Melania Trump loves a bit of bling. Prior to her role as former President Donald Trump’s first lady, Melania had her own jewelry line sold on the QVC shopping channel in 2010. Although the collection is now defunct, she has continued to enjoy more sparkle in his life and received many jewels. of foreign leaders when she was first lady of the United States. But she could only savor the pieces for a limited time because, under federal law, the items had to be turned over to the national archives after leaving office.
But the former model continues to keep a close eye on some of the most dazzling pieces. So what does Melania have in her current jewelry collection?
1. Her first engagement ring
When Melania got engaged to businessman Donald in 2004, he gave her a 15-carat diamond ring worth $1.5 million. At the time, an anonymous Trump staffer said the ring was so “blinding” they “had to put on sunglasses” after laying eyes on it.
Trump made headlines by sharing that he got a 50% discount on the ring at the time, but the brand later said it was not selling items for advertising purposes, according to reports. British media.
It was reported in 2020 that Graff’s D Flawless ring was indeed valued at around US$3 million.
2. The 10-year anniversary gift
Melania received a ring upgrade a decade after she and Donald tied the knot in 2005. This time, she received a 25-carat diamond ring from the same brand, Graff, and she continued to wear in his official White House. portrait two years later.
But the former first lady faced backlash for parading the sparkler to the American public by strategically positioning the rock towards the camera lens. Her appearance has drawn comparisons to the contrasting portrayal of former First Lady Michelle Obama. People also pointed out that the US$3 million ring could have paid for some of the proposed programs outlined in Donald’s presidential campaign.
Melania doesn’t wear the large diamond every day, but she did wear it at the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award in Washington in March 2017 and at the 139th Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the House White. month.
3. Her emerald-cut wedding band
The couple also chose Graff for Melania’s wedding ring when they tied the knot in 2005, a year before their son Barron was born. The 13-carat ring that slipped on her finger after exchanging vows in front of a star-studded guest list contains 15 emerald-cut diamonds.
However, her second engagement ring is so large that she doesn’t wear both on the same finger, so she sometimes switches her wedding ring to her ring finger on the right side.
4. The Eternity Ring
Melania has another diamond ring that resembles her wedding ring. She was seen wearing the jewel – which features slightly smaller diamonds – at a White House event in July 2020. She paired the two for her appearance at the Republican National Convention in Maryland in August 2020.
The oval-cut diamond eternity ring was stacked with another standout group when Melania and Donald Trump attended a college football playoff national championship game in New Orleans in January 2020.
5. Diamond earrings for special occasions
The blue Ralph Lauren Jackie Kennedy-style coat that Melania wore to the grand opening in January 2017 has become iconic. But the Van Cleef & Arpels diamond earrings she paired also caught the eye. She also wore the princess-cut stones to the Freedom Ball that night, where they were on even more display as she wore a dress by designer Hervé Pierre.
Studs are clearly very special to Melania as she rarely wears earrings. She rocked the twinkling nails again in June 2019, this time during a state visit to the UK when she met Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles at a reception at Clarence House. While she had worn her hair in a bun to really show off the diamonds two years prior, her earrings still stood out with her flowing London tresses.
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