The History of Tiffany & Co. with reference from their website.
The Tiffany Ring in a Blue Box is a promise of wonderful things to come.
A LEGEND IS BORN
In 1837, Charles Lewis Tiffany arrived in New York City and established Tiffany & Co., redefining glamour, elegance and legendary style worldwide. Tiffany with a vision of spectacular beauty that went on to redefine glamour and style around the world.
Since 1837, the masterpieces of Tiffany & Co. have defined style and celebrated the world’s great love stories. Founder Charles Lewis Tiffany had an abiding passion for the most beautiful diamonds in the world.
Over the years, Tiffany & Co. has introduced the world to diamonds of breathtaking brilliance and a marvellous selection of previously unknown coloured gemstones.Rare and Radiant Tiffany’s expertise in exceptional yellow diamonds dates back to 1878 when Charles Lewis Tiffany purchased the 287.42-carat Tiffany Diamond. Cut into a cushion-shape brilliant weighing 128.54 carats, this priceless stone is one of the most important yellow diamonds in the world, drawing thousands of visitors to the New York flagship each year.
Pioneers of Design
Since its founding, Tiffany has been at the forefront of the world’s greatest design movements. Its Japanesque silver won Tiffany the highest honours at the 1878 Paris World Exposition and at the turn of the twentieth century, Louis Comfort Tiffany emerged as an Art Nouveau leader. From glamorous, geometric Art Deco pieces and bold cocktail-style creations to the nature-inspired works of Jean Schlumberger and Elsa Peretti, Tiffany has broken new ground time and again with exceptional designs that remain relevant today.
Tiffany & Co. has collections inspired by the likes of …
LOUIS COMFORT TIFFANY
“Beauty is what nature has lavished upon us as a supreme gift.”
Louis Comfort Tiffany, son of founder Charles Lewis Tiffany, followed his own path to success, achieving worldwide renown for his luminous designs. When he became Tiffany’s first official design director in 1902, he established the Tiffany Artistic Jewellery department in the Fifth Avenue store where his jewellery and precious objects were manufactured.
Louis Comfort Tiffany was a world leader of the Art Nouveau movement. He is revered for his fanciful jewellery as well as his stained glass lamps and windows that brighten museums, banks, hospitals, hotel lobbies and more.Below Right- (Art Nouveau grapevine necklace by Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1906.)
“I observe nature and find verve.”
Jean Schlumberger’s witty and exciting designs made him a darling of the Parisian creative circles. Hired by Elsa Schiaparelli, the famed couturier, to create jewelry for her collections, he rose to become the most acclaimed jewellery designer of his time. In 1956, Schlumberger joined Tiffany & Co. where his nature-inspired designs were quickly embraced by the world’s most fashionable women including Elizabeth Taylor, legendary editor Diana Vreeland and Babe Paley. Below Left- (Jean Schlumberger’s naturalistic shell clip, inspired by his 1948 design)
“Style is to be simple.”
When Florence-born Elsa Peretti joined Tiffany in 1974, her organic, sensual forms revolutionized jewellery design and seduced the world. A masterful artisan, Peretti explores nature with the acumen of a scientist and the vision of a sculptor. She allows us to see such forms as the bean, the apple and the snake in intriguing and beautiful new ways. Above Left- (Elsa Peretti® Amapola Brooch, 1988)
My jewelry is about a joy for life and a timeless beauty.””
Born in Paris to Pablo Picasso and Françoise Gilot, Paloma Picasso is a true artist in her own right, celebrated for a boldly original style defined by brilliant coloured gemstones. She started making jewellery as a teenager. Soon she was styling avant-garde theatre productions and designing fashion jewellery for legendary couturier Yves Saint Laurent. In 1979, Picasso was invited by Tiffany design director John Loring to create a table setting for one of Tiffany’s exhibitions. A year later, the designer’s first exclusive collection of jewellery was introduced at Tiffany.
TIFFANY BLUE BOX
The world has been enthralled with the distinctive Tiffany Blue Box since the very beginning. It was Charles Lewis Tiffany who mandated that the coveted boxes could only be acquired with a Tiffany purchase. As reported by the New York Sun in 1906, Tiffany has one thing in stock that you cannot buy of him for as much money as you may offer, he will only give it to you. And that is one of his boxes.
Glimpsed on a busy street or resting in the palm of a hand, Tiffany Blue Boxes make hearts beat faster, and epitomize Tiffany’s great heritage of elegance, exclusivity and flawless craftsmanship.
A CELEBRATED FOLLOWING
Since the early twentieth century, the world has been enchanted with Tiffany glamour. In the 1961 Hollywood classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Audrey Hepburn® personified Tiffany style. First ladies, taste-makers and renowned photographers have also turned to Tiffany jewellery as the ultimate fashion accessory. Today, Tiffany’s exquisite designs continue to exude sophistication and elegance in magazines, in films and on the red carpet, adorning luminaries of popular culture like Kate Winslet, Angelina Jolie, Anne Hathaway and countless others.
Tiffany published its first Blue Book catalogue in 1845. This annual presentation of flawless craftsmanship and peerless design heralds the fall season with one of the most extensive and exquisite collections of couture jewellery on earth. These breathtaking masterpieces of exceedingly rare gems are eagerly anticipated by the world’s jewellery connoisseurs who flock to Tiffany to be the first to see and buy these one-of-a-kind treasures.The Tiffany Blue Book now features the world’s rarest and most beautiful jewels.
Tiffany has always been the leader in exploring new materials and set the standard of purity for sterling silver and platinum in the U.S. In 2012, Tiffany’s RUBEDO® metal honoured the company’s 175th anniversary. Capturing the light of dawn, its beauty truly glows on the skin.