All About Split Shank Engagement Rings

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by Suzanne Sachs  5 min read

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THE BASICS --

With its undeniable elegance, and classic look, the split shank engagement ring can be an optimal choice for any couple looking to start their journey together. Understanding what a split shank engagement ring is, its appearance, its meaning, and symbolism can help someone decide if it is the right setting to represent the beauty and romance of their relationship.

What You Need To Know--

 What is a Split Shank Engagement Ring?

A split shank engagement ring has two thin shanks on either side of the center stone, which come together towards the bottom. The ring is "split" as the shank reaches the center stone, which allows one's eye to be drawn to the diamond while enjoying the view. This is a unique, and can sometimes be ornate design, where the band is divided until it meets the center diamond, giving a delicate effect while allowing the ring to appear slightly larger.

 

 

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• History of the Split Shank Ring

Split shank engagement rings became prevalent during the Art Deco era, as well as during the mid-century 1960's-1970's, and continues to be a top contender today.

 

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Split Shank Meaning and Symbolism

• Setting Symbolism-

The split shank is a unique design with the band divided until it meets the center diamond. The allure of this design is in the delicate effect it has leasing your eye to the center stone.  The shank may show distinctive engravings from different eras while creating an illusion of a larger gemstone.  Choosing a split shank engagement ring gives the future bride a special symbolism for this timeless setting.

• Gemstone Symbolism-

Split shank engagement rings are available with a variety of vintage diamonds or modern cut diamonds, including asscher cut, emerald cut, marquis, old European cut and pear shape diamonds which can set the tone for your symbolism.

• Celebrity Symbolism-

Couples can enjoy the glamour of Hollywood with a split shank ring when they see it as part of the style of their favorite celebrities. Split shank engagement rings have graced many famous fingers, including Blake Lively, Beyonce and Paris Hilton.

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Split Shank Engagement Ring Popularity Circa 2021

A recent survey taken by Glamourmagazine.co.uk  engagement ring trends the split shank ring is the third trendiest style and is increasing in popularity with European cut diamonds and gypsy rings leading the trend charge.  

Choosing a Split Shank Engagement Ring

The split shank engagement ring is a timeless setting which has been popular since the Art Deco era. The split shank is a versatile setting allowing someone to feature a different array of diamond and gemstone shapes.  Couples may have a variety of reasons for choosing this wonderful setting,  including creating an illusion of a bigger diamond.  By choosing a sustainable split shank ring, couples can find a ring that represents not only their love for one another, but their love for a healthy earth and a beautiful future.  Whatever the reason, choosing a split shank ring gives a bride-to-be a lifetime of health and happiness.

Antique Engagement Rings For Everyone:

No matter which gemstone is your favorite, these time-honored gemstones have a rich history and individualized character and will continue to have a timeless beauty and elegant appeal that is part of a legacy to pass on to future generations.

Find The Perfect Engagement Ring:

Antique rings are prized not only for their beauty but also for their exquisite attention to detailing and design. If you’re looking for a ring with a sense of glamour, sophistication and vintage charm, explore our collection of vintage split shank engagement rings today!

Suzanne Sachs

Suzanne has always believed vintage rings can change lives. She's been in the jewelry industry for over 35 years, working with vintage jewelers, diamond dealers, diamond cutters, and gemologists. Suzanne started Artdecodiamonds in 2000 and understood the demand for vintage rings throughout the world. She ultimately started VintageDiamondRing.com in 2014, and understands each vintage ring is a reflection of you – your history, your relationships, your style, your elegance and is honored to have the opportunity to help you showcase your flair in a unique and exquisite way.

 

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