Late last October I was honored to be invited to discover The Tiffany T collection in the Tiffany & Co.’s Geneva boutique. The new Tiffany T collection features vibrantly colored inlaid stones— from turquoise, tiger’s eye, opal to black onyx. Each piece was breathtaking and the iconic T design was echoed throughout the rings, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces of the collection.
After this incredible experience, I wanted to share with you ten things interesting and little known facts about the incredible jewellery design brand Tiffany & Co.
Creativity, legacy and quality: Tiffany & Co., the world’s most iconic jeweler, was founded by two school friends Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young in 1837 at 259 Broadway, New York. Initially they sold small fancy goods including stationary.
The distinctive Tiffany Blue color a patented Pantone 1837. The number is a references to the year of Tiffany’s foundation. It’s used for the Tiffany boxes, bags and all promotional materials. Tiffany’s blue color was inspired by the Empress Eugenie de Montijo (the wife of Napoleon III).
Did you know that Tiffany developed the silver standard for the USA? Back in 1851, Tiffany was the first American company to institute the 925/1000 sterling silver standard which was then adopted by the United States. To this day it is used as the silver standard. Talk about innovation.
That same year (1851), Tiffany & Co. started a long relationship with the watch house Patek Philippe located in Geneva, Switzerland. Indeed, Mr. Patek visited Tiffany’s in 1855, he left with an order for 129 watches.
Charles Lewis Tiffany, swiftly became known as “The King of Diamonds” in 1887 when he purchased one-third of the French Crown Jewels. That same year he acquired what is known today as The Tiffany Yellow Diamond. One of the largest yellow diamonds ever discovered. The 128.54 carat was acquired for $18,000. Worn last by Lady Gaga at the Oscars, it’s only ever been worn by two other women – Mary Whitehouse and Audrey Hepburn.
Audrey Hepburn wore it on the run up to the film release of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The Yellow Diamond was set in a Ribbon Rosette necklace designed by Jean Schlumberger.
An American symbol of elegance and style, Tiffany basically invented the engagement ring. Introducing the Tiffany setting in 1886 it features a raised solitaire diamond with a six–prong “Tiffany Setting“. The cut is still the world’s most popular engagement ring. My personal favorite is the Princess cut.
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