Gillespie Jewelers says DeMarcus Ware helped design a custom-made $42,967 diamond bracelet three years ago but never paid for it.
An Addison jeweler has filed a lawsuit against DeMarcus Ware, saying the Dallas Cowboy ordered a custom-made $42,967 diamond bracelet three years ago but never paid for it.
Ware's attorney said the jewelry store owner filed the lawsuit for the publicity.
Kim Gillespie, owner of Gillespie Jewelers, said Ware helped design the diamond bracelet for his then-wife. It has the letter W in the middle and the first initials of the couple's two children on either side. It also has his wife's name inscribed on the back.
In a lawsuit filed this week in Dallas County District Court, Gillespie said Ware picked up the item in November 2010 and gave it to his wife the following month.
In early 2011, Ware brought the bracelet back to be resized and never picked it up. At about the same time, he began to have marital problems, the lawsuit said.
Gillespie also said Ware backed out of a deal to appear in an advertisement for the store.
Ware's attorney, Levi McCathern, said Gillespie gave Ware the bracelet as a gift for his wife and that there was no agreement to pay for it. He said Gillespie's claim is an advertising ploy.
Gillespie said he has been in the jewelry business in the Dallas area since 1983 and only wants what he is owed. He said he has tried patiently to get Ware to pay for the bracelet for three years.