The head of Damiani International says that the company owns the designs to Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston’s wedding rings and that there was never an agreement to keep their rings exclusive.
The Hollywood power couple has filed a $50 million lawsuit against the Italian jewelry maker claiming that the couple had an agreement that their marriage rings would never be replicated. Pitt also claims he designed the rings.
Guido Damiani, CEO and General Manager of the Damiani Group, denied those allegations during a recent industry event in New York. Damiani says the rings in question are part of the ‘Aside’ collection of wedding bands the couple “chose” for their marriage ceremony.
“Damiani firmly believes that the claims asserted by Mr. Pitt and Ms. Aniston are unfounded and have no merit whatsoever, Guido Damiani said in a statement. “There has never been any type of agreement or contract between Damiani and Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston prohibiting or limiting the marketing of the jewelry in question. Furthermore, the Damiani wedding bands are original and innovative creations by Damiani and the designs are patented and registered to Damiani. The management of Damiani is therefore confident that, once the facts in this case are made known, it will prevail and be vindicated in this matter. As such, the management of Damiani will take every action necessary to protect and defend Damiani’s interests, name, and its 75 year reputation for quality and innovative design.”
The company refused further comment.
A hearing on the couple’s application for an injunction is set for Sept. 17, the Associated Press reported. A temporary restraining order is in place that bars the jeweler from selling similar rings, according to the couple’s attorney, John H. Lavely Jr.
Pitt and Aniston’s lawsuit seeks an injunction that would stop sales.
The rings being sold by Damiani are reportedly two concentric bands in 18k white or yellow gold connected by either 12 or 13 diamonds. They cost about $1,000 apiece, must be custom-ordered and take two months to make.
The actors’ bands were made in white gold. Ten diamonds join Pitt’s ring, which is engraved with the words “Jen 2000.” Aniston’s ring has 20 diamonds and is engraved with “Brad 2000.” Pictures of their rings are on various Web sites, but not as advertisements.