Estranged Couple Squares Off Over $16K Engagement Ring

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Both members of an estranged couple will meet in B.C. Supreme Court this morning in a fight over a $16,500 engagement ring.

Charlie Zampieri is suing his ex-fiancée Jessica Bennett for possession of the diamond and sapphire ring.

The pair met on the dating website Plenty of Fish and got engaged three weeks later.

Zampieri claims his fiancée left him and took the ring with her.

But Bennett has now filed her side of the story with the court, saying the ring should stay with her.

"What does it symbolize? It would symbolize maybe the man that loved me — that didn't do the right thing,” she said.

Zampieri claims the ring was not a gift but a marriage contract Bennett broke.

But for the 20 months they were together, Bennett says she was committed to the relationship.

"I clipped his toenails, I did his hair, I tinted his beard, I waxed his chest, I massaged his feet.”

Bennett says finances and other things contributed to the split.

"If it wasn't one huge disastrous problem, another one came up.”

She claims Zampieri still owes her money — much more than the ring is worth.

Finally, she disputes Zampieri's claim that he was willing to give her one of his kidneys.

"I asked him, he said no.”

Engagement rings have been the subject of lawsuits before and the courts appear divided on whether a ring is a gift or symbolic of a contract to get married.

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