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Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany & Co. is one of the most prominent purveyors of luxury goods in the United States, and has long been an important arbiter of style in the design of diamond engagement rings. A young Franklin Delano Roosevelt proposed to his future wife, Eleanor, with a Tiffany ring in 1904. Vanderbilts, Whitneys, Astors and members of the Russian imperial family all wore Tiffany & Co. jewels. And Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis preferred Tiffany china for state dinners at the White House.

Although synonymous with luxury today, the firm started out rather modestly. Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young founded it in Connecticut as a “stationery and fancy goods emporium” in 1837, at a time when European imports still dominated the nascent American luxury market. In 1853, Charles Tiffany — who in 1845 had launched the company’s famed catalog, the Blue Book, and with it, the firm’s signature robin’s-egg blue, which he chose for the cover — shifted the focus to fine jewelry. In 1868, Tiffany & Co. gained international recognition when it became the first U.S. firm to win an award for excellence in silverware at the Exposition Universelle in Paris. From then on, it belonged to the pantheon of American luxury brands.

At the start of the Gilded Age, in 1870, Tiffany & Co. opened its flagship store, described as a "palace of jewels" by the New York Times, at 15 Union Square West in Manhattan. Throughout this period, its designs for silver tableware, ceremonial silver, flatware and jewelry were highly sought-after indicators of status and taste. They also won the firm numerous accolades, including the grand prize for silverware at the Paris Exposition of 1878. Among the firm’s glittering creations from this time are masterworks of Art Nouveau jewelry, such as this delicate aquamarine necklace and this lavish plique-à-jour peridot and gold necklace, both circa 1900.

When Charles Lewis Tiffany died, in 1902, his son Louis Comfort Tiffany became the firm’s design director. Under his leadership, the Tiffany silver studio was a de facto design school for apprentice silversmiths, who worked alongside head artisan Edward C. Moore. The firm produced distinctive objects inspired by Japanese art and design, North American plants and flowers, and Native American patterns and crafts, adding aesthetic diversity to Tiffany & Co.’s distinguished repertoire.

Tiffany is also closely associated with diamonds, even lending its name to one particularly rare and exceptional yellow stone. The firm bought the Tiffany diamond in its raw state from the Kimberley mines of South Africa in 1878. Cut to create a 128.54-carat gem with an unprecedented 82 facets, it is one of the most spectacular examples of a yellow diamond in the world. In a broader sense, Tiffany & Co. helped put diamonds on the map in 1886 by introducing the American marketplace to the solitaire diamond design, which is still among the most popular engagement-ring styles. The trademark Tiffany® Setting raises the stone above the band on six prongs, allowing its facets to catch the light. A lovely recent example is this circa-2000 platinum engagement ring. Displaying a different design and aesthetic (but equally chic) is this exquisite diamond and ruby ring from the 1930s.

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Large Tiffany Modern Sterling Silver Cigar Box
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in New York, NY
Modern sterling silver cigar box. Made by Tiffany & Co. in New York, ca 1936. Rectangular with straight sides and sharp corners. Cover flat and hinged with wraparound overhanging rim...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Tiffany & Co.

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Sterling Silver

  • Large Tiffany Modern Sterling Silver Cigar Box
  • Large Tiffany Modern Sterling Silver Cigar Box
  • Large Tiffany Modern Sterling Silver Cigar Box
  • Large Tiffany Modern Sterling Silver Cigar Box
H 3.75 in. W 9.5 in. D 6.13 in.
Set of 6 Tiffany Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver Nut Dishes
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in New York, NY
Set of 6 Mid-Century Modern sterling silver nut dishes. Made by Tiffany & Co. in New York. Each: Abstract and asymmetrical apple with scrolled stem and leaves. Rests on ball support....
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Tiffany & Co.

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Sterling Silver

Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver and 18-Karat Gold Pen by Jean Schlumberger Vintage
By Jean Schlumberger, Tiffany & Co.
Located in North Miami, FL
This vintage stunning, signed and rare Tiffany & Co. sterling silver and 18-karat gold pen was designed by Jean Michel Schlumberger in the 1970s. He was a French jewelry designer wel...
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1970s American Organic Modern Vintage Tiffany & Co.

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Gold, Sterling Silver

American Colonial Revival Sterling Silver Bowl by Tiffany
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in New York, NY
American Colonial sterling silver bowl. Made by Tiffany in New York, ca 1920. Bowl has curved sides and straight circular foot. Spare historic design that works equally well in Moder...
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Early 20th Century American Colonial Revival Tiffany & Co.

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Sterling Silver

Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver Keychain with Matching Porcelain Blue Box
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in Plainview, NY
Tiffany & Co. Sterling silver gift box Keychain with matching porcelain gift box both marked Tiffany & Co. the chain is marked Tiffany & Co Sterling 925. Dimensions: 2.25" W x 2.2...
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1990s Modern Tiffany & Co.

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Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver Punch Cups by Tiffany & Co.
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in New Orleans, LA
This exceptional set of 12 punch cups by Tiffany & Co. reflects the famed American firm's eye for style. Crafted from sterling silver, the masterfully designed cups feature the perfe...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Minimalist Tiffany & Co.

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Sterling Silver

  • Sterling Silver Punch Cups by Tiffany & Co.
  • Sterling Silver Punch Cups by Tiffany & Co.
  • Sterling Silver Punch Cups by Tiffany & Co.
  • Sterling Silver Punch Cups by Tiffany & Co.
H 2.25 in. W 4.25 in. D 3.13 in.
Faneuil by Tiffany & Co Sterling Silver Sipper Straw with Leaf Spoon Bowl
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in Big Bend, WI
Sterling silver cocktail sipper straw with leaf bowl 8 1/4" by Tiffany & Co. It is not monogrammed and is in excellent condition. Satisfaction guaranteed!
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20th Century Tiffany & Co.

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Sterling Silver

English King by Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver Wedding Cake Set Server 2pc Custom
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in Big Bend, WI
Sterling silver custom made hollow handle with stainless two-piece wedding cake set which includes: wedding cake knife approximately 11" cake server approximately 9" The set ...
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20th Century Tiffany & Co.

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Sterling Silver

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Questions About Tiffany & Co.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    A fruit knife, also called a paring knife, is a small knife sharp enough to cut fruit with a fancy handle.
  • 1stDibs ExpertSeptember 28, 2021
    A Novo ring is a diamond ring in platinum from revered American luxury house Tiffany & Co. This design is available with a round, emerald, cushion-cut or princess-cut center diamond.. On 1stDibs you will find a variety of vintage Tiffany Novo rings.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    The iconic Tiffany key rings were inscribed with the message “Please Return to Tiffany & Co. New York” so that if separated the owner and key would be reunited at the fifth ave store.
  • 1stDibs ExpertAugust 17, 2021
    The 925 on Tiffany jewelry is there to honor Tiffany & Co.'s silversmithing legacy. The legendary American luxury house set the U.S. standard for sterling silver (925 per 1,000 parts silver) and its product is stamped with the number to indicate as much. Tiffany pioneered a mixture of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper in its jewelry in 1851. Find extraordinary Tiffany & Co. jewelry on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Tiffany pieces are so expensive because the brand is one of the first luxury jewelry houses in America. The pieces are made with extremely high quality metals and gemstones. Plus, since the brand's inception in 1837, Tiffany has created an image associated with sophistication and exclusivity, which is part of the reason the celebrity following is so big.