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We have:

Bringing engagement ring to singapore which was bought in germany

Buying an engagement ring in the US and bringing it to Australia

If I don't declare a not-yet-used engagement ring at airport security, am I smuggling jewelry?

Do Customs duties and VAT apply on jewellery and gifts even when imported into UK by US citizens?

How do I get an engagement ring past security/customs in an airport without alerting my significant other?

Buying tech merchandising in New York (includes mention of an engagement ring)

Can I take two rings to Canada without paying any fee?

Plus some others that are closed as dupes, presumably of one of these.

The major concerns seem to be about whether duty is payable, and how to declare (or deal with secondary finding) the item when its existence is supposed to be a surprise to the travel companion.

Can we choose one of these to be the ur-question and point all the others at it? Merge some of them? Ask a new canonical one and merge the others into that? Something?

A good answer to the canonical question:

  • would give the rule that applies to most countries and scenarios. I think that is "as long as it's leaving this country again after the proposal everything is fine", but I might be wrong. This includes whether or not it should be declared.
  • would encourage everyone to check the rules for the particular country where the proposal will happen, some of which at least on paper have limits to the values of things you can bring in and out, and would include some examples
  • would have a paragraph about the special case where the ring is not ending up back wherever the ring-bringer lives, because the engaged couple live in different countries
  • would include advice about keeping a possession semi-secret through a secondary inspection (we've seen things about putting it in a sock with a note asking for discretion, for example.)
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    I think the problem stems around different country rules (for the tax at least). Eg after speaking to my jeweller, almost everyone asks him about leaving Aus (declaring ring) and returning with it on the partner's finger (Aus pays tax back if within 60 days). NZ on the other hand doesn't allow this. So canonical is difficult.... – Mark Mayo Oct 17 '17 at 4:21
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    If the community like it, we outta create a canonical of it. – Andrew Grimm Oct 17 '17 at 6:51
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    Look at @MarkMayo bragging that he has a jeweller. :P – JoErNanO Oct 17 '17 at 9:47
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    @JoErNanO I bought an engagement ring earlier this year ;) – Mark Mayo Oct 19 '17 at 3:40

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