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Who Keeps The Ring When the Engagement Ends? It All Depends

February 11, 2020 12:26 pm Published by Stephen M. Roche


Ah, the engagement ring—symbol of love and commitment. After the big question is popped, it’s the first thing friends and family ask to see, a marker of taste and income, a family heirloom-to-be. It is also often expensive, featuring diamonds or other precious gems. A popular rule of thumb (though certainly not a requirement) is that the ring’s cost should be three times the giver’s monthly salary. According to one survey, the average cost of an engagement ring in the U.S. is $5,900.

So if the couple splits up before the wedding, what happens to the ring? Can the recipient keep it? Or must it be returned to the donor who footed the hefty bill?

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