Should You Return the Ring?

Image courtesy of [Sharron Goodyear] /

Image courtesy of [Sharron Goodyear] /

When did this happen? What could I have done differently? I am sure that you have either posed these questions or someone has asked you. Why? Broken engagements, unfulfilled promises, and damaged relationships are common in society. Relationships, personal or professional, can be complicated! Despite your best intentions, you cannot control how the other person will react over time. If money (especially large sums) is involved, things can get out of control! Mario Williams, an NFL player, is learning that the hard way.

Although there are numerous examples of other professional athletes being rejected after splurging on girlfriends, Mario plunged ahead. After a one year relationship, his fiancé chose to end things! Now, the Buffalo Bills defensive end wants to recoup some of the money that he spent. Actually, he wants the 10-carat engagement ring back. At a whopping $785,000, I can imagine that he does want it back! Since his former fiancé did not return the ring, Williams is suing her. While she appears to be a gold digger, there are two sides to this story.

Who told him to spend that amount? Did she insist on that carat size? As Al Green so aptly sang, love can make you do wrong (and right)! Since the love and happiness are gone, he wants the ring back. He claims that she agreed to return it; so, she violated an agreement. Aren’t disagreements common in relationships? Clearly, I have mixed emotions about this whole notion of returning the ring! Are there any specific rules or conditions for this? You might want to check the laws on returning a ring.

This situation has a ring to it, but I didn’t know what I know now! In third grade, a guy gave me a bracelet with my name on it. My parents made me return it immediately! I didn’t know that incident was just preparing me for adulthood. One guy requested the return of his ring, and another guy was reminded that his ring was given as a gift! I don’t know about Mario’s fiancé, but I accepted those rings in good faith. Perhaps some people should not put a ring on it if they expect it to be returned.

What do you think? Have you ever experienced someone requesting a ring after the relationship ended? Let me know in the comments. Thank you.

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