EXCLUSIVE: Chris Harrison and former 'Bachelor' contestants reveal what happens to the rings after breakups


Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell went their separate ways on Monday, just over a year after getting engaged on the season 20 finale of The Bachelor -- but what happens to her ring?

ET's Katie Krause caught up with Bachelor host Chris Harrison at the Bachelorette junket on Wednesday, where he revealed that rings are returned after a couple splits up.

EXCLUSIVE: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell Show Off Massive $100K Engagement Ring

"[The rings] go to heaven," he joked. "I really don't know, because obviously Neil Lane gives these rings, but I think we own the rings at a certain point. Well, not me. I'd be cashing in my diamonds and living in Hawaii."

"The rings that are given back go back to [the production company] Next Entertainment or whoever," he added. "There is probably a vault or a bucket of just rings."

Once the ring is returned to the show, Harrison said it's anybody's guess what happens to the jewelry.

See photos of Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell together:

32 PHOTOS
Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell together
See Gallery
Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell together
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell discuss 'The Bachelor' at AOL Studios in New York on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell discuss 'The Bachelor' at AOL Studios in New York on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: The Bachelors(R_L) Lauren Bushnell and Ben Higgins are seen on 'Good Morning America' on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell visit ABC's 'Good Morning America' in Times Square on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell visit ABC's 'Live with Kelly and Michael' on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell visit ABC's 'Good Morning America' in Times Square on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell visit ABC's 'Good Morning America' in Times Square on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell visit ABC's 'Good Morning America' in Times Square on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: The Bachelors Lauren Bushnell and Ben Higgins are seen on 'Good Morning America' on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell visit ABC's 'Good Morning America' in Times Square on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: The Bachelors Lauren Bushnell and Ben Higgins are seen on 'Good Morning America' on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 17: 'Bachelor' Ben Higgins (L) and fiancee Lauren Bushnell visit 'The Lion King' on Broadway at Minskoff Theatre on March 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/WireImage)
NEW YORK - MARCH 18: The Bachelor's Ben Higgins and fiance Lauren Bushnell seen at the Today Show on March 18, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 30: TV personalities Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell attend the 2016 iHeartCountry Festival at The Frank Erwin Center on April 30, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 30: (L-R) TV personalities Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell speak onstage during the 2016 iHeartCountry Festival at The Frank Erwin Center on April 30, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
BEN & LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? - Freeform's 'Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?' stars Lauren Bushnell and Ben Higgins. (Vu Ong/FreeForm via Getty Images)
THE BACHELORETTE - 'After the Final Rose'- Emotions run high as JoJo sits down with Chris Harrison, live, to talk about her two final bachelors from this season - Jordan and Robby. She takes viewers back to those final days in exotic Phuket, Thailand, when she needed to make her life-changing decision. Both men return to sit with JoJo and discuss the shocking outcome of the show and their relationships. It's the unpredictable ending to JoJo's adventure to find true love on 'The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose,' MONDAY, AUGUST 1 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT). (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) BEN HIGGINS, LAUREN BUSHNELL
BEN & LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? - 'An Offer We Can't Refuse?' - After an uncomfortable lunch date with Ben's ex JoJo and her new fianc�Jordan, Ben and Lauren head back to Denver and begin to discover new things about each other, for better or worse, in an all-new episode of Freeform's original series 'Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?,' airing TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on Freeform. (Greg Zabilski/Freeform via Getty Images) JOJO FLETCHER, JORDAN RODGERS, BEN HIGGINS, LAUREN BUSHNELL
