The story is set in modern-day. A ring has been stolen - it's hand-crafted, one of a kind and was commissioned by a wealthy client.
I want to describe a fairly expensive men's wedding band. I was picturing a gold titanium band with a fairly sizeable ruby. However when I did an internet price check I had trouble finding a reliable price range for something like this. Everything article on the metal I turn up seems to indicate that high-quality titanium (rubies aside) is fairly expensive, but every example of a titanium band I find on the internet is ridiculously cheap. I'm inclined to believe that online jewelry stores aren't really selling very high priced titanium, but that still leaves me with no real idea of what wikipedia means by expensive. I'd appreciate any kind of window that could be provided, price-wise. And if there's a suggestion for something that might suit better than titanium, by all means, please let me know.
My goal is to have a ring that is a) expensive enough that the client would have had to be fairly wealthy to afford it at all b) valuable enough that the shop owner is frantic about it being stolen and c) valuable enough that threats of a lawsuit won't seem ridiculously over the top.
Search terms used:
Google: titanium rings, titanium jewelry, men's titanium rings, price of titanium jewelry, titanium wedding bands, how expensive is titanium jewelry, men's wedding bands titanium prices
Wikipedia: Titanium, titanium jewelry, titanium rings
I have also looked at Sotheby's auction site and while I found a great deal of ruby jewelry, most of it was ether gold or platinum. Would the prices be comparable?
I also searched the community tags for terms like "jewelry, rings, wedding" etc and found this page which is proving extremely helpful for pricing the ruby.
ETA: Thanks to everyone who answered. That was exactly what I needed!