their ornate nature.

But that’s not the end of the world, right?

So what else?

Well, split shank engagement rings may not be as practical for brides-to-be who either work with their hands, or need to wear protective gloves every day. 

The gloves can catch a bit easier, and they are a bit more prone to snags and entanglements due to the gap in the metal.

Split shanks also take up more real estate on your finger than a single band equivalent. 

So depending on your personal style you may want to avoid this style if you are looking for something more minimal.

Can split shank engagement rings be set with lab grown diamonds?


Split shank engagement rings can be set with any diamond.

Including the ever-popular lab grown diamonds.

And they look absolutely stunning too! 

Lab-grown diamonds are identical to their mined counterparts, aside from their origin.

So there’s nothing a lab-grown diamond can’t do here!

Can you wear a split shank engagement ring with a wedding band?

By this point, you may be asking your final, but incredibly important question…

What wedding band goes with a split shank ring?

Well the good news is there are so many options!

Opt for a classic band of the same metal, for that super polished look.

Or choose to match the diamond cut.

Incorporating the same cut into your engagement ring and wedding bands can really add that extra sparkle!

If that’s the look you are going for.

So whether striking or subtle, split shank engagement rings are a perfect way to showcase your love.

And it’s easy to find a classic design that is as unique as you are.

And full of timeless beauty, ensuring your ring, like your marriage will never grow tired.

Find your perfect style at our Ben Garelick showroom, today!

Visit us at our Buffalo, NY store or call us at (716) 631-1584, text us at (716) 574-0966 or chat with our friendly experts online, and let us help you find the perfect split shank band for you.

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