Based on a lawsuit filed the day before Valentine’s Day, it appears that famed jeweler to the stars Loree Rodkin has no love for a pair of reality TV stars–turned–jewelry designers.
In a lawsuit filed on Feb. 13 in the Central District of California, Rodkin of Loree Rodkin Management Co. charged Lisa and Brittny Gastineau of Tres Glam by Lisa Gastineau with copyright infringement for allegedly ripping off four of her designs: Large Pave Claw on Small Flintstone Chain, Baby Spiderweb Bondage Ring 3 Stones, Medium Spider Web Bondage Ring, and 111th Skyline BG Bondage Ring with white and gray diamonds, according to the court document.
Rodkin maintains that the pair has distributed infringing jewelry designs “through Roseark retail stores and advertising through Tres Glam accounts with Instagram,” continued the document. (Tres Glam Instagram accounts are TheLisaGastineau and BrittGastineau.) Rodkin seeks damages of not less than $150,000 per infringement.
The Gastineaus, the ex-wife and daughter of former New York Jets defensive end Mark Gastineau, starred in the E! reality series The Gastineau Girls from 2005 to 2006. Rodkin is perhaps best known for designing the jewelry that First Lady Michelle Obama wore to the Inaugural Ball.
An article published by TMZ shows a Rodkin ring next to one of the alleged copycat Tres Glam pieces. Lisa Gastineau told the Daily Mail: “You can’t compare a ring that sells for $50,000 and a ring that sells for $3,000. Look at Steve Madden and Chanel, they are not selling the same exact thing.”
Rodkin said in a statement: “Unfortunately, when you are successful in this business, people will try to copy your designs. My lawyers protect my rights and are seeking the appropriate remedies against the Gastineaus.”
Loree Rodkin’s 111th Skyline BG Bondage Ring from the court document
Image of an alleged Tres Glam copycat ring on the Instagram account of @BrittGastineau, from Rodkin’s court document