INDIANAPOLIS - JP Gold was supposed to get married Nov. 11.
As relationships sometimes go, though, Gold and his fiance ended things before they could make it to the date they set two years ago.
So the Indianapolis man was left with an engagement ring that has been sitting in its box in a desk drawer for a year, and he's hoping to give it away to a couple. That's right — give.
"My thought was, there's gotta be a couple out there that’s struggling," he said. "And if it can go to the right couple, I'd love to do that."
It's a 1.7 carat synthetic stone because his ex was ethically against diamonds. Its resale value is pretty low because it's not a diamond, and after talking with a buddy in a similar situation, he decided to put an ad on Craigslist Thursday night.
"I held on to the ring, trying to figure out what to do with it," Gold wrote in the ad. "Well, I'm finally ready to let it go."
He gave potential buyers a few options. The first, a fairly normal option: "I paid roughly $1,100 for the ring, so if you can afford it, I would like to recoup half of that expense, $550."
The second? "If you don't have the money, I'm willing to give the ring away for free to the right couple."
He said he is genuinely hoping for the second option.
"I'd rather give it away," said Gold, label manager at local music label company Rad Summer. “I want to find a young couple in love that maybe aren’t financially established. I don’t know, I want that heart-wrenching love story. I want someone to give me that 'Notebook' love story."
Since posting, Gold's gotten about 10 inquiries, but nothing he is ready to bite on. Some people are even writing him from other states.
"I would prefer it to go to a local Indianapolis couple," he said. "I'm going to let it sit until I get the right person."
He's unsure if his ex has seen the post, but he's not trying to upset her by putting the ring on Craigslist.
"This isn’t about me really or about her; this is about making the best for someone else," he said. "I'm just ready to move on to the next step of my life."
Oh, and there's one last thing: He wants an invitation to the wedding.
"I didn't get to attend my own," he wrote in the post, "so I want to at least attend yours."
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