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What is a Euro Shank on an engagement ring?

Of all of the ring terms out there, one could say “shank” is the least attractive sounding. But don’t let that fool you: it can a whole other level of visual sophistication and comfort to your engagement ring.

The shank itself is the bottom portion of the ring. The euro-shank (formally known as the a European Shank) is a flattened bottom portion of the ring (as opposed to the traditional round ring shank. This gives the visual impression of a more square ring.

Why would you want that? Well, this design concept tends to reduce the range the ring is likely to pivot or move while on the finger. It also provides a contemporary look to your ring, which appeal to those looking for a more “mod” appearance.

Check out the video below for a good example of the beauty and practicality of a euro-shank.