The single rope-like twist
Twist band engagement or wedding rings offer a variety of design options to play with and the looks can differ so vastly that you can create many twist style rings and all will look and feel different.
Creating a true twist, as shown above is actually quite a technical build for a diamond or stone set ring. This is because you need to consider the size of the stones and the depths and thickness’s of the ring itself, since a twist effect will add a bit more bulk to the depth (imagine the 3 and 9 o clock positions between the fingers). However, being technically trained jewellers and engineers, we have many different ways around this, jewellery design in essence is actually problem solving, especially when we get a variety of design combinations that clients would like!
The image above shows a simple plain twisted ring band with no stones set, this shows the squared profile shape needed for this sort of twisting, each ‘face’ becomes a surface, so you can see the room that might be needed for setting diamonds.
The ring above shows the single band twist used fully! The band has been fully set – which we would actually advice against doing. Rarely is really necessary to set stones all the way around a ring band, no one see’s them at the bottom of the ring and it also creates a future dilemma for resizing, which is going to happen since women’s finger sizes change over time, both up and down. A stunning turban style twisted halo of stones has also been added, creating a really different and unique halo ring design.
Twist ring effects
The image above shows a ring that uses a plait like twist to create another style of twisted engagement ring. This sort of design can be really variable and beautiful. The plaits can diverge as they approach the stone, creating a twist look that becomes a split shank style ring. The twist can be lifted up towards the centre stone, creating a cathedral style twist engagement ring design. The twists can be broader, narrower, channel set or micro pave set. Using the plait design to create twist looks and patterns is a great way of adding more freedom to play with a ring design, and looks beautiful set with diamonds.
Another way of creating a more organic twist engagement ring is to create flow around a centre stone, weaving over and under and utilising selective or asymmetrical stone setting. This kind of organic use of twisting and curving shanks around focal points can create stunning designs and is great for people who love organic engagement ring designs.
Simple, single or mobius twist rings
The image above shows a take on the mobius strip that we turned into a channel stone set ring. This can also be adapted in a few ways, the twist can be made smaller, tighter and the stones can be set either side of a small central twist instead. We always need to consider the underside of the ring and its comfort, so finding a way to have a flat or smooth underside on a twisted ring design is quite an important consideration to bear in mind.
We can also create illusion twist rings, where the pattern or design creates the overall look of a twisting band, as shown above. This allows for a lovely dainty diamond band ring because you’re working ‘on the flat’.. if we use the image above as an example, you can see how each shallow ‘s’ curve faces straight up, which gives easier access to stone setting and tapering. This is not to say it cannot be done otherwise, as it can, it’s just a more complex setting process!
When using the two interwoven bands, you can create quite rich and full looking diamond wedding bands or engagement rings by using double stone setting, or a take on pave set rings. Again, we have lots of design options for tapering stone sizes to create calligraphic thick to thin effects that are both stylish and refined, as shown in the close up images below.
Finally, you can create a simple bypass twist engagement ring effect by using a split shank in a variety of ways, as shown below in a diamond and sapphire three stone ring.
– The Knot
– 1st dibs