BEN & LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? - Freeform's 'Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?' stars Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell. (Vu Ong/FreeForm via Getty Images)
BEN & LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? - 'An Offer We Can't Refuse?' - After an uncomfortable lunch date with Ben's ex JoJo and her new fianc�Jordan, Ben and Lauren head back to Denver and begin to discover new things about each other, for better or worse, in an all-new episode of Freeform's original series 'Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?,' airing TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on Freeform. (Adam Larkey/Freeform via Getty Images) BEN HIGGINS, LAUREN BUSHNELL
BEN & LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? - 'Chad to the Bone' - Ben and Lauren head to the woods for a camping trip with some former Bachelor contestants, but all hell breaks loose when villain Chad shows up and threatens to ruin everything, in an all-new episode of Freeform's original series 'Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?,' airing TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on Freeform. (Adam Larkey/Freeform via Getty Images) LAUREN BUSHNELL, BEN HIGGINS
BEN & LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? - 'A House Divided' - After living in close quarters, Ben and Lauren decide to look at new houses and struggle to find a compromise, causing both to evaluate their current career plans and explore new options, in an all-new episode of Freeform's original series 'Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?,' airing TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on Freeform. (Josh Vertucci/Freeform via Getty Images) BEN HIGGINS, LAUREN BUSHNELL
BEN & LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? - Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell from Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After? enjoy a magical day at Disneyland. (Richard Harbaugh/ABC via Getty Images) LAUREN BUSHNELL, BEN HIGGINS
BEN & LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? - 'Relationship Retreat' - Ben and Lauren go to couples counseling with Grant, Lace and the twins - Emily and Haley - all in good fun until Ben drops a bombshell; then Ben and Lauren decide to go on a road trip to spend time together processing where they are at in their relationship, in a two-hour event of Freeform's original series 'Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?,' airing TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on Freeform. (Rick Rowell/Freeform via Getty Images) ED SHEVICK, FLORENCE 'TOOTS' SHEVICK, LAUREN BUSHNELL, BEN HIGGINS
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 23: TV personalities Lauren Bushnell (L) and Ben Higgins attend the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 23: TV personalities Ben Higgins (L) and Lauren Bushnell attend the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 24: Television personalities Ben Higgins (L) and Lauren Bushnell speak during the 2016 Daytime Village at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the Las Vegas Village on September 24, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
BEN & LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? - What a Difference a Year Makes - To celebrate their anniversary, Ben and Lauren decide to give back and focus on someone in need by pulling off a surprise home makeover renovation, in an all-new episode of Freeforms original series Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?, airing TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on Freeform. (Josh Vertucci/Freeform via Getty Images) BEN HIGGINS, LAUREN BUSHNELL
BEN & LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? - 'What Happens in Vegas...' - The couple arrives for their bachelor/bachelorette parties in Las Vegas, but things are a little uncomfortable as no one knows where Ben and Lauren's relationship lies, on the season finale of Freeform's original series 'Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?,' airing TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on Freeform. (Ronda Churchill/Freeform via Getty Images) BEN HIGGINS, LAUREN BUSHNELL
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 10: Lauren Bushnell and Ben Higgins attend The Knot Gala 2016 at New York Public Library on October 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 11: Lauren Bushnell (L) and Ben Higgins visit 'Extra' at their New York studios at H&M in Times Square on October 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

