The First Lady Engagement Rings: Symbols of Power and Style
Did you know Presidents’ Day is right around the corner? Also called Washington’s Birthday, this holiday is celebrated in the United States on the third Monday of February, so this year, it will fall on the 20th. But today, instead of focusing on the powerful presidents of the nation, we’ll focus on the powerful women who’ve stood by these men, and also take a closer look at their iconic engagement rings.
Ready to learn more about these First Ladies and their sparklers? Let’s dive in!
First Lady Michelle Obama is intelligent, driven, and known for her activism for education and health. She is also known for her style, and her jewelry choice is just as iconic. Michelle and former President Barack Obama have been married for 31 years. They met while working at a law firm in 1989, married three years later, and have two daughters, Malia and Sasha. Barack Obama proposed to Michelle with a one-carat diamond solitaire that was set in yellow gold.
If you love Michelle’s engagement ring, then you’ll have to check out this With Clarity alternative: Petite Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring. This classic solitaire features a thinner band with smooth edges that put the focus on the center diamond. Select the size of your diamond–it fits 0.3 to 10 carats as well as your favorite metal (platinum or 14K or 18K yellow, rose, or white gold).
In addition to being First Lady, Hilary Clinton had her own successful political career. Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton served as a U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. Senator from New York. In the 2008 election, Clinton was a leading candidate for the Democratic Presidential nomination.
Hillary met former President Bill Clinton at the Yale University library in 1971. Bill proposed to Hillary for the first time in 1973, and eventually, Hillary agreed and they married in 1975. They’ve been together for 50 years, and have a daughter, Chelsea, and three grandchildren.
Hillary’s engagement ring is an emerald-cut center stone with elegant side baguettes that’s set in yellow gold. For a similar ring, look at this Three Stone Tapered Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring. The setting features 0.46 carats of accent diamonds in a three-stone style with classic tapered baguettes and round pavé stones. You can customize by choosing your metal and size of your center stone – 0.25 to 10 carats.
Barbara Bush and former president George Bush, Sr. were married for 73 years. They met at a Christmas dance when Barbara was 16 and Geroge was 17. They dated for several years and George decided to commemorate his love at a commissioning ceremony for a Navy carrier called the USS San Jacinto. Right before the event, he pulled out a star sapphire engagement ring from his pocket, and asked Barbara to marry him. They married in 1975, and had six children.
Barbara’s blue star sapphire ring was a family heirloom that was handed down from George Bush, Sr.’s aunt. If Barbara Bush’s engagement ring caught your eye, look at the Cathedral Halo Sapphire Ring. Its center stone is a blue sapphire (0.5 to 2 carats) that’s halo set with elegant spiraled metalwork in the cathedral style windows. The white gold setting features 0.56 carats of diamonds.
Melania Trump got engaged to former president Donald Trump in 2005 after dating for six years. They met at a party in 1998 and began dating. He proposed with a 15-carat, emerald-cut diamond ring with side baguettes that is set in platinum. They married in 2005 and welcomed a son in 2006.
For a similar style, look at the Elegance Three Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring. This ring has two tapered baguettes that frame the center diamond for sophisticated and understated sparkle. The center stone can be anywhere from 0.3 to 10 carats, and the setting has 0.25 carats. Select your favorite metal to create your perfect ring.
She accepted a position as a high-school teacher after graduating from college. There she met Richard Nixon who had come home from Duke University Law School to start a practice. They got to know each other while working in the same play. After falling in love, he proposed to her in the spring. Her diamond solitaire engagement ring was nestled in a small basket filled with mayflowers, and they were married in an intimate wedding ceremony on June 21, 1940. They went on to have two daughters.
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These iconic engagement rings remind us of some incredible First Ladies. If you’d like to see additional engagement ring options, check out withclarity.com for thousands of unique settings that offer customization options, such as lab or natural diamonds, size of center stone, and metal options.
Which First Lady has the most beautiful engagement ring?
Several First Ladies have had stunning engagement rings, so the most beautiful really comes down to personal style.
What is the carat weight of the diamond in Michelle Obama’s engagement ring?
Michelle’s current engagement ring is a 3-carat princess or cushion cut diamond set in a white gold, pavé style setting. Her original engagement ring was a one-carat solitaire set in yellow gold.
What kind of engagement ring does Melania Trump have?
When Melania got engaged in 2005, her engagement ring was a 15 carat, emerald-cut diamond set in platinum. It features smaller diamonds on either side of the center cut stone.