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Melania Trump's 2 Engagement Rings Are Worth More than Three Other First Ladies' Rings Combined

Rodolfo Vieira
Oct 29, 2021
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Melania Trump, Michelle Obama, and Jill Biden are fashion icons, which is why everything they wear usually ends up on a magazine or newspaper cover. Their respective engagement rings are no different.

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All three First Ladies have had two rings each during their marriages. The six rings are nothing short of beautiful, and it's clear that their husbands, Donald Trump, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden, had gone to great lengths to acquire them.

Although their husbands sat in the big chair, the First Ladies were also expected to step up and take on a load of responsibilities too. This also presented many opportunities to show off their expensive jewelry collections.

Michelle Obama on the left and Melania Trump on the right | Photo: Getty Images

Michelle Obama on the left and Melania Trump on the right | Photo: Getty Images

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MELANIA TRUMP'S FIRST RING

Before becoming Donald Trump's wife, Melania was a talented supermodel known for her outstanding fashion choices. With that in mind, the mogul went above and beyond to find the perfect engagement ring.

According to Tobias Kormind, the managing director at 77 Diamonds, Melania received a "15 carat, D Flawless, emerald cut diamond ring" that her husband bought from Graff Diamonds.

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The expert confessed that such a piece of jewelry would cost around $3 million in today's market. However, its price tag was the topic of conversation for a while as Donald reportedly lied about what he paid for it.

In 2005, Donald told the New York Times that Graff Diamonds gave him a $1 million discount on the ring and that he onlypaid $1.5 million for it. He even said that "only a fool" would turn down that kind of offer.

Melania Trump on September 8, 2010 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

Melania Trump on September 8, 2010 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

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However, the company's chairman Laurence Graff contacted Forbes in January 2018 and revealed that they didn't give the Trumps any discount. She added that although it was a pleasure to do business with Donald, he was given "no favors."

Nicholas Paine, Graff Diamonds' CFO, added that the company didn't sell items for publicity value, which was the reason for the supposed discount that the New York Times article from 2005 had suggested.

Melania Trump on June 11, 2005 in Atlantic City, New Jersey | Photo: Getty Images

Melania Trump on June 11, 2005 in Atlantic City, New Jersey | Photo: Getty Images

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MELANIA TRUMP'S SECOND RING

For Donald and Melania's tenth wedding anniversary, the former U.S. First Lady was gifted a stunning engagement ring upgrade.

According to Tibia, she was given a 25-carat diamond that was significantly larger than the first one. Even though Donald bought it from Graff Diamonds, it was not D Flawless, the best diamond quality currently.

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Today, Melania Trump's second engagement ring is reportedly worth $3.5 million. And as Forbes established, the former POTUS did not get any special offer or discount and had to pay full price for it like any other customer.

Michelle and Melania weren't the only First Ladies who upgraded their rings while at the White House.

For the her official White House portrait, Melania opted to wear her second ring. The picture shows her in a black shirt with a bow neckline and a blazer. She stood with her arms crossed, thus perfectly showcasing the ring on her finger.

Former U.S. First Lady Melania Trump's official White House portrait in Washington, DC. | Photo: Getty Images

Former U.S. First Lady Melania Trump's official White House portrait in Washington, DC. | Photo: Getty Images

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MICHELLE OBAMA'S FIRST RING

Barack and Michelle Obama tied the knot back in October 1992. Back then, the bank account of the former U.S. President was nowhere near that of Donald Trump's, which is why Michelle's first engagement ring was much humbler than Melania's.

According to Kathryn Money, the Vice President of Strategy and Merchandising at Brilliant Earth, Michelle's original ring featured a "1-carat round diamond in a classic yellow gold solitaire setting."

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Kathryn pointed out that, depending on the quality, as well as other characteristics of the diamond, the cost of the piece of jewelry could vary between $5,000 and $20,000.

