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By Katie Calautti

There are times when diamonds can be a girl’s backstabbing best friend, thanks to their nasty habit of outliving relationships. If you’ve amassed a pile of baubles that have gone unworn due to the conjuring of less-than-stellar connotations, there’s a solution for you:

The site allows you the opportunity to buy, sell, trade and – yes – even write about your nasty breakups. You’ll set down the pint of Ben & Jerry’s after a few therapeutic minutes reading the tales that accompany the listings (all items must be gifts from exes, and stories are required in order to keep the experience fun and cathartic).

Categories include: rings, earrings, watches, necklaces, bracelets, gifts that should have been jewelry (my favorite section, thanks to the abundance of designer bags and shoes) and even a special spot filled with stuff boys get saddled with (think: autographed sports memorabilia, fancy cufflinks, and – yes – wedding bands).

The site is easy to navigate, with helpful tips on buying and selling, a search option and even a blog (I particularly enjoy the congratulatory entry created for this year’s Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, in the name of “the best stickin’ to your ex” moment in the history of television).

Whether you’re a buyer, seller or browser, it’s abundantly clear that the forum cultivates not only a unique marketplace, but also a community of folks with one thing in common: extinguished flames who burned brightly in the Gifting Department. Thanks to Ex Boyfriend Jewelry, discerning taste need not be laid to waste, gathering dust in the deepest recesses of your closet.

Check out for more info.

Originally published April 2010
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