"Here's the thing, what do you do with those rings? You don't want one. You cant give it to the [next] girl you love, because that's a tainted ring and it obviously didn't work out. That's bad juju. So I don't know what you do with those rings," he said. "Maybe we sell them back to Neil Lane."

WATCH: Details on Vanessa Grimaldi's Huge Engagement Ring -- and Her 'Bachelor' Dress That's for Rent!

Meanwhile, a source tells ET that couples only have to return the ring if they break up within two years of their finale date, and that "most Bachelorettes will tell Neil which ring they love the most, and Neil will lead the guys on which one to pick."

Bachelor in Paradise star Ashley Iaconetti confirmed the two-year time frame to ET's Brice Sander at OK! Magazine's Summer Kickoff Party at the W Hollywood Hotel on Wednesday, saying that the ring "has to go back into production."

"[Production will] keep it, they return it back to Neil Lane... I have no idea," she confessed. "[Maybe] Neil Lane asks for it back. I actually just think they have it in a drawer."

Former Bachelor star Corinne Olympios has other ideas.

Here's how long every "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" couple lasted:

34 PHOTOS
'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette': Length of every winner's relationship
See Gallery
'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette': Length of every winner's relationship

"The Bachelor" (Season 1): Alex Michel didn't propose to Amanda Marsh when he chose her over Trista Rehn back in 2002, and they broke up after several months of dating.

(Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images)

"The Bachelor" (Season 2): Aaron Buerge and Helene Eksterowicz broke off their engagement after just a couple of weeks, continuing the franchise's early struggle to result on a long-lasting relationship. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

"The Bachelorette" (Season 1): Trista Rehn (now Trista Sutter) and Ryan Sutter are the ultimate Bachelor Nation success story. After getting married on national TV in 2003, the couple welcomed two children together and are still married 14 years later!

(Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)

"The Bachelor" (Season 3): Andrew Firestone proposed to Jen Schefft at the end of his season, but the couple broke up a few months later. They reportedly remained friends.

(Photo by Robert Mora/Getty Images)

"The Bachelor (Season 4): Bob Guiney didn't propose to Estella Gardinier at the end of his season, but he did give her a promise ring that she happily accepted. Clearly, the promise didn't last long, as they broke up a few weeks after the season aired.

(Photo by Larry Busacca/WireImage)

"The Bachelor" (Season 5): Jesse Palmer and Jessica Bowlin broke up after several weeks of dating. They never got engaged. (Photo by Michael Hickey/WireImage)
"The Bachelorette" (Season 2): Meredith Phillips picked Ian McKee, who proposed to Phillips in the season finale. They broke off their engagement a year later in February 2005. (Photo by J. Merritt/FilmMagic)
"The Bachelor" (Season 6): Byron Velvick and Mary Delgado were together for five years, but eventually broke up in 2009.
"The Bachelorette" (Season 3): Jen Schefft initially didn't choose either of her final two men, but during a live final rose ceremony, Schefft ended up choosing Jerry Ferris. When Ferris proposed, though, Schefft denied his proposal. Get all that?
"The Bachelor" (Season 7): Charlie O'Connell (brother of actor Jerry O'Connell) and Sarah Brice dated on and off for five years before calling it quits for good in 2010. They were never engaged. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
"The Bachelor" (Season 8): Travis Lane Stork, who you may recognize now as a current host of "The Doctors," and Sarah Stone broke up shortly after their season of the show aired in 2006.
"The Bachelor" (Season 9): Lorenzo Borghese and Jennifer Wilson dated for about four months before breaking up in January 2007. Borghese never proposed. 
"The Bachelor" (Season 10): Andrew Baldwin proposed to Tessa Horst in the season finale of his season, but the couple ended their engagement a month later. They continued dating for a few months before breaking up for good in the fall of 2007.

"The Bachelor" (Season 11): Brad Womack made history by choosing neither DeAnna Pappas nor Jenni Croft, leaving him with nobody at the end of the season.

(Photo by Edward Herrera/ABC via Getty Images)

"The Bachelor" (Season 12): Matt Grant and Shayne Lamas got engaged on the season finale, but broke up just a few months later in the summer of 2008.

(Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)

"The Bachelorette" (Season 4): DeAnna Pappas and Jesse Csincsak set their wedding date for a year after the finale of their season, but broke up before they could get there after six months of dating. Pappas would later return for Season 13 of "The Bachelor," and Csincsak ended up marrying a contestant from that same season.

(Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)

"The Bachelor" (Season 13): Jason Mesnick chose Molly Malaney over original winner Melissa Rycroft after he ended his engagement to Rycroft. Mesnick and Malaney famously wed on a TV special called "The Bachelor: Jason and Molly's Wedding" in March 2010. They welcomed their first child together in 2013 and are still together. 

(Photo by Robert Voets/ABC via Getty Images)

"The Bachelorette" (Season 5): Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski were engaged for a little over a year before breaking up in July 2010.

(Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for IMG)

"The Bachelor" (Season 14): Jake Pavelka proposed to Vienna Girardi at the end of his season, but the couple called off their engagement just a few months later.