It is unknown when Michelle stopped wearing her first ring. She did reveal that she once threw her engagement ring out of the car when she was mad at Barack even though she doesn't remember what they were fighting about at the time.

Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on January 21, 2013 in Washington | Photo: Getty Images

Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on January 21, 2013 in Washington | Photo: Getty Images

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MICHELLE OBAMA'S SECOND RING

Like Melania Trump, Michelle also got a ring upgrade that Barack may have bought to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. About the ring, Kathryn said:

“Her new elegant ring features an approximately 3-carat princess or cushion cut center diamond in a white gold pavé diamond accented setting.”

Michelle Obama on October 11, 2018 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

Michelle Obama on October 11, 2018 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

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The expert pointed out that, depending on many factors, the cost of Michelle's second ring could be estimated between $30,000 and $50,000.

Michelle and Melania weren't the only First Ladies who upgraded their rings while at the White House. However, not all of the upgrades are as expensive as Melania's.

Michelle Obama and Melania Trump posing together next to Donald Trump and Barack Obama on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC | Photo: Getty Images

Michelle Obama and Melania Trump posing together next to Donald Trump and Barack Obama on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC | Photo: Getty Images

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JILL BIDEN'S RING AND UPGRADE

Jill Biden met the current U.S. President through his brother and was proposed to a total of 5 times before she finally said yes. According to her, she was hesitant about marrying him because that would mean a life in the spotlight.

She often wears her three-stone engagement ring on her finger. The ring features an emerald-cut diamond, of roughly 2 carats flanked by two baguette diamonds, and the band is made out of white gold or platinum.

Jill Biden gives the commencement speech at Borward College in Fort Lauderdale, Florida | Photo: Larry Marano/Getty Images

Jill Biden gives the commencement speech at Borward College in Fort Lauderdale, Florida | Photo: Larry Marano/Getty Images

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Just like Michelle and Melania, Jill had the chance to change her engagement ring. She recently swapped it for a thick black diamante band during a recent trip to Southern Virginia with her husband.

The 69-year-old proudly showed off the piece that appears to be several stacked bands on her finger while speaking at Tidewater Community College. She matched it with black belt and layered-pearl bracelets.

Joe Biden and Jill Biden stepping off Air Force One upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, Virginia | Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Joe Biden and Jill Biden stepping off Air Force One upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, Virginia | Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

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HILLARY CLINTON

Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, has been even luckier. The former first lady is known for being a classy yet practical lady who tries to change her style from time to time, and the same approach applies to her jewelry.

It has been reported that the 73-year-old, who met husband Bill Clinton at Yale Law Library back in 1971, likes to switch engagement rings quite often. Her original ring, however, was quite impressive. It had an emerald-cut diamond flocked by two baguettes on a gold band.

Hillary Clinton during The Streicker Center hosts a Special Evening with Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at The Streicker Center in New York City | Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images

Hillary Clinton during The Streicker Center hosts a Special Evening with Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at The Streicker Center in New York City | Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images

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THE EXCEPTION

Extravagant rings aside, one of the most intriguing rings to grace a First Lady's finger was Claudia Taylor Johnson's. Claudia, also known as Lady Bird, married former U.S President Lyndon B. Johnson just 3 months after meeting him at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in San Antonio, Texas, in 1934.

Unlike other First Ladies, Claudia was not a woman of expensive tastes. Thus it's no surprise that she wore the cheapest wedding ring out of them all, with her simple gold band costing only $2.50.

Claudia Taylor Johnson aka Lady Bird in 1968 | Photo: ABC Photo Archives/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images

Claudia Taylor Johnson aka Lady Bird in 1968 | Photo: ABC Photo Archives/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images

The late First Lady was married to Lyndon, 36th U.S. President, for 39 years and never upgraded her wedding ring, which was reportedly bought at Sears, Roebuck.

Claudia and Lyndon's love was quite strong and she proudly wore the cheap wedding band on her finger until the day she died. She proved that love is not something you can buy.

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