He asked the Big Question. You said “Yes!” He slipped the dazzling diamond ring on to your finger. You gazed into each other’s eyes. Then…something went awry. The magic left as quickly as it came and the engagement was officially switched to “off” status. So…now the even Bigger Question: keep or give back the ring?
There are obviously two schools of thought on this highly sensitive issue. On one hand, the ring can be viewed as a present from one person to another; and a present is not something that is typically given back to the bestower. On the other, the ring symbolizes the inception of an eternal union; if that union doesn’t even have a chance to come to fruition, the current holder of the ring really shouldn’t bear claim to it. We’ll begin with the former.