Now That Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux Have Split, What Happens To That $500,000 Engagement Ring?

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Last week, the news broke that power couple Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have officially called it quits. The couple, who has been married since August 2015, has announced their divorce, and, in between drying our tears over the news, we can't help but wonder what will become of the actress's epic engagement ring.

We know, we know: Asking the important questions. But if you had half a million dollars on your finger, wouldn't you want to know where etiquette rules and the law say it should go? When Aniston and Theroux got engaged back in 2012, the actor gifted his love a gorgeous (and gigantic) diamond ring that featured an eight-carat emerald-cut solitaire stone that toted an estimated value of $500,000. And luckily, the law says that Aniston is under no obligation to return it.

“The engagement ring pre-dates the marriage, and therefore is Jennifer’s separate property regardless of whether it is mentioned in the prenuptial agreement,” L.A.-based attorney and certified family law specialist David Glass told PEOPLE magazine. “As long as the parties get married, then the recipient keeps the engagement ring," explained Glass, who is notably not involved with the couple's divorce proceedings, although previous celeb splits seem to confirm his statement. Mariah Carey still wears her infamous 35-carat engagement ring from her ex-fiancé James Packer, for example.

This means that, if Aniston so chooses, she gets to keep her bling. Whether she will—and what she'll do with it if she does—is still up for debate. After all, Aniston has stated that she was never one for diamonds before Theroux slipped that sparkler on her finger. “It’s a rock, I know,” Aniston told the New York Times following her engagement announcement. “He rocked it up. It took me a while to get used to it. I’m not a diamond girl.”

Well, nothing like a $500,000 rock to turn you into one!

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