Newlyweds Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston have filed a $50 million lawsuit, claiming an Italian jewelry designer breached an agreement never to replicate their wedding rings, the Associated Press (AP) reported.
Attorney John H. Lavely Jr. filed the lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, claiming that Silvia Damiani and Damiani International not only reproduced the rings but offered them for sale on the Internet and at jewelry stores in Palm Desert and Las Vegas, the AP reported.
The rings being sold by Damiani are two concentric bands in 18k white or yellow gold connected by either 12 or 13 diamonds, the AP reported. They cost about $1,000 apiece, must be custom-ordered and take two months to make.
Pitt and Aniston’s lawsuit seeks an injunction that would stop sales, the AP reported.
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.
“Damiani essentially made Pitt and Aniston serve as its unwilling shills, hawking its jewelry to potential customers,” the stars’ lawsuit said.
The couple’s legal complaint also states that Damiani used Pitt’s designs to garner “the type of publicity that money can’t buy: The purported endorsement and sponsorship of perhaps the world’s most recognizable couple,” the AP reported.