23 September, 2018

The Story of Tiffany & Co.

Founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany, Tiffany & Co has been the home of the finest diamonds in the world since 1837. 

They quickly attracted an elite clientele from movie stars to heads of state but entered new realms of luxury with the acquisition of the French Crown Jewels. Tiffany was heralded as the home of the world's finest jewellery. 

Their designs pushed boundaries with a string of iconic designers whose creative freedom dazzle us. 

Tiffany's Most Famous Designs

It started with Lewis Comfort Tiffany who earned recognition during the art nouveau movement. His expertise in pottery, jewellery, glass and mosaics took Tiffany & Co to new highs at the turn of the 20th century.

Tiffany did not stop there and lured the likes of Jean Schlumberger, Elsa Paretti and Paloma Picasso who went on to create a dynasty for Tiffany & Co. who still remain at the forefront of jewellery design.

The Tiffany Diamond, Setting and the Blue Box are hallmarks of their ingenuity and are almost as old as the brand themselves. They are timeless examples of how ahead of their time Tiffany was.

The Tiffany Diamond - The King of Diamonds.

In 1877, Tiffany & Co purchased one of the most spectacular diamonds the world has ever seen, a 287ct fancy coloured yellow diamond. 

The diamond was cut down to 128.54ct and renamed to the Tiffany Diamond. Its brilliance and glow were so profound, it dazzled audiences the world over. Over time it's been fashioned into numerous pieces.

Trivia - In 1961, whilst promoting Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Audrey Hepburn wore a Ribbon Rosette necklace set with The Tiffany Diamond.

Tiffany Setting - The Ring of Rings.

Tiffany & Co redefined ring design in 1886. At the time, ring designs obscured the brilliance of the diamond because it was included in the bezel setting.

Tiffany rejected this convention and used a 6 prong setting to lift the diamond above the band and into light which enabled it to show its brilliance.

Trivia - The USA adopted it as a standard. 

Tiffany Blue Box - The Greatest Love Stories

Have you ever heard the saying "it's not what it is, it's what it represents"?

To give you an idea think about the LV monogram, Rolex logo, Ferrari badge or even the Superman theme tune - you just know it. The Tiffany & Co Blue Box encapsulates everything that they are and you can't even buy it!

Introduced by Charles, their founder, it's the one thing that can be seen across the room, or in a crowded area, and will raise a few heartbeats in the process!

Final Words

Tiffany & Co. has remained at the forefront of Jewellery design for over 180 years. 

Keeping up with their designs is made possible through The Blue Book. Introduced in 1845, this annual catalogue is still alive today and presents an extensive collection of jewellery which attracts countless pilgrimages from around the world.

Expanding their collection into Watches, Fragrances, Home and Accessories, they have been able to constantly reinvent themselves and use their ever-growing expertise to create some of the most exquisite pieces of jewellery ever seen. 

You can find a selection of Tiffany & Co jewellery in auction today. Start one of the greatest love stories by hitting the button below!

 
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Tiffany & Co - The Kings of Diamonds
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Tiffany & Co - The Kings of Diamonds
Tiffany & Co - The Kings of Diamonds
Tiffany & Co - The Kings of Diamonds
Tiffany & Co - The Kings of Diamonds
Tiffany & Co - The Kings of Diamonds
Tiffany & Co - The Kings of Diamonds
Tiffany & Co - The Kings of Diamonds
Tiffany & Co - The Kings of Diamonds
Tiffany & Co - The Kings of Diamonds
Tiffany & Co - The Kings of Diamonds