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You Asked: Can I Reuse My Old Engagement Ring?


Dear Sugar,

I was engaged two and a half years ago but things didn't work out and we broke up. I still have the ring, which I picked out and I still love — it's my absolute dream engagement ring.

My new boyfriend and I have been talking pretty seriously about getting engaged, and I was wondering if it would be horrible to use my old ring again. I was thinking of getting a band added to it or maybe getting it blessed by my church, but is that totally tacky and weird? — Trying to be Practical Becky

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Dear Being Practical Becky,

I understand that you love this engagement ring, and while I don't think it's weird to want to reuse it, I do think it's imperative that you talk with your boyfriend and ask him how he feels about the matter before giving it any more thought. Since that ring was originally given to you by another man — a relationship that didn't work out mind you — he might have some strong aversions to you wearing it again under different pretenses.

If he has no problem with the idea, I say go for it! I would recommend, however, doing something to it to make it feel unique to your current relationship. Add a band like you said, or reset the stone — anything to make it seem new again.

I hope I was of some help and hopefully you can put the ring to good use soon!

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