Minnesota law is very clear on this point. If an engagement ring was given prior to the marriage, and a marriage subsequently took place, then the engagement ring is the non-marital property of the recipient, and the giver has no right to any of it’s value.  This is in contrast to gifts of jewelry between spouses during the marriage, which remain marital property.  Footnotes: 1. Linderman v. Linderman, 364 N.W.2d 872, 877 (Minn.Ct.App. 1985) [engagement ring and wedding band are recipients’ pre-marital property]. 2. Minnesota Statute section 518.003, Subdivision 3b(a).
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