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** Alice is single, but she has a "purity ring" from her church youth group days.


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** Alice is now in her 20's or 30's, and has decided that purity rings are an outdated and sexist custom, that her worth as a partner and in the eyes of {{God}} is not/should not be contingent upon her virginity/lack thereof, and/or that this religion/denomination/religion in general just aren't right for her, and so leaves the ring on the doorstep of the church.


* '''Defied''': Since Bob was a total {{Jerkass}} and cheated on her, Alice decides to keep the ring and sell it.

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* '''Defied''': Since Bob was a total {{Jerkass}} and cheated on her, Alice decides to keep the ring and sell it.it, and spend the money on a vacation.


* '''Downplayed''': Alice returns her promise ring to her boyfriend, Bob.

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* '''Downplayed''': Alice returns her promise ring to her (now ex-) boyfriend, Bob.

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** Alice goes through with the wedding.


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** She was only going through the motions, after having found out about Bob's ongoing affair(s) the night before the wedding. After the wedding, she has the marriage quietly annulled (or never finalizes the paperwork, thus rendering the marriage legally invalid), or gets a divorce, and returns her wedding and engagement rings to Bob.


** Instead of buying her a ring, Bob bought Alice a house, or they bought a house together. Alice returns the cost of the down payment (or her share of it) to Bob.

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** Instead of buying her a ring, Bob bought Alice a house, or they bought a house together. Alice returns the cost of the down payment (or her share of it) to Bob.Bob and moves out.


** [[RunawayBride Alice returns her engagement ring]] ''[[RunawayBride at the altar]]''.



** AliceAndBob get back together following the SecondActBreakup, and Bob gives Alice her engagement ring back.



** Alice pawns the ring, or puts it up for sale on Ebay.

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** Alice pawns the ring, or puts it up for sale on Ebay.eBay.



** Alice takes it to the jeweler, suggesting that she's going to keep it, maybe having it altered into some other type of jewelry.
** Alice is holding the ring "hostage" until Bob does something for her.
** AliceAndBob get back together, and the wedding is back on.
** AliceAndBob are engaged, but it's a ringless engagement.



** She's just getting it cleaned, and getting details on the ring insurance changed. After that, she returns the ring to Bob.
** After it's served its purpose, she returns the ring.
** AliceAndBob get married, but it's not HappilyEverAfter; they end up getting divorced a year later. Alice returns both her wedding and her engagement ring to Bob (whether voluntarily, or as part of their divorce settlement).
** Instead of buying her a ring, Bob bought Alice a house, or they bought a house together. Alice returns the cost of the down payment (or her share of it) to Bob.



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Zig Zagged: *'''Zig Zagged''': Alice is a SerialSpouse who has had several husbands and fiancés over the years. Some of the wedding and engagement rings, she kept, others she returned, and others she sold on eBay or at the local pawn shop.
*'''Averted''': AliceAndBob are not an OfficialCouple.
** AliceAndBob don't break up.
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Averted: *'''Invoked''': AliceAndBob break off their engagement.
*'''Exploited''': Bob wants the ring back, and Alice holds it "hostage", or threatens to destroy it, in order to get him to do something for her.
*'''Defied''': Since Bob was a total {{Jerkass}} and cheated on her, Alice decides to keep the ring and sell it.
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*'''Basic Trope''': A promise ring, engagement ring, or wedding ring is returned to the partner who gave them that ring, to signify that the breakup is for real.
*'''Straight''': AliceAndBob are engaged. At some point during the engagement, it becomes clear that Bob isn't the right person for Alice, and that this relationship will not work. She has the breakup talk, and takes off her engagement ring, returning it to Bob.
*'''Exaggerated''': Since [[FictionFiveHundred Bob]] paid for other things associated with the wedding, such as her dress, [[LawfulGood Alice]] returns those things, or (in the case of something abstract, such as an engagement party), reimburses Bob for the cost of those things, as well as returning her EnormousEngagementRing.
*'''Downplayed''': Alice returns her promise ring to her boyfriend, Bob.
*'''Justified''': It's Alice's way of showing that the breakup is final.
** Alice doesn't want the reminder of her and Bob's failed engagement (literally) on her hands.
** The laws where AliceAndBob live treat an engagement or promise ring, not as a gift, but as a type of "collateral." Keeping it, in this case, is considered a breach of contract, and so [[BreachOfPromiseOfMarriage the law requires that Alice return the ring]].
*'''Inverted''': Bob dumps Alice and takes the engagement ring away from her.
** [[BreachOfPromiseOfMarriage Bob is required to pay Alice (or her family) damages associated with breaking the engagement and leaving Alice]] DefiledForever.
*** Alternatively, Alice keeps the ring.
*'''Gender Inverted''': Alice was the one who proposed to Bob, and Bob is the one who dumps Alice and returns the engagement ring.
*'''Subverted''': Alice keeps the ring.
** Alice meant to return the ring, but a burglar stole it from her.
** Alice pawns the ring, or puts it up for sale on Ebay.
** Alice gives it to her friend, Charles, so he can propose to his long-term girlfriend Dani.
** Bob has to ask (or even ''beg'') for it back, or sues Alice for it.
*'''Double Subverted''': Until she decides she doesn't want it around anymore, and leaves it on Bob's doorstep.
** The burglar was Alice's friend Charles, who returned it to Bob for her, because she didn't want to deal with him in person.
** She pays the money that she received for it back to Bob.
** Dani returns the ring to Charles a week later.
** Alice returns it to him.
*'''Parodied''': Alice destroys the ring in a BreakupBonfire that's [[SarcasmMode totally not]] a ShoutOut to ''Franchise/TheLordOfTheRings''
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