Engagement Ring Ideas for $9,000 June 24, 2019 – Posted in: Jewelry Blog
Setting a budget for an engagement ring is difficult. But by-no-means should you disregard how important it is. Few of us have bottomless pockets full of cash, but nobody wants to skimp on such an important item. In this article, we talk about buying an engagement ring for $9,000 ($9k).
The temptation is to go further and spend more than we should. But it really isn’t a good idea to take on what could end up as unmanageable debt in the future, regardless of the importance of the item or the occasion.
When starting the ring buying process, set a budget and stick to it unless something changes. In fact, set two budgets. The first should be the actual amount you have available, and the other should be that figure but reduced by 10%. The reasoning behind this is simple but effective. With your (slightly) lower budget, if you see something at a higher price but within your higher figure limit, it remains affordable.
Much of what we buy, and the price we pay, is predicated on a particular mindset. If we settle our minds on one thing, that will dominate our actions. This is simply human nature. So, by settling on a lower budget, that will be the target spend in our minds. Going a little above it, but staying within our higher figure is not only none-detrimental to our pocket but is also a nice little psychological boost to our emotions. All at no extra cost.
How Much Does an Engagement Ring Cost?
The only answer, quite literally, is “How much have you got?”
Engagement rings can cost anything from a hundred dollars to several million. Factors like the stone(s) and metals in the ring, and whether it is handmade or factory produced all contribute to the total value.
In the US, the average price paid for engagement rings is around $6,000. Of course, this means a lot of rings cost less, and a lot cost more. The beauty of the modern age is that your choices have never been so great. Now, selecting a ring isn’t a job that takes up a whole a weekend or even longer. Thanks to the internet we can browse every manner of items before buying, including engagement rings.
If you are lucky enough to have a little more than the average cost of an engagement ring to spend, here is our selection of rings costing around $9,000.
Yes, it’s great to be able to see rings in person and try them on, but life is such that many people don’t have the time they used to
The Tuena Ring produces a bold statement thanks to the bezel set 1.05-carat cushion cut center diamond and a halo of smaller diamonds which surrounds it. At I color and VS1 clarity, this antique diamond also has elements of an emerald cut in the cushion dimensions, making it both rare and spectacular.
Small diamonds adorn each shoulder, leading from the handcrafted platinum mounting to the triple wire shank.
Ruby Engagement Ring
Although diamonds have been the dominant stone for engagement rings for a long time, other gemstones are also regaining some of their previous standings. In particular, rubies are now a very popular choice. The ruby, thanks to its deep red color is the precious stone we most associate with the heart. The amazing ruby here is 2.24 carat is prong set and is flanked at each side by diamonds. These, in turn, have a half-halo of smaller diamonds.
The shank, shoulders, and gallery all have fine engraving which adds to the obvious feeling of skill and craftsmanship which has gone into this ruby ring.
The Linda Ring has, at its heart, a 1.10 ct, J color, Vs1 clarity old European cut diamond. The stone has a halo of smaller diamonds, in a platinum mounting. The gallery has a scroll motif, which adds to the femininity of the ring.
The antique center diamond is c.1920, and the ring has a triple wire shank.
Antique engagement rings are becoming increasingly rare, due to the original stones often being re-cut to bring them up to modern standards. Thankfully, this Victorian ring has managed to survive intact. The 2.50 ct oval sapphire has an 8 prong setting in yellow gold and has a halo of ten old-mine cut diamonds adding a total of 2.00 ct in weight.
The ornate gallery has a very open appearance. This allows maximum impact for the the sapphire and diamonds from any angle.
The Denmark Ring has a 1.03 ct, K color, VS2 clarity old European cut diamond. It French cut calibre sapphire accents and eight further old mine diamonds. The overall effect is very much of a fleur-de-lis motif, and the diamonds studded into the shoulders and shank add great delicacy to the appearance.
Fine milgrain adds further refinement, and the triple wire shank and platinum mounting are both of fine platinum.