(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage)

"The Bachelorette" (Season 6): Ali Fedotowsky and Roberto Martinez were engaged for 15 months before ending their relationship in November 2011.

"The Bachelor" (Season 15): Brad Womack was given another shot at love after ending Season 11 without a woman. He proposed to Emily Maynard during the show's finale after the couple had broken up during their season. They were engaged for just a few months before breaking up in May 2011.

(Photo by Mark Wessels/ABC via Getty Images)

"The Bachelorette" (Season 7): Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum got engaged on the finale of their season and married over a year later in a televised wedding. They share two children together and are still together.

(Photo by Rob Kim/WireImage)

"The Bachelor" (Season 16): Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson broke up while their season was airing, but resumed their engagement for another six months or so before ending things for good in October of 2012.

(Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

"The Bachelorette" (Season 8): Emily Maynard and Jef Holm were engaged for about six months before going their separate ways.

(Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)

"The Bachelor" (Season 17): Sean Lowe proposed to Catherine Giudici in the finale of his season, and they got married in January of 2014. They have one child together, Samuel, who was born in July 2016. They're still married.

(Photo by Dave Hagerman/ABC via Getty Images)

"The Bachelorette" (Season 9): Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried got married two years after their season wrapped in January 2015. They share one child together and are still married.

(Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images)

"The Bachelor" (Season 18): Controversial Bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis didn't propose to Nikki Ferrell, but they dated for over half a year before breaking up in October 2014. 

(Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)

"The Bachelorette" (Season 10): Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray ended their engagement about half a year after their got engaged. Murray would later be engaged to Amanda Standon from Season 20 of "The Bachelor," who he met on "Bachelor In Paradise" Season 3, but they broke up just six months later.

(Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)

"The Bachelor" (Season 19): Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff ended their engagement less than three months after the finale of Soules' season.

(Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)

"The Bachelorette" (Season 11): Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth got engaged in the season finale of their season in the summer of 2015, and they're still engaged and living together in Nashville.

(Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)

"The Bachelor" (Season 20): Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell enjoyed a little over a year of being engaged, before announcing their split in May 2017. They had starred on "Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After" together in the fall of 2016.

(Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)

"The Bachelorette" (Season 12): JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers got engaged on the season finale of their season in the summer of 2016. They're still together and living in Dallas.

(Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)

"The Bachelor" (Season 21): Nick Viall proposed to Vanessa Grimaldi on the finale of his season, and they're still engaged.

(Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

WATCH: Celebrity Sparklers! The 11 Best Engagement Rings of 2016

"It probably just gets remade into something else," she mused. "It could be made into my ring. I'm ready!"

However, rings that never actually make it onto a Bachelorette's finger have a much different fate.

"I thi​nk [all rings] are recycled, b​ecause ​I​'​m pretty sure Nick [Viall] used the same ring to propose to Vanessa [Grimaldi] that Robby [Hayes] used with JoJo [Fletcher]," said Chase McNary, who made it to the final three on Fletcher's season of The Bachelorette.

McNary is right -- the ring that Viall used was the same one Hayes intended to give Fletcher, but while it's the first time a recycled ring has been given to another woman on The Bachelor, Lane told ET in March that many of the rings he brings as options for the final two men will look familiar.

EXCLUSIVE: Robby Hayes Reacts to Nick Viall Using His Engagement Ring: He's Copying My Style Too!

"I bring six rings, and over the years, over the nine years, some are the same, some have changed settings or are redesigned, and some are totally new," he confessed.

As for pricing, over the past six seasons of the show, rings have reportedly ranged in price from $50,000 to almost $100,000, with the custom designed 4.25 carat ring Higgins gave Bushnell taking the top prize.

Reporting by Jennifer Peros.

See more on Higgins and Bushnell's recent split in the video below.

Read Full Story

Sign up for Entertainment Insider by AOL to get the hottest pop culture news delivered straight to your inbox!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.