Pitt and Aniston Settle with Damiani

January 14, 2002

Pitt and Aniston Settle with Damiani

As part of the settlement to a suit filed in July 2001 by actors Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, Pitt will design jewelry for Italian jewelry maker Damiani International and Aniston will appear in the company's ads. The couple, married July 2000, sued Damiani for $50 million last year, saying Damiani used Pitts design for the couple's wedding bands in its jewelry line. This violated an agreement the pair said it made with Damiani to never reproduce the design.

Pitt will design an exclusive jewelry collection for Damiani and Aniston will be featured in an advertising campaign that will run in a number of countries throughout the world, but not in North America.

The original wedding bands, based on Pitt's design idea, were made in white gold. His was engraved with "Jen 2000" and included 10 diamonds; hers contained 20 diamonds and was engraved "Brad 2000."

The alleged copies were sold in 18k white or yellow gold, featuring 12 or 13 diamonds and priced at about $1,000 each.

– by Michael Thompson

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