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Should You Return An Engagement Ring After Breaking Up? Paris Hilton Says No

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Earlier this year, former reality star and heir to the Hilton fortune Paris Hilton turned a lot of heads when she shared a photo of herself and her then-fiance on the top of a snowy mountain in Colorado.

It wasn't the kiss that caught people's attention thought, it was the massive 20-carat pear-shaped diamond ring that had everyone talking. Hilton got engaged to actor-model Chris Zylka, whom she started dating two years earlier.

"The ring was so gorgeous and sparkling," Paris recalled in a post-engagement interview with People. "I was shaking as I put it on. It is the most beautiful ring that I have ever seen!"

Hilton, who actually met Zylka eight years prior at an Oscar party, also bragged about how special he is to her.

"I have never in my life met a man so loyal, dedicated, and loving," Hilton said. "I knew right from the start that I wanted to be with him forever."

The couple were excited about the prospect of spending the rest of their lives together, and up until recently everything was going according to plan.

Unfortunately, third time is not the charm for Hilton, and she won't be walking down the aisle to marry the man she once called the love of her life. The couple called off their engagement in October after going through a rough patch just six months into their new chapter.

It was rumored that the socialite was planning on exchanging vows with Zylka on November 11, but instead she is traveling and promoting her business ventures.

"When I fall in love, I fall in love fast and hard, and it was this whirlwind romance," she said. "I've always been obsessed with Disney stories and love stories, and I thought it was gonna be my happy ending, and I just realized after time that it wasn't the right decision," Hilton said on The Talk.

Now, the heiress is opening up some more about the breakup, and on an recent appearance on Jenny McCarthy's Sirius XM show, she revealed she won't be returning the $2 million sparkler to Zylka.

"The person who we got it from got millions and millions of dollars of free publicity," Hilton said. "I love how social media has basically become a new form of money. Yeah, it's pretty sick."

She added that "Diamonds are a girl's best friend."

A source close to Hilton previously told Page Six that Hilton wouldn't be returning the ring because she got it for free not from Zylka, but from a friend of hers who happens to be a celebrity jeweler.

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It's unfortunate that Hilton and Zylka couldn't make their relationship work, but if you're a bit superstitious then maybe it isn't too far fetched to think that the ring might be to be blame for the break up.

Migos rapper Offset proposed to his estranged wife, rapper Cardi B, with a strikingly similar ring as Hilton's and their marriage is also currently in shambles.

Hilton's decision to keep the pricey jewel begs the question, should women keep their engagement ring after calling things off?

Legally speaking, an engagement ring is considered a conditional gift in most places, so if the giver is responsible for the breakup, then they're no longer entitled it.

What do you think is the right thing to do?

Awa has been writing for Shared for 3 years. She is a serial snacker who unapologetically loves celebrity gossip. Drop her a line at awa@shared.com.