When Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton back in 2010 using the sapphire ring that once belonged to his mother Princess Diana, it not only kicked off a trend for colourful engagement rings (still going strong today), but it brought vintage rings to the attention of a new generation of would-be fiancés.
In the years since then, online searches for antique rings have continued to soar. “In today’s world, vintage jewels are exposed to huge audiences via social media, which has led to a growing appreciation for them,” says Henry Bailey, Christie’s Head of Jewellery Department in London.
“Buyers across the luxury markets are also increasingly influenced by sustainability and wearing an antique ring saves on the production of new materials and resources. It’s also an opportunity to acquire unusual and well-made pieces with minimal carbon footprint.”