What is the etiquette of engagement rings? Our specific question is, since the groom left the bride BEFORE they got married, can she keep the ring? It’s an incredible rock and he can easily afford it because he has lots of money. What to do?

Dear What to do,

I’m sorry to hear of this broken engagement. Matters of the heart are never easy. The honourable gesture is to return the ring.

Put the entire situation into a larger perspective.

The ring is based on the promise of marriage. Therefore when this promise doesn’t happen, keeping the ring puts your bride in the wrong.

 

We wouldn’t want the bride to appear opportunistic and thus greedy. And between us, I personally believe by returning the ring she will surround herself with good karma for the next great man in her life!

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