Engagement ring

Split Shank Engagement Rings That Make Room for Extra Sparkle

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Split shank engagement rings feature a unique bold design, where the band splits near the diamond, creating a cradle-like look around the center stone and often creating the illusion of two bands rather than one. Sometimes, these bands are adorned with accent gemstones, typically diamonds, and other times they are plain, depending on the discretion of the buyer. Some more complex engagement rings incorporate a different look, where the band is split more widely or the split extends farther around the ring, or even incorporating a twisted band shape.

Despite being a more recent design trend, split shank diamond engagement rings have a timeless look, evoking the structure of classic vintage rings, and the lavish, luxurious jewelry of past eras. Because of this, choosing a split shank ring is a safer bet than most “trendy” rings you might see advertised. The style is lasting—it won’t look dated even several years from now. In short, this style is timeless and fresh, avoiding two pitfalls of engagement rings (dated or trendy). This design creates a more complex look to draw the eye, and makes space for more accent diamonds—thus, a more sparkly ring. This style can also add more volume or height to the ring, increasing its glamour. A split shank ring can be paired with any diamond setting, depending on the desired style.

Popular split shank rings at With Clarity often feature cushion cut diamonds and halo or double halo settings. Additionally, elongated diamonds like oval or pear cuts really show off the split design, but any diamond setting can be incorporated into a split shank diamond engagement ring.

Top split shank engagement rings

Pear shaped diamonds have undeniable romance. But that doesn’t mean every yellow gold pear shaped engagement ring is the same style. Check our 10 of our favorites below. You’ll see that even with this same diamond shape and metal combination, one ring can look dramatically different from the next. And that means you can find the perfect ring to suit your style.

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Rising Split Shank Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

The medium-length split on this engagement ring gives space for accent diamonds and creates the double band look, but the elevated halo is still the main focus of the design. The round stone complements the tapered, triangular shape of the split, balancing the ring design perfectly. The many accent stones create a luxurious, sparkly ring, and the height of the center stone, elevated above the halo, gives it wonderful volume.

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Split Shank Squarish Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

This ring combines the timeless diamond and classic halo with a unique band design. The braided band and many accent diamonds give this unique diamond engagement ring a look unlike any other. A mash-up of old and new, this ring is perfect for a trailblazer who does her own thing, with no regard for the expected norm.

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Floating Split Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

A gorgeous, diamond-encrusted split shank band thrusts into the sky to lift your center diamond to where it can catch as much light as possible. But it's not just the brilliance of your biggest diamond that will have people staring. The profile of this engagement ring is also striking thanks to the design that makes it appear like your central stone is floating above your finger.

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Split Shank Pave Diamond Engagement Ring

A much longer split gives this ring a double-band look. This particular style could complement a more slender finger or a wider one—in this design, each band after the split is delicate and feminine, while the band overall has a wider presence on the finger. Without a halo on other adornment besides the accent diamonds, this ring looks simpler, and works well with a princess cut for some. This design also looks great as a split shank oval engagement ring. No matter the cut, this ring is a simple, elegant ring perfect for someone stylish and classy.

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Split Shank Trellis Diamond Engagement Ring

Tiny details take this split shank ring to the next level. First, the intricate trellis design, joined seamlessly with the medium-length split, perfectly combines line and shape. Another ornate detail, accent diamonds in descending sizes on the band right after the split, adds a level of complexity. The larger accent diamonds along the split ensure plenty of sparkle for this show-stopper.

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Twisting Split Shank Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

The split on this ring is tiny, dainty even because the two paths of the band twist together before reforming into one band below. It's an elegant play on the traditional split shank if you're looking for something out of the ordinary.