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When Joe Jonas put a ring on it with Sophie Turner, we were seriously awestruck by the stunning pear-shaped sparkler. The megawatt diamond accented with pavé stones is beyond breathtaking no matter how you shake it, but the double-band engagement ring setting is what truly got us. It perfectly sets off the teardrop diamond appearing unique as ever. The beauty of this band style is that it perfectly showcases any stone shape, whether you’re one for an angular emerald cut, traditional oval or pear, or a vintage-inspired shape like a marquise or a stone cluster.
Designers are privy to the aesthetic with options on the market ranging from simple to ornate at an array of prices. "This has become a new, modern, and fresh way to get your diamond (or other gemstones) to stand out. These bands are very versatile and can be split, merged into a double shank, or have curved variations," Jasmine Carter, jeweler and founder of Balacía, says. In addition to Carter, we spoke with industry expert Amanda Treviso, a buyer for Shane Co. Jewelry, to learn more about what to consider before choosing a double-band engagement ring.
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Now, not all double bands are alike. Some stones come situated between a top and bottom band appearing pressurized between the two while others sit atop a split shank to create a similar amount of space around the stone with the bands coming together in the back of the ring. There’s also the option of a double-band ring sans center stone—we love this for minimal brides-to-be or for those not into major bling. Set with smaller diamonds on both bands, the look is just as striking. As with any ring, you want to make sure you're buying from a trustworthy source. "A shallow-priced ring could be of low quality, so you definitely want to reference the grading report for it," says Carter.
A double-band ring can serve as both an engagement ring and a wedding band if you’re not into wearing more than one ring. Or, if you are the stacking type, the double band will give you a head start on your nesting.
Think you’re on board with a double band? Scroll through our 30 favorites coming in a variety of stones, silhouettes, and metals. Besides, two is better than one, right?
J. Birnbach 1.15 Carat Total Marquise Diamond Frame Ring
A double-band engagement ring should have two main elements: a distinguished look and a stone that makes a statement. This ring by J. Birnbach has both. The band is a stunning 18kt white gold with a marquise-cut diamond at the center. The top band accentuates the diamond and adds natural sparkle around the ring.
Blue Nile Dot Dash Split-Shank Diamond Engagement Ring
Featuring rich 14k yellow gold, two glimmering bands are adorned with prong-set diamonds in varying shapes. This ultra-glam look frames a sweet two-carat oval diamond. A fresh take on a classic design, you'll never stop staring at a ring like this.
Mark Broumand 1.98ct Pear-Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring
Double-band engagement rings are known for their unique bands, and this ring is no exception. The diamond is pear-shaped, and the bands start at the diamond and split—meeting at the back of the band. The diamond has natural brilliance, which plays nicely with the platinum color of the band.
Anna Sheffield Attelage Ring Yellow Gold and White Diamond Ring
If you wear mostly gold, this made-to-order yellow gold ring will create a cohesive look with your other jewelry. The double band on the ring is simplistic, which makes it look elegant. The emerald-cut diamond is encrusted with smaller diamonds that add an overall brilliance to the ring.
James Allen 14K Rose Gold Split-Shank Ribbon Engagement Ring
Rose gold engagement rings have skyrocketed in the last few years, and it’s no secret why—the color is romantic and makes the ring stand out. This ring by James Allen has a beautiful oval stone that sits on two bands that look like ribbons crossing on the back of the ring. The bands are packaged with pavé that travel down the shape of the band.
1st Dibs White Gold Tanzanite and Diamond Ring
If nontraditional is your style, this is the perfect engagement ring. The design is a work of art. It contains a dual band that wraps and crosses throughout the shape of the ring. The stones have a bluish-purple shade and complement the white gold and silver bands.
Kwiat Emerald-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring
Set in platinum, this ring has a wide-set double band and an emerald-cut diamond. The band is wrapped with pavé diamonds, all of which create a seamless setting. The ring is upon request only, and it typically takes around one to three weeks to complete the ring.
Bliss Lau Illuminate Ring
For a truly unique engagement ring, opt for color in your diamond and on the band of the ring. The diamond is blue in color with a hint of turquoise when the diamond catches the light. The band is made of recycled white gold and contains black pavé at the front of the setting.
