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A Look Back at Vanessa Bryant's 'Apology' Ring

12/17/2011 at 05:00 PM ET

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If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, perhaps Vanessa Bryant will find solace in hers as she works through her divorce from husband Kobe Bryant. The mom of two filed for divorce in Los Angeles on Friday — though the fate of her $4 million diamond sparkler, a gift from her soon-to-be ex, is to be determined.

Kobe purchased the ring for Vanessa in July of 2003, three days after prosecutors declared he’d be charged with the rape of a 19-year-old employee at a Colorado resort where he’d stayed. Dubbed the “apology ring” — though PEOPLE reported that the basketball star had commissioned the bauble two weeks before charges were announced — it’s an 8-carat purple diamond set in a glimmering band.

The week before presenting his wife with the diamond, Kobe faced reporters during a press conference at the Staples Center in L.A. and admitted to cheating on his wife. “You’re my backbone,” he told Vanessa apologetically as she looked on solemnly. “You’re a blessing. You’re a piece of my heart. You’re the air I breathe. And you’re the strongest person I know, and I’m so sorry for having to put you through this and having to put our family through this.”

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Lol on

Kobe chilling at the holiday inn.

Donna on

Where’s the question, it was a gift, and a gift for infidelity, which is again the reason for the divorce. The ring is hers, he’s the A H for continuing with his ways. Take him for all you can get, these men have to start learning that if you hurt someone, you are going to be hurt back, through the wallet and bank account.

Uh huh on

Yeah, he’s sorry alright.

Fran on

So who apologizes to the rape victim?

Lily on

Well, at least the diamond IS forever. LOL.

davd]id c peck on

talk to a divorce lawyer. even her shoes are marital property if bought during the marriage.
in all other aspects, guys get screwed…

rick on

i’m an attorney. she has every right to keep that ring and every other “gift” he’s given her during their 10 year marraige. i’m sorry kobe but legally speaking, she’s won big time.

Cinder's mom on

Hey Kim, Kobe will be available soon. You can be back on the court in no time.

Kyesha on

She’s a lost girl! Poor N’essa….

Kobe should be arrested by the PETA police! He eat da beef! Lock’um up! N’essa could du betta!

U know dat!

Jill on

Awwwww

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