09/21/2016 01:14 EDT | Updated 09/26/2016 09:52 EDT

What To Do With Your Wedding Ring When You Get Divorced

You don't have to give it back if you don't want to.

Regardless of your intentions when you walked down the aisle, sometimes marriages come to an end. And whether the marriage was long or short, and the end amicable or acrimonious, most divorces leave people with one question once the dust has settled: what to do with the rings?

Under the law, a wedding or engagement ring is generally considered the property of the person who received it, during the marriage and after the fact. Some people may find value in holding on to the jewelry, whether it’s to do something new with it or pass it along.

Others might not be able to get rid of the ring quickly enough, whether that means they hock it or throw it into the nearest body of water. But the options are myriad, from sentimental to lucrative, so there’s surely one that fits your style and the relationship the ring symbolizes.

Here are nine ideas — some admittedly more sentimental than others — for what to do with a wedding or engagement ring from a marriage that has ended.

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