The bold use of onyx in this ring makes it very unusual for an engagement ring, but high contrast stones are very popular at the moment. The hand carved onyx surrounds a 1.10 ct, J color, VS1 clarity antique emerald cut diamond.
The diamond and onyx both sit above an understated gallery which provides a subtle and very clean look to the finished ring.
The pear shape of the diamond of the Newry Ring carries through to the overall design of the mounting. Set in rose gold, and 0.98 ct, J color, and VS1 clarity, the diamond also has a halo containing a further 0.60 ct of diamonds.
The open gallery and prong setting of the center diamond adds a high degree of elegance to this very pretty and unusual engagement ring.
Leaf Motif Art Deco Ring
This stunning ring has elements of art deco and Edwardian motifs. The center diamond is dated c.1930 and is 1.02 ct, I color and VS2 clarity. Prong set, with a leaf motif on each shoulder finished with fine milgrain, the diamond is also set very high for maximum impact.
This ring is understated and oozes class from every angle.
Any halo ring has the potential to be spectacular. When there are two halos, and one of them is made up of sapphires, the results are just stunning. The antique cushion cut diamond is 1.54 ct, M color, and VS2 clarity. A halo of calibre cut natural sapphires makes the first halo, with a second outer halo of old mine cut diamonds.
The platinum gallery on this ring has fine open filigree and leads down to a triple wire shank.
Antique Aquamarine Ring
Aquamarine is seeing a massive surge in popularity thanks to its lovely color and affordability. This ring has a huge 3.94 ct aquamarine center stone, emerald cut, and is framed by several diamonds to provide good contrast and elegance.
The ring dates back to c.1925, and has intricate carvings on the shoulders.
Vintage Cluster Ring
This incredible cluster ring has 2.45 ct of diamonds in total. The center diamond is a rare 0.85 ct, I color, VS2 old mine cut diamond that is rare and spectacular. The prongs holding the center diamond are part of the lower gallery, allowing the halo to get as close as possible to the center stone.
The mounting is surprisingly delicate for such a large cluster of diamonds, and is made from platinum.
This beautiful Edwardian ring is dated c.1900 and has the classic floral design so typical of the period. The center emerald is 0.70 ct and is surrounded by a floral arrangement of rose cut diamonds and other smaller emeralds.
The top mounting is platinum and the gallery and shank are 18K yellow gold.
This geometric ring has strong influences from art deco in the design. The 1.01 ct, emerald cut diamond at the center is surrounded by a halo of calibre’ cut emeralds and a further halo of diamonds.
The handcrafted platinum gallery is incredibly intricate with lots of detail.
The Wells Ring
Named for, and inspired by the ancient cathedral city of Wells, in England, this incredible ring has a level of detail rarely seen. The center old European cut diamond is dated c.1930 and is 1.05 tc, I color and SI1 clarity. Further small diamonds are coupled with precise milgrain to create a lovely floral pattern to the finished ring.
The shoulders also have lots of detail, and the mounting has the diamond set high for maximum effect.
The Edwardian era produced some stunning rings, and this is a wonderful example of craftsmanship and technique. The 0.90 ct old European cut diamond has a halo of natural, calibre’ cut sapphires in an 18K yellow gold bezel. This is all set within a cluster of smaller diamonds.
The gallery is relatively shallow, allowing the center diamond to be the focal point.
Tips for Buying an Engagement Ring
First and foremost, do your research. The internet, for all its faults, is a great tool for looking at the styles of engagement rings that are now available. Buying online is also easier than ever, thanks to retailers embracing customer interaction though via digital means.
Don’t be afraid to try different styles. Some hands suit one style of ring, and others may suit a different style. Your fingers will determine whether you will suit a pear shaped center stone, for example, as it helps to lengthen the look of your hand.
Don’t be afraid to include estate jewelry in your search. Antique engagement rings have a history that is unique to them. It may well be that the jeweler will know something of the life of the ring which adds huge historical interest.
Most of all, enjoy the experience. Enjoy the search, and enjoy your choice. An engagement ring is a very special thing. You should make the most of it.