What Does A $10,000 Engagement Ring Look Like in 2022?

Editor’s Note: This post has been revamped and updated for 2022 and beyond!

What engagement ring can you get for a $10,000 budget is? It depends! Believe it or not, rings with a 5-figure price tag are quite diverse. Generally speaking, here are the specs you can expect to find in today's market with a $10k budget.

Finding your sweet spot of carat and color

How big of a ring can you get for $10,000?

As you probably know, the price of an engagement ring is generally dictated by the 4 C's (carat, color, clarity, and cut). In the vintage world, which is what we deal in here at Victor Barboné, the price is more accurately dictated by carat, color, clarity, and rarity.

The first step is to determine which of these factors is most important to you and your partner. The main two that most people focus on are carat weight and color.

Some gals desire a white diamond, which would fall in the D-E-F color range. If that's the case, you will likely need to search for a ring with a center stone under 1-carat in order to stay within your $10,000 budget.

On the flip side, if you're open to a stone in the K-L-M color range, which is our fave here at AB and where you get the most bang for your buck, you can get a center stone somewhere in the 1.5-carat range!

Where things get tricky is with authentic antique or signed pieces (signed = Tiffany's, Cartier, etc). Due to the rarity of these rings the price can increase significantly. You can still find plenty of authentic vintage engagement rings for under $10,000, but you may need to be flexible on the other specs of the diamond.

How to get the most bang for your buck with a $10,000 budget for an engagement ring

If you're looking to spend $10k or less on an engagement ring, here are a few ring styles to consider without sacrificing any "wow" factor. Check out the video of each ring below to see for yourself!

Three-stone Rings

A three-stone ring allows you to get more finger coverage by using beautiful side stones to compliment your center diamond.

Marielle 1.03

1.03ct Old European Cut Diamond


1.03ct old european cut three stone ring


Halo Engagement Rings

The presence of extra diamonds in your ring results in an immense amount of sparkle while also producing the illusion that the center stone is significantly larger than its actual carat weight.


Vintage 0.74ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond


edwardian halo engagement ring

Gemstone Engagement Rings

If you're looking to get a "big" look and you're open to something other than a diamond center stone, you can certainly find a lovely emerald, ruby, sapphire, or other gemstone $10k engagement ring.


Vintage 2.50ct Colombian Emerald


art deco emerald ring


Vintage Edwardian Era Ring, approximately 3.80 carats.


vintage sapphire ring under 10k


3.00ct Tourmaline Ring

3.00ct tourmaline ring



What is the Best Engagement Ring for a $10k Budget?

Here are some of our current favorite pieces from the Victor Barboné collection that are in this price range. Follow the link for full pricing, videos, and details!


Vintage Opal Cluster Ring

vintage opal cluster ring

Such a unique outlay of stones. The opals have a beautiful rainbow of colors and are accented perfectly by bright antique diamonds.


Alexandria 1.12

1.12ct Pear Cut Diamond 

 vintage pear engagement ring

A beautiful, low-profile piece that combines a pear shape with OEC sides to get that perfect finger span.



Vintage 0.55ct Old European Cut Diamond

 vintage art deco cluster ring

An absolutely stunning true antique piece. Stunning stones are in this sleek geometric layout that sits so low on the finger and takes up great real estate.



Pearl Toi et Moi Ring

vintage victorian pearl ring

A finger-wrapping antique beauty with delightful stones.


Emmy 1.07

1.07ct Old European Cut Diamond

emmy 1.07

Clean, classic, and minimalist to show off the beauty of the antique diamond at the center.


More From Victor Barboné

There are many more rings in the Victor Barboné collection. Browse our full collection of rings under $10,000 today to find your perfect ring!

Shop All Rings Under $10,000

June 26, 2019 — Andria Rogers

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