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The Perfect Ring: Split Shank Engagement Rings

Today on the Adiamor blog, we are welcoming a new series on finding the perfect engagement ring. Since an engagement is a once in a lifetime event, it’s important to pick the right diamond ring for the occasion. However, with so many different engagement setting options on the market, choosing can be overwhelming. That’s how we can help. In the following posts, we’ll cover the various ring setting options to help you decide on the perfect ring. Today, we’re covering split shank engagement rings.

What Are Split Shank Engagement Rings?

Split shank rings feature a ring band that forks to beautifully twist around the ring and showcase the center stone. In most cases, split shank engagement rings feature diamonds, and split shank rings look gorgeous with nearly every diamond shape available. For smaller center stones, some encircle the diamond with a decorative diamond halo as seen here in our Split Shank Halo Setting for Cushion Cut Diamond.

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Split Shank Engagement Ring Metal Options

With most engagement rings, there are four primary ring metal options: yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, and platinum. Since platinum engagement rings are made from only the purest alloys featuring 95% platinum, there are no other choices to make. However, gold rings are available in both 14k and 18k options. Higher karats will have higher quantities of gold, but they will also be softer rings. This means 14 karat rings will have more durable settings, which is important when considering whether or not to include diamonds on the band of your split shank engagement ring.

When it comes to the different colors of gold, this is primarily a matter of personal preference. Yellow gold is the most traditional, and it also compliments the fire and brilliance of white diamonds. White gold offers elegance and sleek sophistication similar to platinum, but at a lower price point. Finally, rose gold has ancient history as a preferred ring metal, and its resurgence in popularity with millennials proves its pinkish hues to be a timeless, romantic choice.

Diamonds Or Plain Band?

The final option in selecting the perfect split shank engagement setting is deciding on how the ring band is adorned. For ring buyers searching for maximum sparkle, select a ring with diamonds pave-set on the band. This style will generally be found accompanying halo set rings as well. However, many people prefer the center stone to be the star, and that’s why they choose split shank engagement rings in the first place. In this case, selecting a plain diamond band is the best choice. It pulls attention directly to diamond. This makes a plain band a great option when pairing a split shank engagement ring with a larger diamond.

Still not sure where to start? Visit the Adiamor Engagement Guide to learn more. Ready to pick out your perfect ring? Start shopping for split shank engagement settings today!


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A Man’s Guide To Engagement Ring Styles: Part 2

We started our man’s guide to engagement ring styles yesterday on the Adiamor blog. Today, we are continuing our break down of engagement ring settings with part two of our guide. Hopefully, these lessons will help future husbands pick out the perfect ring for their brides to be. Keep reading the blog to finish up our series on a man’s guide to engagement ring styles!

Modern Engagement Ring Settings

When most people think of modern engagement rings, they think of contemporary styles. Nevertheless, “modern” refers more to the 20th century architecture and art styles that it does styles that are in the moment. Because of this, modern rings will not go out of style next year. Modern rings typically include channel set diamonds that blend together the natural elements of precious metals and diamonds with clean, sleek style. Modern engagement rings are an excellent choice for future brides who prefer elegant looks backed with confidence and style.

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Split Shank Engagement Ring Settings

For brides looking for a different twist on the classic diamond engagement ring, split shank rings are the perfect choice. The split shank band splits before wrapping the center diamond which causes the eye to focus on the center. In this manner, the split shank engagement ring places the focal point on the diamond’s fire and brilliance. Although the split shank style is a spin on traditional styles, it is still a versatile engagement ring style that can be combined with other looks to create stunning, modern rings. For example, split shank rings can feature pave bands or halo settings around the diamond to add even more sparkle.

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Vintage Engagement Ring Settings

Although the concept of an engagement ring has been around for centuries, the early 20th century saw a huge rise in popularity of diamond engagement rings. During this time, the Art Deco period also had a great influence on popular culture. Perhaps it is for this reason that so many future brides desire a vintage style engagement ring. Vintage rings find their inspiration from the handcrafted details and combine these aesthetics with modern sensibilities to create truly gorgeous engagement rings. When shopping for a bride who finds their style cues from the past, a vintage engagement ring setting is an excellent choice.

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Gemstone Engagement Ring Settings

When many engagement ring styles seek to add additional diamonds, gemstone rings opt for pops of color by adding additional gemstones. In recent years, gemstone engagement ring settings have seen a massive rise in popularity. One of the main reasons for this increase is brides are preferring to have their rings match their personalities, and adding colorful gemstones to their engagement ring provides this opportunity. If you are considering purchasing a gemstone engagement ring, consider adding gemstone accents that utilize her birthstone.

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Thanks for reading a man’s guide to engagement ring styles. For more engagement ring information, check out the Adiamor education center today!

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Split Shank Engagement Rings in Three Metals

Featuring a band that splits to embrace the central diamond, split shank engagement rings are a gorgeous take on classic diamond engagement rings. Split shank engagement rings offer future brides a unique twist on the traditional, and this allows each ring to demonstrate a woman’s individuality. Below, check out three popular styles of split shank rings including solitaire rings and pave set rings featured in yellow gold, rose gold, and white gold.

Yellow Gold Split Shank Engagement Rings

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Yellow gold engagement rings a the pinnacle of traditional style. Because yellow gold does not rust or corrode, it has been the precious metal of choice for centuries. Jewelers love the fact that yellow gold doesn’t tarnish, but one issue with pure 24k gold is it is too soft. For this reason, yellow gold split shank engagement rings are made in either 14k or 18k gold. This allows the ring to be strong and durable, helping keep the center stone in place. The featured split shank ring on the right is a classic solitaire, perfect for showcasing a round diamond.


