When someone posts an ad for an engagement ring, you may suppose their marriage has pitched and burnt, ending up in a split and the sale of all reminders of the other person.
There are other reasons thousands of Canadians are selling their jewels on Facebook buy and sell pages, Kijiji and Varagesale.
Monetary trouble, last-minute loans and activity plan mix-ups are some of the reasons these shapes of responsibility can end up for sale.
One Regina man told CBC News his involvement didn't work out and he was trying to get $7,000 for the ring he bought for over $15,000 just eight months before. A member of a Facebook sell and buy group of people said she bought the ring she was selling at an auction thinking her boyfriend could give it to her, but later identified out he had already acquired one himself.
Other posters had been just divorced, including one woman who wrote a poetic ad for a Vera Wang ring she was selling for nearly $9,000 on Varagesale.
" Met a boy, married that boy-- big mistake, boy turned out to be a liar and a cheat. Time to sell the ring and go to Mexico to celebrate!"
Whose ring is it?
Amanda Sundell's ring didn't make it down the aisle.
The Saskatoon woman said she ended her past engagement prior to the "I do's." Most recently, she posted her 14-carat white gold ring on Facebook for $1,000 after her loving relationship ended badly.
Sundell said currently there was some difference over who the ring actually belonged to.
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" When you give anybody something, I don't feel like you can just take something back," Sundell said. "He did demand it back from me, but I also gave him a car and he refused to give me my car back. So I just kept the ring." Sarah Knudson, associate professor of sociology at the University of Saskatchewan, said engagement rings are usually seen as a conditional gift, both according to North American etiquette norms and in the eyes of the law. Essentially, it is widely thought that you can only keep it if you go through with the wedding.
" The majority of advice out there does say give it back, but there is a lot of pushback to that as well," said Knudson. "If the woman was cheated on, there's undoubtedly a feeling that she's owed that ring to keep. And that's often why these things might rise into a legal situation because she feels wronged and she actually doesn't view that as something that was conditional, she views it as a gift that was provided freely."
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Knudson said research shows that an engagement should allow time for a couple to not only plan their wedding event, but also discuss their goals and enrol in pre-marital counselling. She said the typical engagement now lasts a little more than a year.
More people are being roommates with before becoming engaged, with most spending more than a year in a fully commited relationship prior to engagement, Knudson said.
Regardless of this, many still fail. And there is often a common thread.
" One of the top good reasons couples, whether they are dating, engaged or married, break up, is because of financial differences," Knudson said. "So it's really not surprising that this is a thorny issue. And it's really not astonishing that there are different emotions about it as well."
Other people are also investing more on rings.
Knudson said the old rule in Canada was to save one month's wage to buy an engagement ring. Now, on average, Canadians are spending about $6,000.
" Even if you were to compare that to the 1960s and the 1970s, the bar has gotten a lot higher for how spectacular a ring is and how much money they're spending on it," she said. "It's a lot easier to buy these rings on credit and read more to pay them off over time."
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According to Knudson, a trend in pricier jewelry has gone hand in hand with a general rise in standard of living across the board. People have more cars, more clothes and take more trips.
And the average stone size for engagement rings is one carat.
Why go online?
Over a year since her engagement was broken off, Sundell still had her old ring, but she finally decided to list it online.
" My present-day partner wanted me to get rid of it," she said. "It doesn't really mean anything to me and I can't absolutely wear it because it was given to me by somebody else that I'm not with."
Before posting the ad, Sundell said she took opal engagement rings the ring to a jeweller who encouraged her to sell it herself because she could get more money for it.
Knudson said it's an identical concept to promoting your house without a realtor. You can make as much money as possible without someone else taking a percentage off of the top.