(Closed) Thickness of ring shank?

posted 9 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
2999 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Are you talking about the width (looking down at your finger, how far it spans across your skin) or the height (looking at your ring from the side, how tall it stands above your skin)?


I don’t think there is a “right” size for either, but having it be too thin could cause problems down the road.


Do you have a picture?

Post # 4
1249 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@samock77:  How thick is your shank? Can you take a ruler to it to get a rough estimate? Mine is 2mm and I think there are some ladies on here who go down to 1.5-1.7mm range. Here’s my attempt at getting a good picture of the shank on my e-ring…

Post # 5
2732 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I had my shank remade completely on my e-ring. It was gold and I wanted platinum. It would have cost $300 to change it to gold but I paid $900 for the platinum upgrade. So $300 would not have been too expensive in my opinion. The new shank is pretty high and matches the height of my wedding band.

Here’s a picture of the new shank:

Post # 6
82 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My shank is 4 mm wide at the top and tapers down to 3.5 mm at the bottom.  The taper is so slight it I didn’t notice it until a jeweler measured it.

I chose a more substantial shank because I don’t like the look of a dainty ring with a large stone.



Post # 7
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Mine is 3 on the top tappering to 2.5 on the bottom. I dont think there is a size that is considered normal, its all personal prefrence.  Ive noticed most women with plain bands tend to be on the smaller side and bands with designs or diamonds tend to be bigger to hold the diamonds, but thats just what ive personally noticed.

Post # 8
2891 posts
Sugar bee

Mine is 3mm at the bottom and thinner at the top due to it being a split shank. There’s really no “standard.” Shank width is totally determined by the design. A thicker shank *might* be more durable for everyday wear but that by no means indicates that all shanks should be thicker or only thicker shanks stand up to wear and tear. Shank width is really a personal preference. 

Post # 9
4474 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I think mine’s somewhere in the 1.7-1.9mm range.  I love how skinny it looks, but the downside to it is that it’s top heavy and “wobbles” a little more than a thicker band would.  It’s not an issue when I wear it with another ring.

Post # 10
4634 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

mine is a 2mm. i sometimes think it is a little too thin, but i like how the diamond really stands out because the band is so thin.

Post # 11
4344 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Mine is 2mm. I wouldn’t go much thinner. I have another ring that is thinner that bent (though I did scrape it against a wall really bad, so its not like it spontaneously broke) beyond repair. You really have to try things on though, and keep in mind whether or not you will pair it with a wedding band (some erings are so wide you can’t really fit another ring on that finger).

Top to bottom: 3mm, 2mm, 1.5mm

Ering on left and replacement (I purchased the same ring) ring after the first one was bent

Post # 13
4344 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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@samock77:  It looks thick enough to me.

Post # 14
22 posts
  • Wedding: January 2015

This concerns me as well. I got engaged at the end of May and I am already worrying about the thinning of the shank of my ring two-ish months later. I haven’t done anything necessarily strenuous or to cause any REAL damage (outside of scratches/accidental scrapes/bangs here and there) but I am noticing that the shank is significantly thinner than the top of the ring band. 

That being said, I don’t know if I just didn’t notice the difference in thickness all the way around at the beginning because I wasn’t concerned about it. Now I am worried there will be issues down the road. I just want it to hold up and stay sturdy. That being said, I don’t know if I am fabricating an issue in my head.

Any other advice on this?

Post # 15
686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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@chipanddip:  I just took a peek at your previous posts and saw that you had a plain solitaire (no stones in the shank) – in that case if over time your shank does get worn down, it shouldn’t be too difficult/expensive to get the ring reshanked. 

And on a side note, many settings are thinner at the bottom, so it might be something that was always there and you just overlooked when you first got the ring. You could also try contacting the jeweler and finding out the setting dimensions, for peace of mind!

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