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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- 1stDibs ExpertAugust 17, 2021A Tiffany & Co. engagement ring can cost as little as $13,000 or as much as $500,000 depending on the center stone’s carat weight, the band material and whether or not there are any side stones. The smaller the stone, the cheaper the ring will be. Find engagement rings designed by Tiffany & Co. on 1stDibs.
- Who is Tiffany and Co owned by?1 Answer1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022The legendary American luxury house Tiffany & Co. is currently owned by Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH), which completed the acquisition of the company in January, 2021. The firm started out 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. Upon Charles’ death in 1902, his son Louis Comfort Tiffany took over artistic direction for the brand. On 1stDibs, find authentic Tiffany & Co. pieces from some of the world's top sellers.
- 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022No, Tiffany & Co. do not sell their famous blue boxes separately. You do, however, receive a blue box with the purchase of jewelry and goods from Tiffany & Co. Shop a collection of TIffany & Co. jewelry from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
- Is Tiffany & Co. real gold?1 Answer1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022Yes, any gold jewelry used by Tiffany & Co. is real gold. Tiffany & Co. is a luxury jewelry brand and prides itself on high-quality materials and craftsmanship. Tiffany & Co. pieces are offered in gold, rose gold, platinum and sterling silver. Shop a selection of Tiffany & Co. pieces from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
- Is Tiffany & Co. real silver?1 Answer1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022Tiffany & Co. only uses sterling silver to create their silver jewelry designs. With proper care, the sterling silver of your gorgeous piece will last from generation to generation. You can shop a collection of Tiffany & Co. jewelry from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
- 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022Yes, Tiffany & Co. does indeed still make china. A quick glance on their website reveals chic dinnerware sets crafted in bone china in classic designs and patterns. On 1stDibs, find a collection of authentic Tiffany & Co. pieces from some of the world’s top sellers.
- 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022Yes, Tiffany & Co. uses real pearls in their jewelry. Tiffany & Co. uses a variety of authentic pearl types, including Japanese Akoya, Tahitian, Chinese Freshwater and South Sea pearls. Shop a wide range of pearl jewelry from Tiffany & Co. on 1stDibs.
- 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022Yes and no. Tiffany Lamps are still available, but they’re recreations of old designs and not new models. Tiffany & Co. split off from the lamps division a long time ago with Tiffany Studios taking on the lamp design and products. Tiffany Studios closed in 1930 and there are no new designs. Today you can still purchase new Tiffany Lamps based on the old designs. On 1stDibs, find a collection of authentic Tiffany Lamp pieces from some of the world’s top sellers.
- 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022The “1837” stamp on Tiffany & Co. jewelry pieces is the year Charles Lewis Tiffany founded the brand in Brooklyn, Connecticut. Tiffany & Co. continues to be a popular luxury jewelry brand, even trademarking their signature blue as “Tiffany Blue” in 1998. In 2001 they partnered with Pantone to rename and standardized the color as “1837 Blue.” Shop a collection of Tiffany & Co. jewelry on 1stDibs.
- 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021The 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.
- What is Tiffany Novo?1 Answer1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022Tiffany Novo is a line of engagement and wedding rings offered by Tiffany & Co. Since the line’s introduction, they have created many different designs under the Novo umbrella. You’ll find a collection of Tiffany Novo jewelry from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
- Why is Tiffany so expensive?1 Answer1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021Tiffany 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.
- Where was the Tiffany studio?1 Answer1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022The original Tiffany studio was in the borough of Queens in New York, New York. Specifically, Louis Comfort Tiffany established his workshop a t96-18 43rd Avenue in the Corona neighborhood. You'll find a variety of Louis Comfort Tiffany furniture, art and jewelry on 1stDibs.
- What is Tiffany Legacy?1 Answer1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022The Tiffany Legacy is an engagement ring by Tiffany & Co. that is inspired by the beautifully intricate style of the Edwardian era. It features a cushion-cut diamond with diamond halo detail. Browse a range of authentic Tiffany & Co. engagement rings from top boutiques on 1stDibs.
- What is a Tiffany Harmony?1 Answer1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022The Tiffany Harmony is an engagement ring. It has a slightly tapered shape that allows the matching wedding bag to nestle against it. Although designs evolved over the years, most feature a round brilliant-cut diamond as the center stone. Find a variety of Tiffany Harmony rings on 1stDibs.
- 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022Tiffany & Co. started making designs that feature the iconic T motif in the 1980s. Different collections have been born from this motif and represented in different ways. Today the T collection has become the signature of this luxe jewelry brand. Shop a collection of properly vetted vintage and new Tiffany jewelry from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
- What is Tiffany Favrile?1 Answer1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022Tiffany Favrile is a type of art glass invented by Louis Comfort Tiffany. It involves applying pigments to glass and firing them at high temperatures to add permanent iridescent color. On 1stDibs, shop a range of Tiffany Favrile decorative objects.
- What is a Tiffany solitaire?1 Answer1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022A Tiffany solitaire refers to the setting of a diamond. It’s a single diamond that is held by four or six prongs and elevated off the band. This type of setting puts the diamond front and center. Shop a collection of expertly vetted, vintage and new Tiffany jewelry from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
- What is a Tiffany key?1 Answer1stDibs ExpertSeptember 28, 2021A Tiffany key is a timeless symbol of sophistication. It is a key-shaped pendant designed by legendary American luxury house Tiffany & Co. With its exquisite craftsmanship, the key necklace can be worn alone, or layered together for a more dazzling effect. Tiffany keys come in a variety of materials and feature a range of gemstones. A recurring motif of the Tiffany keys is the fleur-de-lis, a symbol of royalty. On 1stDibs find a variety of Tiffany keys that you can choose from.
- 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022Tiffany & Co. is a legendary American luxury jewelry house best known for its diamond and sterling silver jewelry. From the iconic blue packaging to the brand’s prominent role in the popular romantic comedy ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s,’ Tiffany & Co. is synonymous with a luxurious and aspirational lifestyle. The widely loved brand also 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. Find a wide range of Tiffany & Co. rings, necklaces, earrings and more on 1stDibs.
- 1stDibs ExpertAugust 17, 2021The 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.