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Andrea Rodgers is the Founder of Miss A (AskMissA.com), which covers the intersection of charity and lifestyle for 1.5 million unique readers annually. Based in Washington, DC, Miss A has a presence in 21 U.S. cities with 30 editors and hundreds of writer. Andrea was inspired after 9/11, and became heavily involved in Washington’s charity circuit in an effort to give back to the community. At the core of the Miss A brand is Andrea’s personal belief in the positive power of volunteering and charity — not only to benefit those less fortunate, but to improve the individual, business or brand that gives their time, money and energy to a cause. AskMissA.com serves as a technological platform which connects editors, writers and readers around this core belief and shines a spotlight on the best nonprofits, charity events, cause marketing campaigns and philanthropic & stylish people, businesses and brands to inspire others to get involved.

Andrea Rodgers is a member of the Vogue 100, a hand-selected group by Vogue magazine of 100 influential decision makers and opinion leaders across the country known for their distinctive taste in fashion & culture. She has been featured in Vogue, W and Allure, CNN, Fox News, NOS Dutch Public Broadcasting, TV Tokyo, France 24, Alhurra, USA Today, Washington Post & Politico.

No Wedding. Whose Ring?

Breaking an engagement is a difficult thing to do. It’s more than a break-up. It’s public. Families are involved. Plans have been made. Hundreds of people must be notified. It’s awful. Besides losing the guy you love, you also must give up the dreams you had for your future together and on top of this, you often lose the most beautiful piece of jewelry you have ever worn.

There was good article on this topic in the New York Times the other day. In the article, Leticia Baldridge, who was Jackie Kennedy’s White House Social Secretary says, “The person who breaks the engagement is responsible for making good. If the woman breaks it, she should send the ring back immediately. If it is the man, he should say, ‘Of course you keep the ring.’  Should the ring be a family heirloom,” Ms. Baldrige added, “the woman should return it. But then he should buy her another piece of jewelry or simply give her a credit at a jewelry shop. Nice people do that.”

Apparently, my ex-fiance wasn’t “nice people”, and maybe I wasn’t either. My ex-fiance and I stay in touch, and are on good terms now, but things weren’t always so civil. There was a battle royale over the gorgeous 3-carat diamond solitaire he used to propose to me with champagne in the courtyard of the historic Blair House in the spring of 2004. Through this experience, I learned more than I wanted to know about the law surrounding an engagement ring, and how it varies by state. The good news is that my ex-fiance and I are now on good terms. In the end, that is worth more than any diamond.

– Miss A


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