From United Press International
NAPERVILLE, Ill., April 5 (UPI) -- An Illinois couple's engagement began romantically with a $48,000 ring and ended in court with a suit over the pear-shaped diamond bauble.
Richard Phebus and Renee Mingilino of Naperville, Ill., broke up in February, two months after he went down on one knee in a Chicago-area Italian restaurant and put the ring on her finger. This week, a judge ordered Mingilino to return the ring, The Chicago Tribune reported.
Mingilino said that she only hung on to the ring because Phebus wrote her telling her she could keep it. "He can have his ring -- he can shove it as far as it goes," Mingilino said to the Tribune. "Just seeing my name on the same paperwork with this guy is enough to make me want to vomit. I don't want anything to do with that ring; I don't want anything to do with that guy."
Our inner yenta is dying to know what this guy did to deserve this kind of vitriol. It must have involved her sister or best friend, because she accepted the proposal only two months ago! And what is the etiquette on returning engagement rings? Word on the street says that the ring should come back if the engagement gets called off. But isn’t that, uh, impolite to ask for a gift back? Well maybe this is reason for starter engagement rings and upgrading later. Romantic? No. Practical? Possibly.