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Ed Swiderski's romantic proposal to Jillian Harris. Oh, and the ring. Photo: Mario Perez, ABC | Courtesy of Neil Lane (Inset)

"The Bachelorette" Jillian Harris already has a broken heart. Soon, she'll have an empty spot on her left hand.

A source confirms to StyleList that the blinding Neil Lane engagement ring presented to her by Ed Swiderski must be returned to Warner Brothers, the producer of the ABC reality show on which they found love.

"They are taking the summer off," a source close to the show tells StyleList of the couple, who confirmed their separation earlier this week amidst rumors of trouble in paradise.

"They have not broken up. They both hope to get back together."

Swiderski, a Chicago-based technology consultant, proposed to Harris in Hawaii in spring 2009 with a 2.5-carat, $60,000 pear-shaped, center diamond Neil Lane ring, which has six baguette-cut diamonds on either side and an additional 94 round-cut diamonds for accents.

Swiderski
sweetly dropped to one knee and told the tearful interior designer he wanted her "to give me a hard time when I'm 80."


The show's contractual rules stipulate that couples who do not stay engaged for at least two years must return their rings, RardarOnline.com reports.

Such was the case with controversial recent "The Bachelor" pick Vienna Girardi, who had to hand over her Neil Lane bauble after her nasty split with pilot/actor fame whore Jake Pavelka.

As we've learned from the dismal track record of the "Bachelor/Bachelorette" franchise -- which has produced only two marriages during its combined 20 seasons -- hot tub-hopping, champagne-sipping couples often struggle when their whirlwind romances are put to the real-world test.

Harris and Swiderski seemed, for a while anyway, to be the exception. They set up house in Chicago and were all smiles at the February wedding of former "Bachelor" Jason Mesnick and his bride, Molly Malaney.

Harris even proclaimed she was so happy that she would marry Swiderski in a "burlap sack," but admitted in more recent interviews that they were struggling. She has acknowledged giving up alcohol to pursue a healthier lifestyle and Swiderski has confessed to frat-boy tendencies.

Still, expect the pair to take a classier road than Girardi and Pavelka. Harris, who is now on the design team of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," was tweeting with Swiderski this week about the ugly he said/she interview the duo gave during the July 6 episode of "The Bachelorette."

Swiderski, however, shut down his Twitter account shortly after posting the name, email address, and phone number of a magazine writer he accused of using bogus quotes in an article about the couple's split.

Meanwhile, read about how kicked-to-the-curb Girardi has found employment as a spokesperson for a hair-care line's philanthropy project.