Melania Trump loves a little bling. Prior to her role as former President Donald Trump’s first lady, Melania had sold her own line of jewelry on the QVC shopping channel in 2010. Although the collection is now defunct, she enjoyed greater glamor in her life, receiving numerous pieces of jewelry from foreign leaders during her tenure as First Lady of the United States. But she was only able to enjoy the plays for a limited time, as federal law required the items to be turned over to the state archives upon leaving office.
But the former model continues to keep tabs on some of the most dazzling pieces. So what does Melania keep in her latest jewelry collection?
1. Her first engagement ring
When Melania got engaged to businessman Donald in 2004, he gave her a 15-carat diamond ring valued at $1.5 million. At the time, an anonymous Trump aide said the ring was so “dazzling” that they “had to put sunglasses on” after seeing it.
Trump made headlines by sharing he got a 50 per cent discount on the ring at the time, but the brand later said it doesn’t sell items with promotional value, according to British media.
In 2020, it was reported that Graff’s D Flawless ring was actually worth around $3 million.
2. The 10th Anniversary Gift
Melania was gifted an upgrade to the ring 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 wore it in her official White House portrait two years later.
But the former first lady faced backlash for showing off the sparkler to the American public by strategically positioning the stone toward the camera lens. Her appearance has drawn comparisons to former First Lady Michelle Obama’s contradictoryly modest portrait. People also pointed out that the $3 million ring could have paid for some of the proposed programs outlined in Donald’s presidential campaign.
Melania doesn’t wear the hefty diamond every day, but she wore it to the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award in Washington in March 2017 and to the 139th Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House the following month.
3. Your emerald cut wedding ring
The couple also chose Graff for Melania’s wedding ring when they married in 2005, a year before their son Barron was born. The 13-carat ring, which was slipped onto her finger after they tied the knot in front of a star-studded guest list, contains 15 emerald-cut diamonds.
However, her second engagement ring is so big that she doesn’t wear the two on the same finger, which is why she sometimes changes her wedding ring to her ring finger on her right side.
4. The Eternity Ring
Melania has another diamond band that resembles her wedding ring. She was seen wearing the piece of jewelry – which features slightly smaller diamonds – during a White House event in July 2020. She combined 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 band when Melania and Donald Trump attended a College Football Playoff National Championship game in New Orleans in January 2020.
5. Diamond stud earrings for special occasions
The Jackie Kennedy-style blue coat by Ralph Lauren that Melania wore to the inauguration in January 2017 has become iconic. But the diamond earrings by Van Cleef & Arpels, which she combined, also attracted attention. She also wore the princess-cut stones to the Freedom Ball that night, where they garnered even more attention when she rocked a gown by designer Hervé Pierre.
The stud earrings are clearly very special to Melania as she rarely wears earrings. In June 2019, she rocked the glittery studs again, this time during a state visit to the UK, when she met Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Charles at a reception at Clarence House. While two years ago she wore her hair up to really show off the diamonds, her earrings still stood out in London with her flowing curls.
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