Q. I went out with a man for almost two years. During that time we became engaged (the ring was a family heirloom). I did everything for him- bought him clothes, food, did his laundry and cleaned. I’m a college student and we didn’t live together- I did all these things out of the goodness of my heart because I truly loved him. He was very controlling.
He decided he wanted to break up. During the course of our relationship he had given me many lovely gifts, all for my birthday, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day. Now, three months later, he wants the jewelry back. What do I do?
A. The woman returns the engagement ring to the man – it was not a gift but rather a symbol of the engagement. However, the jewelry your former fiancé gave you for all other occasions were gifts and needn’t be returned.