Toss the Man, Not the Jewelry! Recycle Unwanted Gifts

14 08 2010

When Delpha Ramos, 23, was in college, she fell for a passionate Italian student, and he gave her a silver promise ring. But in December, after three years together, he broke it off.

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The question, of course, was what to do with that ring. She couldn’t bear to hang on to it, but she didn’t want to give it back. So in March, Ramos, of Hopewell, N.J., turned to exboyfriendjewelry.com, where women with a sense of humor and a sad story can commiserate about ended relationships and sell unwanted jewelry from former paramours.

The lighthearted site, launched Feb. 26, features listings of jewelry – from plastic earrings to Tiffany pendants to engagement rings – posted by women who want to move on. Interested buyers can send private messages to sellers and arrange sales independently from the site.

“This is exactly what any girl needs to exorcise the negative energy of a past relationship, put that relationship behind you and make a positive out of the negative,” said Ramos, who works in business development for a gourmet mint company.

But what distinguishes the site from other online vendors of used baubles is the way it presents the wares. Each piece of jewelry comes with the break-up story.

Erin Ennis, 38, a Washington, D.C., lobbyist, ended a relationship five years ago. She wrote in her ad, “Celtic knot earrings”: “At some point, he began to take fabulous trips to Ireland. Without me. I did get this lovely parting gift, however.”

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