It’s been nearly 64 years since the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decided, in De Cicco v. Barker, that an engagement ring is a “nature of a pledge, given on the implied condition that the marriage shall take place.”

“If the contract to marry is terminated without fault on the part of the donor, he may recover the ring,” the De Cicco court ruled, siding with the plaintiff, who was attempting to recover a six-carat diamond engagement ring from his former fiancée.