Erica Courtney Emily Ann Ring in Platinum
Even though the double band makes this ring modern, the simple, elegantly placed details make the ring traditional. The ring has a beautiful center stone held by two bands with diamonds on the entirety of the ring. It’s also offered in yellow or rose gold and is made to order.
Noor Fares Opal Rhombus Ring
Noor Fares’ Opal Rhombus is one of those rings that starts conversations everywhere it goes. The ring features an opal at the center of the ring, surrounded by the gray-gold dual band. The best feature of the ring? It meets at the back of the band with a small diamond that ties the entire design together.
ILA Phoenix 14K White Gold and Diamond Ring
If you're seeking a sophisticated marquise-cut diamond, add this ring to your list. The ring is crafted with sustainable gold and has a double band that adds depth to the shape by including different design elements. The bottom of the band has a v-shape that meets the diamond, making the stone look regal.
Allurez Round Diamond Split-Shank Engagement Ring 14K Yellow Gold
This split-shank ring is a great budget-friendly option. The contemporary craftsmanship makes the stone look like it’s floating, and the stone “sits” between a thin double band that is wrapped with smaller diamonds and connects with a thicker band at the back of the ring.
Gemvara Samantha Ring Emerald-Cut Diamond
Select a traditional diamond or your birthstone for this easily personalized ring. You can also choose the carat of the diamond, and Gemvara has experts ready to assist you with the process of designing the ring because creating the perfect engagement ring is a craft.
Diamondère Stephne Round SI Diamond Sidestone Engagement Ring
Sitting on four prongs sprinkled with tiny white diamonds, this engagement ring displays a vibrant stone that naturally sparkles (even when not in the light). The ring has the best diamonds in the current American jewelry market, according to Diamondère.
Nikos Koulis Yellow Gold Ring With White Diamonds
For a ring design without a large stone, choose this yellow gold ring from Nikos Koulis. The bands have simple diamonds that won't attach to anything as you're moving through your day. Although there is no stone in the middle of the ring, it's sleek, chic, and perfect for a modern bride.
Brilliant Earth Fortuna Diamond Engagement Ring
This 18k yellow gold oval engagement ring just feels like pure royalty. An exceptional halo of diamonds frame the center stone while two rows of pavé diamonds shimmer on the split-shank band. This piece also comes in 18k white gold, 14k rose gold, and platinum.
Shane Co. Pave-Set Diamond Split-Shank Engagement Ring in 14k Yellow Gold
We saved one of the best for last—you're welcome! A classic round solitaire is accompanied by an array of blindingly brilliant diamonds on a pavé-set split-shank band. Seriously, how could you say no?
What to Look for When Choosing a Double-Band Engagement Ring
One of the best features of a double-band engagement ring is that it gives the appearance that you have multiple rings stacked on top of one another—so there isn't a need for a wedding band. But there are no rules that state you can't wear a band with a double-band engagement ring.
As with any other engagement ring style, it's important to keep in mind how your own daily activities will influence the wear of your ring. "You should consider your lifestyle," says Amanda Treviso. "Do you want your center stone to be a showstopper and sit high? Do you want a flush setting and have your stone sit low?" If your hobbies or profession involve hand-heavy activities, it may be best to consider a ring with a low profile in addition to a setting that protects the stones. If your dream ring doesn't fit that description, that's okay! Some brides have opted for a minimalistic wedding band that they wear solo when it may be damaging to wear the bigger bling.
The double-band engagement ring is undoubtedly a distinct look. This style allows brides to create an eye-catching bridal stack. "This is really personal, but if you decide on a super-trendy piece, it's nice if your jeweler has a trade-in policy in case you want to switch settings years down the road," suggests Treviso.
- What stones look best with a double band? Opting for stones apart from diamonds is another way to stand out with a double band. Gemstones appear fresh and unique, a moonstone or opal feels super cool and modern (both incredibly affordable, too), and even a pearl looks contemporary when centered between two slim pavé bands.
- How do you style a bridal stack with a double-band engagement ring? "Decide what kind of look you want in your stack—vintage, classic, floral, negative space—and then play with those pieces," Treviso recommends. "The best part of styling a wedding stack is that it can be unique to you. It's a great time to play and be inspired."
- How can I tell if the ring is high quality? "This will vary depending on the center stone, but the best way is always to request and reference the grading report," Carter notes. All jewelers should be able to provide a report.