One Way to Get Your Ring in the Papers

Man sues ex to return engagement ring—or pay up

The New York Post reports that a man is suing his former fiancée so that she will return the $30,000 engagement ring that he gave her when he proposed.

At a time when viral engagement videos and over-the-top proposals are on trend, this now-famous ring is getting eyeballs for less than stellar reasons. 

Philip Langer wants Ashley Jae Chesler to return the ring or pay him the $30,000 that he spent on it.

Chesler called off the engagement, but has refused to return the custom-made ring, which features a 2.52 ct. diamond surrounded by 34 rubies and 55 diamonds.

According to the website of New York attorney David Badanes, engagement rings are viewed by law as a “conditional gift” governed by “no-fault” rules, meaning that if the engagement does not result in marriage, the one who has given the ring has rights to it.

Badanes also advises clients to make sure the ring justifies the court costs of getting the ring back, which he says can range from $3,000 to $10,000 or more.