Stunning diamond engagement rings that costs less than $6000.
So, you are ready for that next step to buy an engagement ring and to plan the perfect proposal. There’s just one thing – you need to stay within a 6k budget for the ring purchase.
Would it be possible to get high quality workmanship and save money at the same time? And where would you find beautiful diamond engagement rings under $6000, you might ask?
We answer these questions and reveal everything you need to know to buy your dream ring. Read on!
First of all, $6,000 is a pretty good budget that opens up many options for a fantastic looking diamond ring. In fact, this is the average amount that Americans spend on an engagement ring based on a study we performed.
Since the entire cost of an engagement ring is made up of two main components (setting + center stone), the first thing you need to do is to determine your priorities and exactly what your recipient wants.
With a $6000 engagement ring budget, you will have a good variety of options available when making decisions. While this may seem like a good thing, the fact is, many people end up running around in circles because they don’t know what they want.
To avoid a problem like this, you need to figure out what she wants before you do anything else.
For example, if you know she wants a pave setting made with platinum which costs $2000, this immediately simplifies things as you have $4000 of budget left for the center stone.
Vice versa, if she’s expecting a diamond with a minimum size of 0.8 carats, you can realistically set aside an amount of $5000 for the center stone and that leaves you with $1000 for the setting.
Likewise, if you prefer diamonds with higher clarity and color, you can expect them to cost more and expect to go down lower in carat size as a compromise to stay within a certain price range.
At the end of the day, a bit of simple math and common sense will go a long way in helping you find that perfect ring.
When it comes to diamond rings, the most common misconception people have is to assume carat size, color or clarity are factors that determine the amount of sparkle a diamond has.
That’s completely wrong.
In fact, the biggest factor that directly affects the diamond’s appearance and sparkle is cut quality.
And if you are looking for a truly well cut diamond that has the maximum volume of light return and the best sparkle factor, you need to go beyond a grading report and use tangible performance data for assessment.
If you haven’t yet, make sure you check out this step by step guide to choosing a diamond like a pro.
Even though I’m a GIA trained diamond grader, I’m also a consumer like many of you. In fact, I’ve purchased a number of rings for my wife over the years. Here are practical guidelines I personally use to get the best value for money when buying an engagement ring:
Cut: AGS 000 or GIA 3Ex
Clarity: VS2 or SI1
Color: G or H
Carat: Depends on budget
Grading Report: GIA or AGS
As mentioned earlier, cut quality is the most important aspect when it comes to buying a diamond ring. It needs to be top notch if you want a bright, brilliant diamond with superb scintillation.
Attributes like clarity, color and carat size are largely up to personal preferences as long as the diamond is eyeclean. I personally find G color to be the sweet spot for a diamond to face up white without having to pay for a D color.
The other important thing about buying an engagement ring is to ensure that it comes with a reliable GIA or AGS grading report. This ensures an accurate assessment and protects you as a consumer to avoid ripoffs.
Unlike the typical brick and mortar store with limited selections, expensive prices and lousy sales policies, these vendors are customer-centric. Besides a deep selection of diamonds for you to cherry pick from, their rings are made with superb craftsmanship and are affordably priced.
And those aren’t the main reasons why they are highly recommended.
The one big difference between these online vendors and physical stores lie in TRANSPARENCY. By offering tangible information like HD videos and cut performance data, they make it really easy for you to make analytical assessment in a stress-free environment.
Here’s how the better vendors list their diamonds to help consumers…
Videos, magnified images and scope data for cut quality assessment are readily provided for you to make an educated decision.
The fact is, most other businesses will NEVER provide detailed data on this level because it reveals the kind of mediocre stuff they are selling. And the less informed and “dumber” you are, the easier it is for them to sell sub-par stuff.
For a 6000 dollar engagement ring, there are literally hundreds of available designs you can choose from and match with a well cut diamond. These are some of my favorite designs of what’s possible.
Hopefully, this can help kick start some ideas for your own ring.
The first example is a fantastic 0.822 ct G color VS2 diamond that is eyeclean and perfectly cut for performance. I’ve also selected an affordable Tacori designer ring to match the diamond and the total costs comes up to $5893 ($4593+$1300).
The use of a halo or smaller diamonds encircling the center stone can create the illusion of a single large looking diamond. In this next example, this floral design ring is a creative way to put a “bouquet of flowers” on her fingers literally.
A 1 carat mark is the psychological size that most women desire to have. Realistically, a six thousand dollars budget is going to be tight for a one ct ring but it is possible if you go lower in color/clarity for the center stone.
To show you how you can get a $6000 solitaire engagement ring with a 1ct center stone, I selected a K color SI1 diamond that is eyeclean and combined it with an elegant Vatche 18k solitaire design. The total cost comes up to $5,987 ($4,757+$1,230).
Fancy shape diamonds like the princess cut or cushion cut are also cheaper per carat. They are alternative options to consider if you are looking to hit the 1 carat size under 6k and you like their unique appearances.
Hopefully, you now know much more about buying a diamond ring for less than $6,000, where to look, and what to look out for. As a reminder, you should prioritize the recipient’s personal style and preferences.
Once you narrow down the details, staying within budget and finding that perfect ring becomes a straightforward process. With that, we’ve come to the end of this article. Have fun shopping!