3 Options for Your Ring After A Breakup

3 Options for Your Ring After A Breakup

Posted by Lourdes McKeen on May 24, 2017
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So your relationship has hit the rocks. Your dream of happily ever after had an unfortunate, sad ending. You’ve meditated to move on from your heartbreak and you’re well on your way to feeling like a single, empowered woman.

What comes next? Are you packing your stuff to move out? Planning a post break-up adventure? Before you move on to the next step, have a think about what you’re going to do with that engagement ring.

The best form of closure is saying goodbye to all mementos from that chapter of your life. Here are some ideas of what you can do with that symbol of ex-love.


Give the Ring Back

Depending on where you live, you may have to abide by a state law requiring you to give the ring back because it was a gift.  In these states, the ring is considered a conditional gift. If the condition is not met, i.e., if there is no marriage, ownership reverts to the person who purchased the ring. States adopting this approach include New York, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Tennessee, and Wisconsin, among others.

In other states, the engagement ring is seen as an unconditional gift that can be kept by the bride regardless of the circumstances.

Generally speaking, it is considered good etiquette for a woman to offer to return the ring after a broken engagement.


Turn Something Old into Something New!

So you’ve decided to keep the ring. What do you do with it? You may be feeling torn because you love the diamonds in the ring but don’t want to be reminded of your relationship. Why not repurpose the ring and have it made into something new?

It would be a shame not to make use of those beautiful precious metals and gemstones.

Thanks to sites like Pinterest, there is a world of inspiration to give you ideas about what to have made. Fancy a new pair of earrings? How about a necklace?  The possibilities are endless!


Sell It!

Did you have a bitter break-up and now you want nothing to do with the ring? The best way to get rid of it is to sell it! Chances are, it is worth a pretty penny and who couldn’t do with an extra bit of cash?

If you plan on going this route, it is wise to get the ring appraised. This way you can have a clear idea of how much the metal and stones are worth. Knowing the theoretical market value will be beneficial when you’re deciding on a price to sell the ring.

‘If you chose not to sell your ring on Never Liked It Anyway, there are some other options for you.

Three options for selling your wedding ring:

1.Take it to a gold dealer: Gold dealers take jewelry and melt it down to repurpose it. As such, when they are buying the ring, they are going to pay you for the value for the metal.

2. Take it to a jeweler: Jewelers are interested in buying your ring as a single piece and will give you a price based on the value of both the metal and the stones. Keep in mind if the ring is visibly tarnished you may end up getting less money than anticipated.

3. Auction it: Is your ring unique? You may consider auctioning it off! This is a great way to get a higher price from those who are interested in rings with special characteristics.

No one enters an engagement or marriage with the thought of the relationship ending. A break-up can be a difficult and confusing time as you say goodbye to what could have been.

Whatever you decide to do, make sure you take the time to consider all your options carefully.





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