Silence is Diamond

The appellant should not have put his money where her mouth was in Reed versus St. Romain, 2011 CA 2207. In this case, the First Circuit Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s ruling that a diamond ring given to Ms. St. Romain was a “shut up” (and stop talking about marriage) ring and not a ring given in contemplation of marriage. A ring given in contemplation of a marriage that does not occur must be returned to the donor, in this case Mr. Reed. The trial court that heard the evidence concluded that Ms. St. Romain’s version of their romance was the more believable. The First Circuit Court of Appeal agreed and Ms. St. Romain kept her “shut up” ring.