Bride-to-be Jennifer Gates will be adding a very important piece of jewelry to her hand when she tied the knot with fiancé Nayel Nassar on Saturday — but ahead of her nuptials, it looks like the rider has already given her bling collection a boost, in the form of a new engagement ring.
The 25-year-old, who announced her engagement to fellow equestrian Nayel in January 2020, was spotted this week wearing a dazzling new ring on her wedding fingers as she stepped out in New York City just days before she was set to say ‘I do’ in an “extravagant” ceremony, reportedly costing nearly $2 million.
When Nayel, 30, posed the question to medical student Jennifer on a ski vacation last year, he did so with a beautiful ring with a large central diamond flanked by two smaller stones on a thin, plain band.
But for the past week, Jennifer has been modeling another design – a thicker band with diamonds all around.
bling thing! Bride-to-be Jennifer Gates was seen with a new diamond ring on her wedding fingers as she stepped out for her wedding in New York with her mother Melinda
Missing in action: The 25-year-old traded the beautiful – and very large – diamond ring her fiancé Nayel Nassar gave her when he asked the question in January 2020
Something old, something new! The ring suggested by Nayel, 30, has a large central diamond flanked by two smaller stones, while her new ring is a chunky diamond band
On Wednesday, the blushing bride flashed her new sparkler as she enjoyed a girls’ day with her newly divorced mum Melinda Gates, 57.
Jennifer looked every inch the bride-to-be in a $1,095 white lace dress from Jonathan Simkhai, which she paired with a pair of plain nude pumps and a white quilted bag from Miu Miu.
After adding some extra sparkle to her look with her new ring, she even upped the bling by wearing a pair of chic diamond earrings that were just visible beneath her long red locks.
She was seen again in the diamond bracelet on Thursday morning, as she left the swanky Greenwich Hotel and headed to a salon in Tribeca for some pre-wedding beauty treatments with her mother and some friends.
Exclusive DailyMail.com photos show the medical student stepping out in a black face mask before getting into a black SUV. She was assisted by her driver in loading her designer luggage into the trunk.
A hotel porter also saw a second vehicle packing several garment bags, including one that may have been carrying the bride’s wedding dress.
As happy as can be: award-winning show jumper Nayel proposed to Jennifer last year while on a skiing holiday together
Spotted: Jennifer was seen wearing her original engagement ring while attending a horse show in New York in May
Sparkler: But when she spent time in New York City this week before her Saturday wedding, she had the chunky diamond band on her left ring finger
In the nearly two years since her engagement, Jennifer has been spotted wearing her engagement ring several times, including at a horse show in New York in May.
She also showed off the starlet in several Instagram images posted in the months since Nayel posed the question, most recently while supporting her husband-to-be at a horse show at the Greenwich Polo Club last weekend.
Jennifer may have brought in her official engagement ring to be cleaned before her wedding ceremony this weekend — which will be held at her 124-acre, $16 million dollar ranch in North Salem, which her parents bought her in 2018 shortly after. her graduation from Stanford University.
However, Jennifer wasn’t the only member of the Gates family to wear a new ring on that all-important finger this week.
Her mother Melinda, who was finalizing her divorce from billionaire Microsoft founder Bill in August, flashed a statement bauble on her left — after she removed her own wedding and engagement rings in favor of a large gold design with several pearl-encrusted spikes.
Despite Jennifer’s wedding coming so soon after Melinda and Bill, 65, made their divorce official, the event is expected to go off without a hitch – and her parents will be reunited to support their daughter and her new husband.
Mother-daughter time: Medical student Jennifer and her mother Melinda, 57, enjoyed an afternoon at the Plaza Hotel on Wednesday
Ring-a-ding thing! The newly divorced Melinda also drew attention to her ring finger, showing a large statement piece in lieu of her own wedding and engagement rings.
Family: Jennifer is the oldest of Bill and Melinda’s three children and is the sister of Rory (right), 22, and Phoebe (second from right), 19
Acquaintances of the 25-year-old equestrian champion tell DailyMail.com that “everything was done tastefully, even the port-a-potties were beautifully designed” for her wedding to fellow rider Nayel on Saturday.
However, not everyone is equally happy with the agreements.
“It’s all over the top. Just unbelievable extravagance and off-putting for the neighbors and the wildlife that have made their home on the farm,” said an insider.
“Trucks are constantly coming and going into a field on the farm where deer used to grazed. There’s a noisy forklift and dozens of workers riding ATVs.”
A neighbor told DailyMail.com that the ceremony will be held at the ranch.
“Jen hopes the actual ceremony can be outside, but if the weather is bad they’ve set up huge tents in one of the fields and they’re also rushing around some state-of-the-art temporary steel-and-glass pavilions,” he said. they.
And with billionaire parents, the most wealthy and high-profile guests are expected to attend.
“One of Jen’s guards told me that the guest list for the event will include many dignitaries,” the neighbor added.
Gettubg ready! Exclusive DailyMail.com photos showed tents being set up on Jennifer’s $16 million 124-acre horse ranch in North Salem, New York
Acquaintances of 25-year-old equestrian champion tell DailyMail.com that ‘everything is being done tastefully’ for her wedding to fellow rider Nayel on Saturday
“The man insisted he didn’t know any names, but Bill and Melinda are buddies with people like Barack Obama. I understand that a request has been made to the municipality to close the road that runs along the fields to give guests ‘privacy’ during the ceremony.’
Another source estimated that construction costs for the pavilions will be “at least $2 million.”
Her wealthy neighbors in North Salem include David Letterman and another riding champion, Georgina Bloomberg, whose father, former presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, bought her a horse ranch in the city in 2012.
In addition to the horse ranch, Bill and Melinda also reportedly purchased a $5 million apartment for Jennifer near her Manhattan campus, where she studied to become a doctor.
Bill and Melinda first announced in May that they were splitting after 27 years of marriage and three children.
Jennifer is the only one of Bill and Melinda’s children to speak publicly about their divorce and the impact it has had on the three siblings, writing on her Instagram story shortly after announcing that it had been “a challenging time for the whole family.” ‘ .’