Michelle Obama’s Engagement Ring Got A Major Upgrade & It’s So Chic
It was a small, subtle change — so small that you probably missed it. But as it turns out, Michelle Obama's engagement ring got a major upgrade in 2017. That means the sparkler on the former First Lady's finger this very moment isn't the original one Barack Obama gave her when he proposed back in 1991. And though very few details have been revealed about her glitzy new bauble, one thing's for certain: it's a major change from the original, and a chic one at that.
Prior to Jan. 7, 2017, Obama donned a simple, one-carat solitaire diamond set in yellow gold and a matching gold wedding band. It was a classic, timeless piece that accented her iconic wardrobe throughout her time in the White House. She was nicknamed the First Lady of Style, after all.
It appears that Obama started wearing her new engagement ring — a square-cut diamond set atop a thick pavé band — about a year ago. She was first photographed wearing the eye-catching accessory in late 2017, and most recently, during an Oct. 11, 2018 appearance on Today. As for the timing of her new ring? Obama may have a touching reason behind the upgrade.
If you follow the Obama's closely, you'll know Oct. is a special month for the power duo. The couple celebrated 25 years of marriage on Oct. 3, 2017, so it's possible that the sparkler aligned with their anniversary. Considering 25 years is known as the silver anniversary, a monumental gift isn't uncommon (hence the major engagement ring upgrade that followed several weeks after).
Since Oct. of last year, Obama has rarely been spotted without the dazzling, square-cut diamond ring. And while it's certainly a change from the more timeless, classic one she donned up until Jan. 2017, it's sure to inspire brides-to-be who are looking for a piece with that sought-after sparkle.
Ahead, The Zoe Report rounded up four dazzling engagement rings, all of which are inspired by Obama's new sparkler. Shop them all, below.
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Odessa Diamond Ring
The center gem on this engagement ring is lined with pavé-set diamonds. That design element, along with the stunning, French pavé diamond accents on the band, make this bauble truly dazzling.
French Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring
This square-cut diamond ring is slightly more subtle than Obama's, but it's still as eye-catching because of the pavé-lined band — just wait until the light hits. If you really like sparkle (like, really like it), then this bauble is your calling card.
Pavé Diamond Band Ring
If a big, glitzy gemstone isn't for you, but you still want subtle sparkle, look towards this sleek pavé diamond band ring.
Valencia Diamond Ring
The delicate diamond band on this ring is simply stunning (not to mention, very on-trend). It's perfect for the bride-to-be who loves subtle sparkle and elegance.