Michelle Obama has always held herself with grace and style, and now, a little bling. It appears the former first lady has gotten a sparkly engagement ring upgrade.
Michelle, who recently celebrated her 26th wedding anniversary with Barack Obama, tied the knot in October 1992 with a yellow gold engagement ring set with a solitaire and a matching wedding band. But, as Us Weekly notes, in recent months, the ring Obama has been sporting looks very different. The new engagement ring appears to be a sizable square diamond set on a band of smaller diamonds, paired with a fully encrusted wedding band.
We don’t know exactly when this new sparkler popped up, or more importantly why, but the transition from the old ring to the new one seemed to start in 2017, toward the end of her husband’s presidency. Early that year she was sporting a single, thicker band on her ring finger, and in 2018 it seems she started wearing a new rock.
Here is her old look:
Here is her ring at her husband's farewell address in January of 2017:
And here is her ring at the 2018 American Library Association Annual Conference in June of 2018:
The new bling, it seems, did come just in time for Obama's new book tour. The multi-city tour for Michelle's memoir Becoming kicked off this week, leading the former First Lady to open up about her private life. She's discussed her time in the White House, her struggles with fertility and even problems in her marriage. In Elle magazine's December cover story Obama also told Oprah Winfrey about why she and Barack went to marriage counseling.
"When you get married and have kids, your whole plan, once again, gets upended. Especially if you get married to somebody who has a career that swallows up everything, which is what politics is," Obama said.
When her husband began traveling between Washington and Springfield, and she was trying to keep things together at home with their daughters Sasha and Malia, the couple decided to try counseling.
"Well, you go because you think the counselor is going to help you make your case against the other person. 'Would you tell him about himself?!' And lo and behold, counseling wasn’t that at all," she said. "It was about me exploring my sense of happiness. What clicked in me was that I need support and I need some from him. But I needed to figure out how to build my life in a way that works for me."
She continued, "I feel vulnerable all the time. And I had to learn how to express that to my husband, to tap into those parts of me that missed him—and the sadness that came from that—so that he could understand. He didn’t understand distance in the same way. You know, he grew up without his mother in his life for most of his years, and he knew his mother loved him dearly, right? I always thought love was up close. Love is the dinner table, love is consistency, it is presence. So I had to share my vulnerability and also learn to love differently. It was an important part of my journey of becoming. Understanding how to become us."