Melania Trump is a former model who has been the US first lady since Donald Trump became President in 2017. When the couple wed, Melania was given a stunning diamond engagement ring that cost an eye-watering sum of money. Was it more expensive than the rings he gave his ex-wives?
Melania met the former businessman at a party in September 1998 and they soon began dating.
Donald had been married twice before and was in the process of getting divorced when the couple met.
They dated for six years before Donald popped the question and they married in January 2005.
The lavish wedding reception was held at Donald’s Mar-a-Lago estate and was said to set the pair back a jaw-dropping £1.9 million.
Melania Trump ring
The First Lady was given a pricey diamond ring when Donald proposed, Tobias Kormind, managing director at 77Diamonds.com, explained.
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He told Express.co.uk: “When Melania Trump got engaged in 2005, Donald Trump bought her a 15 carat, D Flawless, emerald cut diamond ring from Graff which would today retail for $ 3 million which is around £2.3 million.
“At the time, Trump hit the headlines for claiming he had enjoyed a 50 percent discount. Graff was later quoted saying ‘We don’t sell items for publicity value’.”
Although the jewel was already worth a huge amount, Donald upgraded it ten years later as an anniversary present.
A decade later on their 10th anniversary, Donald Trump upgraded the size of Melania’s ring to a 25 carat diamond, also from Graff,” Tobias added.
“This is the ring Melania decided to wear in her official White House portrait.
“That 10th anniversary ring would today retail for $ 3.5 million or £2.7 million – it is significantly larger than Melania’s original engagement ring but it is not D Flawless, which is the top and most coveted diamond quality in existence.”
Ivana Trump ring
Before meeting Melania, Donald had been married twice before and was first wed in 1977.
He said his nuptials with Czech model, Ivana Trump, 70, and the couple had three children together, Donald Jr, 42, Ivanka, 38, and Eric, 35.
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When he proposed to Ivana, Donald stayed quiet on how much the engagement ring actually cost.
He signed a prenup that allowed Ivana to keep any jewellery from their relationship so it is likely she still has it.
Marla Maples ring
After splitting from Ivana in 1992, Donald quickly moved on with actress Marla Maples.
The pair wed in 1993 and they have one child together, Tiffany, who was born in 1993.
Donald presented his wife with a 7.45 carat Harry Winston diamond engagement ring.
After officially getting divorced in 1999, Marla sold the ring for around £90,700.
It has since grown in value and was sold again at auction in 2016, where it fetched a staggering £247,000.
However, it still seems Donald chose to spend the most amount of money on his engagement ring to Melania.
Melania Trump: Five facts about the USA’s First Lady
Mum-of-one Melania can speak more languages than any other First Lady before her: English, French, German, Italian, Serbian and of course her mother tongue, Slovenian.
This also makes her the only First Lady whose first language is not English.
After Jacqueline Kennedy, Melania is the second First Lady who is a practising Catholic.
She met Pope Francis as part of a foreign tour with her husband and stepdaughter Ivanka last year.
Melania was a successful model, posing for Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and GQ.
Her skills aren’t confined to print, and she appeared in a commercial for Aflac, an American insurance company, in 2005.
Melania’s parents are Amalija Knavs and Viktor Knavs, and the couple live together in Washington.
She has one sister, Ines, who is reported to live in New York and work as an artist.
On May 7 2018, Melania launched her flagship campaign as First Lady, BE BEST, which The White House describes as “an awareness campaign focused entirely around the well-being of children”.
There are three main strands to the initiative: well-being, social media, and opioid abuse.