I'm just wondering what you all think about how the ring should be handled when a relationship comes to an end and an engagement is broken off?
I know I'm late on this one, just moved into a new house so I'm playing catchup on my cyber haunts. This topic hits close to home as I've actually been in this situation.
First, do you think the women should keep the ring or give it back to the man?
As the ring is a conditional gift (i.e. a promise of marriage), proper decorum and logic dictates that the ring be returned if the engagement is called off. That being said, when my ex broke off the engagement I didn't ask for it back and she ended up selling it to pay her bills.
Second, what do you think the man should do with the ring if he gets it back, assuming it cannot be returned for a refund?
Sell it. Barring that, donate it to charity.
Third, women, would it be offensive to you to be given the same engagement ring that was given back to a man in his previous relationship?
Not a woman, but I will say that I wouldn't give the ex's ring to the new betrothed. I've always hated hand-me-downs...
Fourth, men what would you personally do if you found yourself in this situation with say a $4,000-$6,000 ring that is not returnable?
Personally, I'd sell it online and use whatever funds that were gained on household expenses.