Return the ring when the wedding is off? Part 2
Most of us were raised that once a gift is given it is yours to do with as you please. Asking for a gift back earned you the derogatory name of “Indian-giver.” In general, gifts cannot be revoked once given. However, with engagement rings? A diamond is a symbol of eternal love, no other stone has created more passion or romances than the diamond in the history. So, if the wedding is off, should you keep the ring?
In North America, engagement rings are considered “conditional gifts” which means the ring – is given on the condition of marriage. As a result, if the marriage does not happen, the ring should rightfully be returned to the giver. In this situation, the ring doesn’t become the property of the recipient until the marriage takes place. So, what if you didn’t decide to end the engagement but your fiancé did?
Some people say that it doesn’t matter who ended the engagement; the ring goes back to the giver. Tradition has generally held that if the engagement fails as a result of the giver’s actions, they aren’t entitled to the ring back. Conversely, if the recipient is the cause of an engagement’s end, they should return the ring which was what happened to one of my girlfriend. In today’s society, these traditions don’t always hold sway and unpleasant legal situations can arise.