An American lawyer is suing his ex-fiancée for refusing to return an engagement ring that cost him $100,000.
Ryan Strasser, a lawyer at Troutman Sanders in Washington DC, has filed a claim against his ex-fiancée Sarah Jones Dickens which describes how their fairy tale romance soured.
The couple began dating at the end of 2015, and moved into a five bedroom home in July 2016. Strasser, who was working at Hogan Lovells at the time, paid the rent, bills and all their living expenses. His belle offered no financial contribution, he says, because she was completing a PhD in art history and had no income.
After a few months of courting, Dickens gave Strasser a deadline of one year to propose. She allegedly told Strasser that the ring had to contain a diamond of between 3.5 and 5 carats, and stipulated that she needed to pre-approve it to ensure it was of sufficient quality.
Strasser looked for a ring with a budget of $40,000 in mind, but according to his claim he was informed by Dickens that that wouldn't cut it. He claims that she advised him to spend "extra" money on her ring, rather than "wasting" money on a large wedding. Her rationale was that she would be able to enjoy the ring daily, for the rest of her life.
In December 2016, with wedding bells ringing in his ears rather than alarm bells, Strasser bought a ring meeting Dickens' requirements, for $100,000. In order to do so he took out a loan of $30,000, with monthly payments of around $1,000 which will run until 2020, plus insurance.
Strasser got down on one knee and proposed in February 2017. But in January 2018, the couple had a tumultuous split and ended their engagement.
Strasser moved out of the home, but continued to pay rent for Dickens to stay there to work on her dissertation. When Dickens finally vacated the property after several months, she neglected to tell Strasser. According to the lawyer's claim, she also caused considerable damage to the property by daubing "angry" writing in permanent marker on the walls, and leaving meat to rot in an unplugged fridge. Strasser is claiming $3,800 from Dickens to recoup the compensation that he had to pay to the landlord for the damage.
Strasser has also requested that Dickens return the engagement ring, but she has allegedly told him that it "belonged to her" forever, and that she would "never give it back.
My precious. Mine". Strasser argues that it was a conditional gift, and that Dickens is in wrongful possession of it.
Strasser's claim also lists various items he owned, such as laptops and other electronic equipment, which he says are missing and should be returned to him.