‘It’s gone absolutely stratospheric’ – sales of engagement rings jump this Christmas

"We’ve had our busiest November on record, it’s been absolutely bonkers,” said Irish designer Chupi who set up her eponymous company in 2013

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Love is in the air and jewellers are experiencing the sparkling impact of romance in lockdown. John Farrington had barely opened the door of his antiques and jewellery shop on Dublin’s Drury Street store yesterday morning when he had someone in requesting to see a vintage diamond ring. “There is huge interest in unusual vintage engagement rings,” reports John who famously sold Adam Clayton a diamond ring when the U2 guitarist’s got engaged to supermodel Naomi Campbell in 1990’s.