Rose Gold Split Shank Engagement Rings

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When it comes to the hottest engagement ring styles available, nothing surpasses rose gold. As an alloy, rose gold rings are made by combining yellow god with copper. This produces the distinct, pink hues which fans of rose gold cannot get enough of these days. Rose gold engagement rings typically feature vintage design aspects as they found their resurgence in popularity with the rise of Art Deco trends in the early aughts. Since then, rose gold has found its way into the mainstream in everything from smart phones to shoes. The split shank ring on the right features an intricate pave design with 64 brilliant cut round diamonds weighing a total of 0.44ct. This particular rose gold engagement ring looks best with a princess cut diamond.

White Gold Split Shank Engagement Rings

white gold split shank engagement ringFinally, there is the gorgeous white gold split shank engagement ring. Like rose gold, white gold is also an alloy. However, instead of using copper, fine jewelers blend together yellow gold with a metal metal such as nickel, silver, or palladium. For future brides searching for a more a more understated sophistication, white gold is an excellent choice. This white gold alloy is then plated in rhodium which gives the engagement ring a shiny luster. However, as time passes, the natural yellowish tint of the gold will begin to shine through. In order to prevent this, it is important to have your ring re-plated every six to twelve months. White gold engagement rings are extremely versatile. The design on the right features a modern take on the split shank ring, a pave set tulip ring  with 66 brilliant cut round diamonds.

Don’t see the perfect split shank engagement ring for your bride to be? Shop the entire Adiamor collection of split shank rings today!

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A Man’s Guide to Split Shank Engagement Rings

So you’ve discussed marriage with the woman you want by your side for the rest of your life, and you’ve decided it is time to propose. She has thrown around a bunch of ring terms you don’t understand. Princess cut. Cushion cut. Solitaire. Platinum. White gold. You nod your head and act like you know exactly what she is talking about.  However, the only thing going through your mind is, “what the *bleep*?!”

love1Your girlfriend has also mentioned wanting a split shank engagement ring.  This sounds really cool to you, but you aren’t sure what that term means either. Perhaps it caught your ear because it sounds like a special cut of meat or a cool looking sword from medieval times. Well… at least you’re trying to listen to your girlfriend. Now, it’s time to learn a little bit about split shank engagement rings. You ready? Split shank simply means that the band splits into two or more bands (aka shanks) as they extend from the center stone. Check it out:

At Adiamor, we offer an assortment of split shank engagement rings. Our most basic ring in this style is the split shank solitaire for a round diamond (like the one you see above). With the basic split shank ring, it is just the one round diamond with two shanks coming off either side. The band is offered in white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, or platinum. You probably guessed that the different golds just deal with what shade the band is. Many women prefer a specific type of gold. If she has not already told you which type she prefers, take a better look at the jewelry she wears or what’s sitting in her jewelry box. This will give you a few helpful hints. Some people prefer platinum over any of the gold bands. Platinum is the strongest precious metal and will keep your setting more secure.


If your girlfriend wants more than just the one center diamond, we have many options for that as well. Our triple shank pave setting for round diamond which comes in white or yellow gold, platinum, or a custom two-tone band. It features 190 pave set diamonds extending from the center of the ring down all three bands. Keep in mind that this is a pretty big ring and may not work well for a woman with really small hands.

Adiamor offers many other split shank engagement rings your future bride may love, including several with sapphire or ruby accent stones. Be sure to look at all of your ring options on our website.  Need more help? Check out our diamond education resource by clicking here.

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Find Stylish Split Shank Engagement Rings Inspired by the Latest Celebrity Trends

One of the latest Hollywood trends when it comes to celebrity engagement rings is split shank engagement rings. A split shank is a cleaved band where two or more strands join together for a unique look. “The Bachelor” contestant Sean Lowe proposed to graphic designer Catherine Giudici with a stunning cushion-cut diamond in a split shank setting.


Catherine’s engagement ring features a 3.15 carat center diamond surrounded by 164 smaller diamonds in a pave setting. According to KpopStarz, Giudici said the split shank engagement ring was “classic and timeless.” Guidici also posted a black-and-white photo of her engagement ring on Instagram.


Split Shank Engagement Rings

Adiamor features a wide selection of split shank engagement rings for brides who strive to keep up with the latest trends in celebrity engagement rings. The split shank pave setting for square diamonds is a similar style to Giudici’s engagement ring, seen below.  The center diamond is surrounded by 128 smaller diamonds that equal a total carat weight of 0.80. This lovely setting is available in white gold, yellow gold or platinum.

A common yet unique twist that can be added to split shank engagement rings are precious gemstones. The ruby and pave engagement setting from Adiamor is a perfect example.  This ring shows off the center diamond with an accent of four round ruby gemstones, as well as 28 pave-set diamonds.


Rose gold can also be a lovely addition to any engagement ring.  Adiamor’s round and pave-set engagement setting is available in the pink-tinged hues of rose gold.


Order from Adiamor with confidence

Split shank engagement rings from Adiamor are a beautiful way to say “I love you” all while keeping up with the latest celebrity trends. All Adiamor engagement rings and engagement ring settings are backed by a 30-day money-back guarantee, as well as a lifetime warranty. Adiamor also offers free overnight shipping for domestic orders more than $250.  Order engagement ring styles inspired by your favorite celebrity engagement rings at www.adiamor.com.