Post # 1
Hi! I’m new to this site (I’ve lurked the past two weeks), and I’ve decided it’s time to introduce myself and get some advice from some very wise bees! My bf and I have started looking at engagement rings. I found one that I absolutely loved, but I noticed it had a flat bottom. After a quick google search I found this was called a European shank. I have never seen a flat bottom on a ring, and I was wondering if anyone has one? I can’t decide if I like how they look, and I’m wondering if the slightly pointed corners would bother me comfort wise. If you have one, can you please tell me the pros/cons of a having a European shank? Are they comfortable to wear?
Post # 3
European shafts generally aren’t circumcised. That’s all I know.
Sorry! Thread title took my mind to bad places. I don’t know anything about the ring style.
Post # 4
European shanks help to keep the ring from spinning on your finger.
Post # 5
Lol I think they might actually be called shanks? Haha whoops. Oh well. Yay for first typos!
Post # 7
I have one and find it very comfortable. Once the ring is on your hand you can’t tell it has a euro shank unless you actually turn your hand over and look at the bottom.
Post # 9
You bees are terrible!!! And, yeah, “shaft” kinda throws me for a loop…
I have a euro shank, and LOVE it! My ring is top-heavy, so the square bottom helps keep it upright.
Post # 10
@MsW-to-MrsM: LMAO! Glad I wasn’t the only one!
Post # 11
@FutureMrsBex: My engagement ring is euro shank (my wedding band is not, and that’s kind of annoying but that’s another story entirely) and I love it. Like PPs mentioned, it balances the ring so that it won’t spin and it’s actually supposed to be more comfortable than round bottom rings (I’ve never noticed a difference but some people swear by it). I guess the only negative is if you don’t like how it looks…but I rarely see the bottom of my ring.
ETA: Do you have any pictures?? We love ring pictures here…
Post # 13
@joya_aspera: lol dnt worry my mind went places it shouldn’t have as well
Post # 14
@FutureMrsBex: I have a modified european-style shank- it’s actually a trapazoid and I love LOVE it for a few reasons. First, I don’t wear a ton of jewelry and I find it to be way more comfortable than regular full-round rings. I also love that it doesn’t spin as much, and with the trapazoid shape its actually bigger when I turn it sideways, I turn it to “lock” it onto my finger when I take it on and off and then it can’t easily slip off (I can’t get it over my knuckle unless it’s turned full sideways, so i’m not afraid of it coming off in a pool or while cooking or something.) I also love this look because it’s smaller from the top, so you see a lot less metal than a normal fully circular ring. See below for a pic I just took…and yes, it needs to be polished badly and cleaned ha
Post # 15
I no longer own a ring with a Euro shank, but I did once upon a time. I had heard that they would prevent ring spin, but the ring itself was too bulky (and uncomfortable) to wear with another ring. Unfortunately it was a custom design, so I had to eat the cost. I did replace the ring with another but yikes that was a costly mistake.
Euro shanks are fabulous with rings of lesser “heft” than the one I owned and although I never tested it for ring spin, I do understand they work.
Post # 16
Thanks for all the replies guys! I unfortunately don’t have a picture.. I’m not even entirely sure of the name of the designer. We talked to a localer jeweler last weekend and told her I was really interested in emerald cuts with halos. She didn’t have any in her store, but she told me she had gone to a jewelry show in Vegas a few weeks ago and saw a line they were looking into carrying that would be exactly what I was looking for. She called the jeweler and had them send over a CZ mock ring so I could have any idea what it looks like. They haven’t even finished their new line yet, so they’re really new. Apparently this designer only uses Euro shanks, and all of their bands have a teeny tiny sapphire inside the band. I wish I would have thought to ask the name… I was so enthralled by the ring I didnt even care lol.