Melania Trump news: Engagement ring from Donald Trump before wedding worth huge sum
Melania Trump, 50, married the US President, Donald Trump, 73, in 2005. She has a diamond engagement ring that is reportedly worth millions of pounds. How does it compare to the rings he gave his ex-wives?
Melania Trump ring
After Donald proposed, the former model showed off the lavish jewel she was given, Tobias Kormind, managing director at 77Diamonds.com, explained.
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’.”
While the diamond ring cost a staggering sum of money, it was later upgraded by the President.
Melania’s diamond jewel was swapped for a more expensive ring to celebrate their 10 year anniversary.
Tobias continued: “A decade later on their 10th anniversary, Donald Trump upgraded the size of Melania’s ring to a 25 carat diamond, also from Graff.
“This is the ring Melania decided to wear in her official White House portrait.
Marla Maples ring
After splitting from Ivana, Donald met the American actress, Marla Maples, 56.
The pair were married from 1993 to 1999 and have one child together, Tiffany Trump, who is 26-years-old.
Marla had a 7.45 carat Harry Winston diamond engagement ring which she sold after the divorce for around £90,700.
In 2016, it was sold again at auction and fetched a staggering £247,000.
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.
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.