(Closed) Encore Brides: What did you do with rings from previous marriage?

posted 9 years ago in Encore
  • poll: What did you do with rings from a previous marriage?
    Trade in for my new engagement ring : (18 votes)
    11 %
    Trade in for my groom's wedding band : (8 votes)
    5 %
    Used stones in a new piece of jewelry : (18 votes)
    11 %
    other : (114 votes)
    72 %
  • Post # 92
    325 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013 - Piney River Ranch

    I held onto my rings for about a year after our divorce became final, because I told me ex I wouldn’t sell them.  Well, I had a change of heart and decided to sell them and my diamond earrings that he had given me.  Sold the earrings at a jeweler.  They weren’t offering me enough for my rings, so I put them up for sale on IDoNowIDont.com.  They sat there for a few weeks until I got an offer for about double what the jewelers offered me.  Still wasn’t anywhere close to what my ex paid for them, but I was sick of seeing them in my jewelery box.  Sold them and put the money in my wedding savings account.

    Post # 93
    2965 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I pawned the ring. Got gas money for it… that was all it was worth 🙁

    Post # 94
    292 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I gave mine to my SO to trade in for a new ring.  The diamond was pretty but I don’t like the karma that went with it.  That’s why I don’t want a vintage ring, what if it came from a bad marriage and carried over to mine???

    Post # 95
    5063 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I sold my wedding ring and used it as a deposit for a holiday with my new partner! A great way to start anew. It was a wonderful holiday and memories.

    Post # 96
    4943 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Mine are sitting in my jewelry box. I had a marquis solitaire with a wrap that had a trillion on each side. My wedding band and anniversary band were matching and had baguettes.


    It doesn’t bother me to reuse the stones or whatnot because I don’t believe in bad vibes/energy/etc. It’s just jewelry to me. So I’m thinking of turning the marquis into a necklace and the trillions into earrings! Not sure what to do with the baguette bands though.

    I might just wear them sometime on my right hand as simple rings, because like I said, they are just jewelry to me, nothing sentimental anymore.

    Post # 97
    899 posts
    Busy bee

    I also don’t believe in reusing old jewelry from failed realtionships. Too much bad karma and energy!

    I sold mine during my divorce proceedings and paid my lawyer.

    Post # 98
    1575 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I believe my wedding band is somewhere in the Delaware River because that’s where I tossed it. I still have the engagement ring. Why? Beats me!

    Post # 99
    642 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I am not en encore bride, but my mom is. 

    When I got engaged, she gave me the ring my dad gave her. Even though the ring has no meaning to her anymore, it still has meaning to me. My Fiance and I designed a band together and had the ring custom made with the diamond from my mom’s original engagement ring. We’re using the gold from the original setting and wedding band to make my fiance’s wedding band, so both his ring and mine came from the same ring. And I like the symbolism that we’re taking something broken, yet still meaningful, and making it whole.

    Post # 100
    515 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I didn’t have an e-ring from my first husband, but we did have nice wedding bands. I’m a sentimentalist. I’ve kept it all these years and don’t plan to get rid of it. I’ve also kept a sapphire ring given to me by an ex-boyfriend that I was quite serious with. I don’t have any ill will surrounding them and at the time they were given to me, they were given as an expression of love. It’s hard for me to view them in any other context. I keep them packed away out of sight, but I probably won’t ever get rid of them.

    Post # 101
    1715 posts
    Bumble bee

    I put mine on ebay and sent him the winning bid notice.

    I’m not nice.

    He deserved it.

    Post # 102
    255 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I kept the diamonds to give to my daughter when she is older (perhaps a necklace for sweet 16?).  I sold the gold.

    Post # 103
    701 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @kellyb53:  omg! I wonder how often this happens??

    Post # 104
    242 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I lost them 🙁 When I knew we were over, I stopped wearing my rings, but would carry them with me in my purse. Well it had been at least 2 mos or so and I bought a new purse..I thought I had cleared everything out of it, but there was a small hole in the lining and I would always lose $$ there. I had decided to throw out the purse – and about 3-4 wks later while listening to a song about a ring, I realized that I didnt have them. I am still bummed to this day, because I would have given that to our daughter. 

    But because he and I were in such a horrible place, hell he could have gone in there and took it back…I will never really know.

    Post # 105
    1086 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I took it back to Kay (where it was bought) and got like 2/3 of the money back for it loooong before ever getting engaged again

    Post # 106
    131 posts
    Blushing bee

    I didn’t trade it in, I traded it UP, just like going from a boy to a man.  😉

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