Ideas for Selling an Engagement Ring?

by Jesse
(Canada)

Hi, I had purchased an engagement ring for over $11000, got engaged a few months ago and both her and i weren't doing so well together anymore and we both decided to break up. She seems to have kept the ring and now tells me she is going to sell it. Is there any way of me stopping that from happening? I can't seem to get her to return it to me. Do I have a case for her not being able to sell it? I live in Alberta, Canada.

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Jul 07, 2009
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Broken Engagement- Who Keeps the Ring?
by: Anonymous

In Canada, the law favors whomever did NOT break off the engagement. If the evidence is that you broke off the enagagement, then the courts will favor you forfeiting the ring. However, if she was the one that broke off the engagement then the courts will favor having the ring returned to you. Hope that helps!

Feb 14, 2009
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Selling the ring
by: Anonymous

Here in Canada, the laws relating to engagements and engagement rings is determined at the provincial level as well. In Alberta, a precedent was set several years ago whereby the engagement ring was considered an offering for the sole purpose of marriage, and therefore must be returned if the engagement is broken off. I don't have the case information handy but should be able to find it if you email me.

I live in the province of Quebec, where there a similar precedent has been set. However, having legal title to someone and actually getting it back can be two entirely different things. The public embarassment for both parties at having to go to small claims court to get this resolved is not something everyone wants to do.

I feel strongly about this issue because this has happened to me… I spent $10,000 on a ring and jewelry, only to find my fiancee run off with the ring. I guess she got what she wanted. It's a lot of money, and it will take me 18 months to pay it off, but even despite all that I'm not sure if I will take her to court. I'd almost certainly win, but it seems such a painful way to resolve something that should be left between two individuals (and common sense) to work out.


Feb 14, 2009
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Selling the ring
by: Anonymous

Hi Jesse,

Here in the US, it appears as though the courts favor the return of the ring, if the engagement is broken off. I found a website online, http://www.divorceinfo.com/blog/?p=204 (See the correspondence which I copied below) where somebody from Canada was discussing their predicament with getting a ring returned. From what they're saying it also appears as though Canadian laws favors the return of the ring. I would check with your local court system to see if this is a case you could bring to a small claims court. If not, you may have to go one step further and hire a low-cost attorney.

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