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Wedding's Called Off: Would You Keep the Ring?

Wedding's Called Off: Would You Keep the Ring?

As a bride to be, if you had to do the unthinkable and call off your wedding, what would you do with the ring? Colette DiPierro, 28, decided to keep hers, and now she's being sued by her former fiancé for not returning the $17,500 bling. At first I thought, if the guy cheated on her or if he had been the one to call it off, that could warrant the right to keep it, but even though that wasn't the case, she might have good reason to hold on to it. Allegedly, he wasn't paying rent or bills when they lived together, so she sees it as reimbursement.

But I want to know: what call would you make?

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Florida-Snow Florida-Snow 6 years
NO you don't keep the ring! How thoughtless! The other partner gives the ring as a symbol of promise, as an investment, and if these things disintegrate then the symbols of this ring are now invalid. That's a lot of money tossed down to tubes for this guy/girl, I know if I had given a ring I would want it back if it didn't go through!
dexaholic dexaholic 6 years
I gave mine back. I didn't want the reminder...
bunnyhorse bunnyhorse 6 years
Two things come to mind. First, that's WAY too much money for a ring. My fiance made our wedding bands, and they're so much more special than anything that could be bought in a store. We'd rather spend money on things that matter, like our future together.Second, the poll doesn't really match up with the story. The couple in the story have other issues. The poll reminds me of when my first serious boyfriend and I broke up. We had planned to marry, and he had given me his mother's locket, which she thought should be passed down to his future wife. When we broke up, he refused to take it back, and I have felt horribly guilty about it ever since. I have still considered quietly returning it to his mother.
bunnyhorse bunnyhorse 6 years
Two things come to mind. First, that's WAY too much money for a ring. My fiance made our wedding bands, and they're so much more special than anything that could be bought in a store. We'd rather spend money on things that matter, like our future together. Second, the poll doesn't really match up with the story. The couple in the story have other issues. The poll reminds me of when my first serious boyfriend and I broke up. We had planned to marry, and he had given me his mother's locket, which she thought should be passed down to his future wife. When we broke up, he refused to take it back, and I have felt horribly guilty about it ever since. I have still considered quietly returning it to his mother.
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
I would rather he call off the wedding then go into a marriage with doubts though. I would be more inclined to keep the ring if he cheated rather than just broke up for other reasons.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
if i call it off - i give it back if he calls it off - i get to keep it that's all! if you don't want me to keep the ring, then don't break up with me/cheat on me/be a douche etc. etc.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
if i call it off - i give it backif he calls it off - i get to keep itthat's all! if you don't want me to keep the ring, then don't break up with me/cheat on me/be a douche etc. etc.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
No, I would NEVER do this. I don't understand it. For one, I don't necessarily think of it as a gift. You don't get an engagement ring just because, but because there's an expectation of marriage behind it. If she'd said no, would he have said "Oh, well take this anyway?" I don't think so. I just think it's incredibly tacky to keep the ring or to sell it after a break-up and it bugs me when women think they're somehow entitled to it.
inlove23 inlove23 6 years
I'm seriously surprised that no one mentioned the price. Almost 20 k!! That is a brand new car, or a down payment on a house. That is ridiculous!!!!! I don't understand why she would want to keep it though, it's not like she will use it when she actually gets married, and her husband is gonna be pissed because her ex-fiance gave it to her. So why bother the future drama? Or if she doesn't marry anyone why would she wear it? People are gonna be like awh, when's the wedding? [enter awkward break up story here]. This is just not even necessary. Give it back.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 6 years
If I were in her situation, then yes, I would keep the ring, but I don't know what I would do otherwise.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 6 years
If the ring had my grand mothers stone, like another poster, I would certainly keep it, and if he insisted on having the ring back, I would take the stone out and give him the setting. Other than a situation like that, I think the ring should be returned, regardless of what happened in the relationship.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 6 years
No. If I had to call off an engagement/wedding, I would give the ring back to who gave it to me. A) It is not as if you can wear it again. B) I would not want to hold onto a memento of "what could have been." C) I just find it tacky to keep it. That simple.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 6 years
No. If I had to call off an engagement/wedding, I would give the ring back to who gave it to me. A) It is not as if you can wear it again. B) I would not want to hold onto a memento of "what could have been." C) I just find it tacky to keep it. That simple.
teegaall teegaall 6 years
If he cheated on me, I might sell it. But if it was for any other reason, I'd probably give it back. Why would I keep a ring from a guy that I'm not marrying?
kurniakasih kurniakasih 6 years
jocupcake, yes, he did! LOL. That was low, and I can't believe it too since he gave my laptop away to the other woman. And I found that out because the other woman was looking for him too *he just left the state* and she found me--and found out that he was engaged/not single like he told her!<--Sometimes when I told of my past, I felt like I was telling a segment of Maury or Jerry Springer LOL.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 6 years
jocupcake, yes, he did! LOL. That was low, and I can't believe it too since he gave my laptop away to the other woman. And I found that out because the other woman was looking for him too *he just left the state* and she found me--and found out that he was engaged/not single like he told her!<--Sometimes when I told of my past, I felt like I was telling a segment of Maury or Jerry Springer LOL.
lotuslight lotuslight 6 years
I'm a law student and we've had to deal with this question. In most states he has no legal entitlement to get the ring back. It isn't an enforceable contract either. In theory, and emotionally it is a contract. But, not in legal terms. If he owed her money that she had a reasonable expectation of reimbursement for (which she could sue him for, by the way), she was entitled to recoup her losses, and pay him back the rest. However, was the engagement ring the right avenue for this? That is a moral question, but likely to be deemed alright in court, depending on small variations in state law.
lotuslight lotuslight 6 years
I'm a law student and we've had to deal with this question. In most states he has no legal entitlement to get the ring back. It isn't an enforceable contract either. In theory, and emotionally it is a contract. But, not in legal terms. If he owed her money that she had a reasonable expectation of reimbursement for (which she could sue him for, by the way), she was entitled to recoup her losses, and pay him back the rest. However, was the engagement ring the right avenue for this? That is a moral question, but likely to be deemed alright in court, depending on small variations in state law.
jocupcake jocupcake 6 years
Nevaeh, he took your bike and laptop? That is low.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 6 years
It depends, but by law, I believe it is different for every states the legality of an engagement ring. So depending on the states, whoever buys the ring, probably can sue and get it back if the other party cancel it..... In my case, my ex-fiancee ran off after I broke it off, and never asked for it back (because he owed me at least 10 times more money than the cost of the engagement ring--not to mention, he took my lap top and bike too, while I get to keep the engagement ring and parts of his collection of GI Joes). I ended up pawning it. :p I don't want to keep it around.
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