When I read this article about a site that allows women to sell jewelry from ex-boyfriends, my first thought was - what a great idea.
So many of my friends could use a site like this. Because, really, what are you going to do with those bracelets, necklaces and of course, rings, once the relationship goes south? Sure, diamonds are beautiful, but that doesn't really matter if you refuse to pull them out of your jewelry box.
Some of the product descriptions are pretty interesting, too. I love to hear stories and at this site, every item has one.
One girl is selling a designer watch she said her boyfriend bought for $1,200 to impress a mutual friend.
"When we broke up he said "Well, looks like the only good thing you got out of this relationship was a good watch and I am out $1,200.00. He was such a loser!" she wrote on the Web site. "It is definitely not a knock off; I would have loved to keep it but I can't bear to look at it."
Another woman selling her engagement and wedding band wrote:
"Hey Mom and Dad, remember that time I got married really young? Sorry about that. I can't pay you back for the wedding, but I'll split whatever I get for these with you. Deal?"
One describes her ring as "Past, present, (nonexistent) future."
And there's the listings for "Gifts that should have been jewelry." A woman selling a star dish admits her own shortcomings.
"He was a really sweet guy. And I was a really stupid girl. He gave me this with a cute card saying I was a star and I thought it was corny. He figured out pretty quickly that I didn't appreciate him or his sweet gestures and he moved on. ... I could keep it as a reminder to appreciate what you have but it's become a sad reminder of what I lost."
They get more poignant than that. Some women sell men's wedding rings, like the one who wrote, "Had this ring for years in hopes that the ex would come back. That never did happen and I've moved on ... He would have had it for life."
And along with some sad words, Exboyfriend Jewelry seems to send some practical advice to us unmarried ladies.
One seller described her engagement and wedding ring set: "If you're under 25 and getting married, they're a good way to go. Not a lot of commitment ;)"
I'm wondering who actually buys ex-boyfriend jewelry - especially the engagement and wedding rings. The deals are good, but some of the women's entries caution marrying a guy looking for a steal on a site dedicated to failed relationships.
One woman wrote:
"If I had realized that, over time, video games would become more important than me OR that getting mad at his thoughtlessness may equal a bruise, I would've never accepted his pawn-store buy."
Yikes. That's a life lesson right there.