In California, it depends on who broke the engagement. For example, if the
person who received the ring is the one who is reneging on the engagement, then
that person must relinquish the jewelry. In New York, North Carolina, Minnesota,
Tennessee and other states, appellate courts say engagement rings are
conditional gifts that must be returned to the gift giver if the condition --
namely, the marriage -- does not take place, regardless of who broke off the
engagement. Kansas and Montana say a gift, once given, cannot be taken
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