Melania Trump has been married to US President Donald Trump since 2005. When Donald proposed, he gave his wife an engagement ring that was said to be worth over £2million. The former model has stopped wearing this ring – why?
“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’.”
In January 2005, the couple married in a £1million ceremony with a reception that took place at Donald’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
On the big day, Melania became the step-mother to Donald’s children, Donald Trump Jr, 42, Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump, 36, and Tiffany Trump, 26
The couple have also had one child together, Barron Trump, who was born on March 20, 2006.
While Melania and Donald have been happily married for over 15-years, the former model no longer wears the ring she was first given by Donald.
Instead it has been replaced by another diamond jewel worth an estimated £2.7million.
Melania reportedly changed her ring as she received a new one as a gift from Donald in 2015.
Tobias continued: “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.”
Tobias said: “When she got engaged to Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump received a 5.22 carat, D Flawless, cushion cut diamond on a diamond encrusted band.
“I estimate it to be worth £400,000 and the couple married in 2009.
“It is thought to be designed by Ivanka but Jared chose the central diamond. She rarely wears it.”
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.