Too bad to keep, too good to hock

What to do with 14-carat reminders of a no-account ex?


Lynn Harris
April 23, 2008 9:16PM (UTC)

What to do with that old engagement ring? You know, after you whip it at your lying, cheating ex-fiancé?

Keepsake? Yeah, right. EBay? So impersonal. Pirates? It'll only do more damage.

Now, as today's New York Times reports, there may be a more appealing option: an auction site called ExBoyfriendJewelry.com (tag line: "You don't want it. He can't have it back").

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At first glance, I cringed. After all, I consider most public expressions of us vs. him (or her) anti-ex bitterness to be inelegant, tacky, TMI. That said, I will also give a pass to just about anything with real humor and heart. And this site, I must admit (which is not hetero only), has inspired some gems of poignant free verse.

The description for some Celtic knot earrings: "At some point, he began to take fabulous trips to Ireland. Without me." For an engagement ring and wedding band: "Hey, Mom and Dad. Remember that time I got married really young?" (Her offer: "I can't pay you back for the wedding, but I'll split whatever I get for these with you.") For an emerald ring, this novella: "It was 1989 on Long Island. Poison and Paula Abdul were battling for the top billboard spots. He was 19, drove a white honda crx and rocked skidz; I smoked marlboro lights and lied about my age of 14. We fell in love over whoppers and the run dmc that pumped out of his ridiculously large speakers. When he bought me this emerald and diamond ring from Sears, it was probably the single best thing that had ever happened to me. I wore it all up and down that high school with pride. But soon enough, it was time to trade my gold for silver as the 80s gave way to the 90s. I got into Nirvana and Ani DiFranco and it was clear that an ocean of Drakkar Noir lay between us."

And, for some clip-on earrings: "Clip ons. Clip ons!"

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There's also an area of the site for "Gifts That Should Have Been Jewelry."

I see just one pitfall, really: the perhaps inevitable description reading "I dumped him because he bought my engagement ring used from this site!"


Lynn Harris

Award-winning journalist Lynn Harris is author of the comic novel "Death by Chick Lit" and co-creator of BreakupGirl.net. She also writes for the New York Times, Glamour, and many others.

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