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I can't keep the ring!? The sparkle of infidelity.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010 10:41
C. Twyman
I can

On Monday it was reported that an American Judge rejected 26 year-old Danielle Cavalieri's claim that she should be able to keep a $19,000 (£12,258) diamond engagement ring after her marriage to John Gunther broke down. Her claim was refused despite her argument that her (now ex) fiancé forfeited the jewels by cheating on her whilst they were engaged.

According to court records, for a year and a half Danielle Cavalieri refused to back down over the 2.2 carat diamond and white gold ring that John Gunther gave to her.

Eventually, under a Nassau County judge's order, Cavalieri was ordered to hand over the piece of jewellery or give Gunther its equivalent in cash.

26-year-old Cavalieri and Gunther, 27, are both from Long Island and dated for nine years. In March 2008 the pair got engaged and had plans to tie the knot on 2nd October 2009 which fell through when they split in October 2008.

A source explained that the couple had agreed to settle things; Cavalieri would return the ring and Gunther would reimburse her father for the cost of the engagement party and give her their $9,000 (£5,805) joint bank account.

However, when Gunther demanded the ring back, Cavalieri allegedly replied, "I'm not ready yet -- I'm still too heartbroken."

Ironically, Cavalieri is now preparing to wed a new love this weekend at the very same church in Floral Park in which she and Gunther planned to wed, said the source.

Last year, Gunther filed suit in order to retrieve the engagement ring. Cavalieri filed a counter-claim in December which stated that she was entitled to the jewellery because Gunther was allegedly unfaithful and had given her the gift before they decided to marry.

According to the court documents, she claimed to have suffered "severe emotional distress" and demanded more than $100,000 (£64,492) from her ex partner.

On 30th March, Justice F. Dana Winslow ruled that state law allows a person retrieve property that was given "in contemplation of marriage" -- a ring for example -- if the marriage does not actually occur.

"Consequently," the judge wrote, "fault in the breakup of an engagement is irrelevant."

Both Gunther and Cavalieri refused to comment.