Exactly, Redread. Culpepper should have realized it when the mother started to cry and the father talked about buying a safe to store it in. And the kid didn't ask to borrow the necklace; he said, "Can I get some of that ice?"Think about it, they see a millionaire athlete take off a necklace and give it to their kid. Did he say, "I'll let you borrow this for the ceremony?"
What grown men "lend" their jewelry out? That's pretty uncommon. Plus the parents probably had no idea of the sentimental value of the jewelry to Dante. I think it was a logical (though incorrect) assumption that it was a gift.
Say you're riding a bicycle, and some poor kid sees you and asks, "Can I get that bicycle?", would you hand it over to him without a word, or would you say, "No, but I'll let you take a ride on it."?