Two former lovers fighting over a $16,500 engagement ring are escalating their court battle, a week after they exchanged insults and accusations outside B.C. Supreme Court.
Charlie Zampieri is suing his ex-fiancée Jessica Bennett to get back the diamond and sapphire ring he gave her.
Last Thursday, the pair got in a shouting match in front of reporters, tossing wild allegations back and forth.
Today, Zampieri's lawyer said new court documents filed by Bennett were malicious and defamatory.
"My client categorically denies all the allegations set out in Ms. Bennett's affidavit," Ada Lam said. "We'll be bringing a defamation action. That's all we have today."
The two met on the dating website Plenty of Fish and got engaged three weeks later. They were together for about 20 months.
Zampieri alleges Bennett left him and took the ring with her.
The ring has been kept in a safety deposit box under Bennett's control.
Today, the judge ordered her to place the hotly sought after symbol of love, in the care of her lawyer.
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Rough Diamond Ring
Etsy vendor <a href="http://www.Specimental.etsy.com">Specimental Designs</a> uses 18K yellow gold and rough diamonds to craft these unique engagement rings. The designer says that women who might like this ring are, "after something unique, which they feel says a bit more about who they are than something that is mass-produced and more commonly chosen ... Women who choose one of my rough diamond engagement rings are ensured of wearing a completely one-of-a-kind ring with an engaging story behind it." <br></br> <strong>$2,450, <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/80888288/huge-rough-diamond-engagement-ring-in">Specimental Designs</a></strong>
Art Deco Ring
This art deco ring is an antique, dating back to the 1920s. Etsy vendor <a href="http://www.etsy.com/shop/rubygrays">Ruby Grays</a> says, "The ring is effortlessly stylish, eye catching and a complete one of a kind, I'd say that the woman who wears it would be all of those things too." <br></br> <strong>$5,900, <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/106881755/antique-art-deco-diamond-sapphire">Ruby Grays</a></strong>
'Guiding Star' Ring
The 'Guiding Star' ring is crafted from 18K gold alloy and conflict-free diamonds. "When I think of this bride, I think, classy, creative, stylish, confident, free spirited," says the designer behind <a href="http://www.etsy.com/shop/vikabstudio">Vika B. Studio</a>. "Someone who trusts and values her own taste and opinion enough to question the status quo if it doesn't appeal to her. Someone who appreciates the quality and eloquence of handmade craft and values personal touch." <br></br> <strong>$1,495, <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/67825763/a-guiding-star-ring-in-18k-gold-with">Vika B. Studio</a></strong>
Anemone Bud Ring
Sarah Hood, the designer behind Sarah Hood Jewelry, handmakes these rings from 14K yellow gold and emeralds. "The twig in this ring is molded from a real dogwood branch that I collected near where my family lives in Colorado, and the bud is molded from a real anemone plant from my garden," she says. "This ring is for the modern bride who doesn't like to be labeled, and likes jewelry that stands apart from the traditional wedding jewelry you see in every mall jewelry store. My brides are earthy yet modern, eco-conscious yet elegant, down to earth yet not opposed to a little flash." <br></br> <strong>$1,780, <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/96908183/14k-yellow-gold-anemone-bud-ring-with">Sarah Hood Jewelry</a></strong>
Asscher Cut Diamond Ring
An antique, this 3.09 carat asscher cut diamond is one-of-a-kind. Says Etsy vendor <a href="http://www.etsy.com/shop/ErstwhileJewelry">Erstwhile Jewelry</a>, "This ring is more of a classic refined style and would be most suited to an elegant and sophisticated bride." <br></br> <strong>$49,000, <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/88821268/309-carat-asscher-cut-diamond-art-deco?ga_search_query=3.09%2BCarat%2BAsscher%2BCut%2BDiamond%2BArt%2BDeco%2BEngagement%2BRing">Erstwhile Jewelry</a></strong>
Herkimer Diamond Ring
At $325, this Herkimer quartz diamond ring is not only stunning, it's affordable. Says designer <a href="http://www.etsy.com/shop/lumafina">Lumafina</a>, "What sets this ring apart is the thought put behind its design -- each stone, requested individually, reflects the character of its wearer and the minimal setting allows these hand-picked gems to shine." <br></br> <strong>$325, <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/102143603/herkimer-diamond-gold-band-ring-custom">Lumafina</a></strong>
Rose Gold Moissanite Ring
This gorgeous ring, by <a href="http://www.etsy.com/shop/onegarnetgirl">One Garnet Girl</a>, is made from recycled 14K rose gold and a conflict-free, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moissanite">Moissanite</a> stone. Says the designer, "For a couple looking for a high quality alternative to a diamond, this is a great fit. My hands carved this setting, set the stone, and the finished result is a heirloom piece of jewelry that stands apart from the production line." <br></br> <strong>$1,198, <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/93221240/cushion-cut-moissanite-engagement-ring">One Garnet Girl</a></strong>