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What to Do with Your Engagement Ring After Your Divorce

May 1, 2017 - Relationship Articles
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After a divorce, the engagement ring still retains significant meaning and value to the parties involved. Many people who have just gone through a divorce are left wondering: what should I do with my engagement ring? Four of the most popular ways to handle the engagement ring after a divorce are:

  1. Keep the Ring
  2. Upgrade the Ring
  3. Give the Ring Back to Your Ex
  4. Sell the Ring for Cash



  1. Keep the Ring

Everyone feels differently after a divorce. It may be that the last thing you want to do is part with your engagement ring. If they do not feel negatively about their divorce, some people choose to save their engagement rings to pass on to their children or grandchildren. There is no right or wrong, it is simply a personal decision.

  1. Upgrade the Ring

Turn the ring into a new piece of jewelry to symbolize a new start in your life. You have the option of keeping the band and upgrading the stone or upgrading the entire piece. Maybe the engagement ring was never your style or you simply don’t want the reminder. Upgrading the engagement ring to something new and of your choice can be an empowering choice.

  1. Give the Ring Back to Your Ex

Another option that some women choose is to return their engagement ring back to their ex. If an engagement is called off, the fiancé may have a legal right to the possession of the ring. In the case of divorce, if the ring is a family heirloom of your ex-husband’s, then you may consider returning it to his family. Returning the ring may help you move past the situation.

  1. Sell the Ring for Cash

One of the most popular options is to sell your engagement ring. If you’re ready to move on, your ring can get you cash that you can use on a vacation, put towards a new house, spend on legal bills, or even save for your children. It can be cathartic to get rid of a reminder of the past instead of letting it collect dust in the back of your closet. Selling the ring is a great way to move on both financially and emotionally from the past.



If you are wondering “is it ok to sell my engagement ring?”, then the answer is yes. It is ok and it is common practice. Once the relationship is over, there is no need to feel guilt about selling the ring or any other items that belong to you and remind you of your divorce. Divorce instigates a lot of change and part of that is letting the past go. Rather than leave the ring out of sight in a drawer to gather dust, why not tackle this last physical reminder of the marriage? Sell it and use the money on something that you will benefit from. Some people find that selling their engagement ring can help them heal and start over again after divorce.

The bottom line is that you should only ever do something that you feel comfortable with. But if you feel ready to let go of the ring, it can be a cathartic move that helps you put the past behind you and your future in front of you.


Whether you are still making a decision or have decided that you are ready to part with your engagement ring and would like to receive cash for it, you may be wondering: how much is my engagement ring worth?

There are a few factors that will ultimately determine the value of your engagement ring. These factors are:

Brand If your ring is from a notable brand or luxury brand, it may have more value.
Condition The better the condition of your ring, the more it is worth.
Quality of Diamonds Engagement rings typically have a central diamond that can be analyzed based on the “Four C’s” – clarity, cut, carat, and color. A diamond expert can assess the value of your diamond based on these characteristics.
Market Conditions If your style of ring is in high demand in the marketplace at the time of sale, it will be worth more.



The fastest and simplest way to sell an engagement ring is to a specialized online diamond buyer. At WP Diamonds:

  • The entire process is free of charge and selling can take as little as 2 days.
  • Many of our customers are divorced or divorcing, so we understand your decision to sell the engagement ring.
  • We pride ourselves on our A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and offering a safe and seamless service.
  • Our GIA trained gemologists will provide you with a quick quote for your ring a well as free shipping and insurance of your ring to our headquarters for a final price and appointments to meet our experts in person.

Find out more about WP Diamonds by clicking here and read our online reviews here.



If you are looking to sell both your engagement ring and wedding rings, WP Diamonds can make you a competitive offer for both pieces. We price your engagement ring and factor in the metal (and, if applicable, any other gemstones) of your wedding ring. Contact us today to find out how much you could receive for your wedding ring set. Fill out our online form or call 646 758 0270.

how to sell the engagement ring


  1. Fill out the online form
  2. Receive your initial valuation
  3. Make an appointment or send in your item by mail (we offer free, fully insured FedEx Priority Overnight shipping labels)
  4. Receive your final price and get paid

Whether you are divorced or still in the process of getting a divorce, when and what you decide what to do with the engagement ring is entirely up to you. It is important to make a decision that you are comfortable with. Whether you are looking to sell or simply inquiring to find out much your ring is worth and then make a decision once you have a price, WP Diamonds is here to help.

Bio: Written by one of our diamond, designer jewelry or luxury watch experts. With over 150 years of combined experience, our experts are able to comment on trends, share industry knowledge and provide diamond, designer jewelry and luxury watch education.

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