Taking Wedding Rings to New Heights

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Unfortunately, not every marriage ends in happily ever after. For New Zealander Rebecca Gibbs, when the time came to end her union, she realized how quickly she wanted to part from both her husband and her wedding band.

While some divorcees may be content with flinging their ring off the nearest bridge, Gibbs took things to new heights. After taking the advice of a rocket scientist friend (because don’t we all have one of those?), the former bride placed her wedding ring in a homemade rocket and let it fly.

“It was uplifting, liberating, and it was really supposed to be a positive step, which it was. It was also a lot of fun blasting a rocket into the sky,” she told New Zealand’s Stuff. “I had so much stuff left from our life and wedding I had to get rid of, so Mum and friends helped, and I gave away my wedding dress, but I was left with this ring, and I didn’t really know what to do with it.”

With the ring long gone, we began to wonder if divorcees are rushing to rid themselves of their rings. Readers over on our community boards contributed their thoughts on what to do with a ring once the marriage has soured:

“Sold ‘em! Got a fairly decent check and put the money toward a vacation to Europe!” — dmarie979

“I thought I would let my youngest son (18) use them on the trade-in program when he decides to marry. My set was fairly new and an upgrade.” — marigoldgirl44

“I sold XH’s a couple of weeks ago. I might give that money to my new future husband, Marc Jacobs.” — dimake

Would you rid yourself of your wedding ring if you and your partner split? How would you say farewell to the jewelry?

Plus more from The Nest:

How to Insure Your Engagement Ring
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Shockingly Honest Accounts of 30-Something Divorcees