Singing the blues away
Since its founding 179 years ago, the famed American jeweller has carved numerous notable moments in history, from red carpet moments to mentions on silver screens. We take a look at 12 of the biggest moments in Tiffany & Co’s history, coupled with the finest pieces in its storied past.
The first Blue Book was a catalogue of the latest collection of the jeweller’s most spectacular designs. On top of jewellery, it used to include objects, such as a fan of silver and mother-of-pearl.
Cameo, or stone carving, was popular during the Victorian period. Upholding its reputation as a purveyor of the world’s finest diamonds, Tiffany often adorned its cameo pieces with the sparkly gem.
Bodice ornaments used to be an important part of a woman’s outfit to help achieve a decorative effect. This bodice ornament is in the garland style with laurel branches and leaves of diamonds.
The Blue Books offer a history lesson in jewellery trends. A diamond-set bandeau reveals the style of headwear that was popular in the years leading up to the 1920s, when hair ornaments were an essential part of every flapper girl’s outfit.
Louis Comfort Tiffany took over as director of design when his father, Charles, passed away in 1902. Louis was inspired by the jewellery he saw on his travels. This necklace takes after the style of court pieces from India’s Mughal dynasty.
The jewellery pieces in the Blue Book are always extravagant. Shown here are creations in gold with rubies and, of course, diamonds.
This bracelet of diamonds and beautifully matched rubies was designed to resemble flowers on a vine wrapped around the wrist.
This brooch of diamonds and two emeralds by Donald Claflin depicts the face of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine. It appeared in the 1967 edition of the Blue Book, two years after Claflin joined the company, alongside a serpent brooch that was also designed by him.
Another Claflin design, this gold sword bangle is decorated with diamonds and a citrine.
Perhaps one of the most famous names to grace Tiffany’s shelves, Paloma Picasso – yes, daughter of Pablo Picasso – has been lending the brand her artistic talent for the past 35 years. This choker from her first year of working with Tiffany features a gold chain design with diamond accent.
Jean Schlumberger’s nature-inspired designs have always been popular. This is the Leaves necklace of turquoise and diamonds set on platinum and 18carat gold.
George Frederick Kunz, Tiffany’s gemologist in the 19th century, had a passion for discovering gemstones, such as sapphires in Montana. A rare, unenhanced Montana sapphire dangles from this platinum necklace set with diamonds and more Montana sapphires.