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In order for a gift to be enforceable, three things must be present: (1) the donor's intent to give the ring as a gift, (2) the donor's delivery of the ring to the donee, and (3) the donee's acceptance of the ring. If you can demonstrate all three elements, a court will consider the ring to be a gift to you.
You will of course also have to prove that the ring had nothing to do with an engagement or marriage.
When it comes to engagement rings, Texas law applies the conditional-gift rule, which means that an engagement ring, by its very nature, is a conditional gift given in contemplation of marriage. The conditional gift rule as applied by Texas courts contains an element of fault. This means that Texas courts will look to which person is at fault for breaking the engagement.
From a practical standpoint, what all this means is that if a women accepts an engagement ring and sometime thereafter breaks the engagement for no justifying reason, the law requires her to return the ring to her former fiancé.
However, if you can disprove your ex's claim that the ring was an engagement ring, and prove the other 3 elements above, a court will likely find that the ring was simply a gift to you and can not be revoked.
It definitely seems like he is trying to set up proof that the ring was part of an engagement agreement. You should write back to him in no uncertain terms that you never agreed to marry him and that the ring was never a part of an engagement agreement. You should tell him that you accepted the ring separately and apart from any discussion or consideration of marriage. Unfortunately, if he does take you to court to try to recover the ring, it essentially will be your word against his as to whether or not the ring was given in contemplation of marriage. You should try to think of and start building a case as to why the ring was a regular gift - what were the circumstances at the time it was given, what was said at the time, how did you wear the ring, who did you show it to and why. If it does go to court, a lot will depend on the proof and who seems more credible to the court. His letter is a little on the "unbalanced" side if you ask me.
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