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    October 20, 2015

    Selling your Engagement Ring. The Do’s and Dont’s

    Selling your engagement ring is unfortunate, but occasionally an engagement ends before the wedding even occurs. While there is sadness in seeing a relationship end, it is normally best or a couple to figure this out before the wedding than after it. However, there are certain issues that crop up that can be difficult to deal with from a logistical perspective. Most notably—“what happens to the ring?”

    While every breakup will be a little different, here are a few pieces of advice from expert sources to help you decide how to proceed with this touchy subject.

    It is a Personal Decision

    If the breakup is agreeable, the couple should be able to decide who keeps the ring. Perhaps it can be used as bargaining chip too—i.e., “you keep the ring, I’ll keep the sofa.” At the end of the day, it does not matter what anyone else says, it only matters what the couple decides.

    What Does the Law Say About What Happens to an Engagement Ring After a Broken Engagement?

    Unfortunately, not every breakup is harmonious. If the couple cannot agree as to whom keeps the ring, the law may need to intervene. This is a case where the results of the case may vary from state to state or even district to district. In most instances, an engagement ring is considered a gift. However, sometimes it may be thought of as a conditional gift. Cases are decided both ways, so it is important that parties understand that this is certainly not a straightforward type of legal case.

    What Does Etiquette Say Happens to the Ring if an Engagement is Broken?

    While law and personal decision may be uncertain, what about etiquette? Etiquette Queen Miss Manners states, in no uncertain terms, that the bride-to-be should return the ring. Her quote on the subject is “The laws of etiquette absolutely require you to return an engagement ring when the engagement is broken, for whatever reason and by however nasty a fiancé.” This is certainly another consideration when deciding what happens to the ring.

    After you have decided who gets the ring, there is a decision as to what to do with the ring. In many cases, the person who keeps it may be interested in selling it. If you would like more information about how to sell your engagement diamond ring in New York, contact us at Roy Herzl.

    We are a trusted, honest jeweler who will work with you to help you get the best price possible. Visit our store or contact us today to learn more about our jewelry buyer services. We look forward to helping you soon!


    We are interested in all kinds of precious jewelry, particularly diamonds of a carat or more. Please do not hesitate to contact us to make an appointment.

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