What about the engagement ring?

The engagement ring:  Glamour magazine reports that on average, a guy will spend about $5,229 on an engagement ring which is a lot of money, yet far less than the 10 most expensive engagement ring’s according to a Hollywood gossip website.

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So it begs the question, what does Michigan law have to say about an engagement ring?  Do you always have to give the engagement ring back?   

Under Michigan law, as long as the parties go through with the wedding, you are not required to give back the ring.  The engagement ring is considered a gift.  Findling Law successfully argued this case in the Michigan Court of Appeals.  Here is the citation:  Michigan Compiled Laws 244 Mich. App. 697,625 N.W.2d 136, 2001.

What if someone gets cold feet and the engagement is broken off?  

If a party breaks off the engagement, the ring must be returned, regardless of the circumstances who broke off the engagement or who cancelled the wedding.

What about other expenses associated with a cancelled wedding – the hotel, the caterer, or the flowers? 

Under Michigan law, a breach of contract case can be brought to recover these expenses.

Ok, I know you are curious – here is the list of the 10 most expensive engagement rings:

  1. Beyonce                             25 carat                       $5,000,000.00
  2. Paris Hilton                       21 carat                       $2,500,000.00
  3. Mariah Carey                                                           $2,500,000.00
  4. Melania Trunp                  15 carat                      $2,000,000.00
  5. Kim Kardashian           20.5 carat                      $2,000,000.00
  6. Jennifer Lopez                 6.1 carat                      $1,200,000.00
  7. Catherine Zeta-Jones           –                               $1,000,000.00
  8. Hillary Duff                         14 carat                      $1,000,000.00
  9. Eva Longoria                        5 carat                          $800,000.00
  10. Denise Richards’                 4.3 carat                       $500,000.00

Sources:

http://www.glamour.com/weddings/blogs/save-the-date/2013/09/for-once-and-for-all-how-much.html

http://www.hollyscoop.com/beyonce/bling-ring-10-most-expensive-engagement-rings.html

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