Engagement Ring Law

Date: January 25, 2007

February is the time of year when many young men decide that their current love is the one that they want to spend the rest of their life with. Here in the United States, it is customary for young men to go out and buy a diamond engagement ring in order to demonstrate their love and commitment to their future bride. Prior to making this major investment, here are a few tips that you should consider:

1. Insure that you are dealing with a reputable & experienced diamond jeweler,
2. Make sure that the diamond is certified by the gemologist institute of America,
3. Research the four C’s: carrot, cut, clarity & color, prior to purchasing.

Now for some law. Just in case the engagement does not lead to an actual marriage. Can a young man recover his diamond ring? In the case of Lindh v. Surman, 702 A.2d 560 (Pa. Super. 1997), a young couple became engaged. The diamond ring was worth $21,000.00. The future bride and her family began wedding preparations. However, the future bride then got cold feet and called off the wedding. The future groom requested his ring back and the young woman refused to return the same. The case went to court and the issue was, Who should get the ring? The Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled that the gift of an engagement ring was subject to the an implied condition requiring its return if a marriage does not take place.

So go ahead and fall in love this February but remember to always know the law.

Respectfully submitted,
Brian G. Price, Esquire
Dougherty, Leventhal & Price, L.L.P (DLP)
459 Wyoming Ave.
Kingston, Pa. 18704
Also in Moosic, Honesdale & Haz1eton
Toll free 1-877-357-9700

Joe Price
Attorney Joe Price is a seasoned Trial Lawyer serving Northeast, Central and Southeast Pennsylvania for the past forty (40) years. He has handled serious personal injury cases in courts throughout the Federal system including New Jersey and New York. Attorney Price is A.V. Rated by Martindale Hubble. He is Board Certified in Civil Practice by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1996.