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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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Tiffany & Co. Semi Black Boulder Opal Diamond Yellow Gold Pendant
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Tiffany & Co semi-black boulder opal diamond and yellow gold pendant circa 1980. Clear and concise information you want to know is listed below. Contact us right away if you have a...
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1980s Contemporary Vintage Tiffany & Co.

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Diamond, Opal, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Tiffany & Co. Victoria Platinum Diamond Earrings, Mini
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in New York, NY
Authentic classic Tiffany & Co. 'Victoria' earrings crafted in platinum and set with an estimated 0.19 carats total weight of radiant marquise-cut diamonds (E-F, VS). Signed Tiffany ...
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2010s Tiffany & Co.

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Diamond, Platinum

Tiffany and Co. Vintage Brooch in 18k Yellow Gold in a Beech Leaf Design
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in New York, NY
This elegant Tiffany & Co. Vintage Beech Leaf brooch is finely crafted in 18 Karat Yellow gold with a Florentine matte finish at the front and high polish gold at the back. Stamp: ...
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20th Century Contemporary Tiffany & Co.

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Yellow Gold

Tiffany & Co. Victoria Platinum and Diamond Pendant Necklace, Medium
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in New York, NY
Authentic Tiffany & Co. 'Victoria' pendant necklace crafted in platinum and set with an estimated 0.46 carats of marquise-cut diamonds (H color, VS clarity). Signed Tiffany & Co., Au...
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2010s Tiffany & Co.

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Diamond, Platinum

Tiffany & Co. Schlumberger Apollo Collection Platinum and 18K Yellow Gold 5.96 c
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in Southampton, PA
These earrings from luxury brand Tiffany & Co. are exciting and exquisitely crafted. The bold 18K Yellow Gold accents surrounding the perimeter add contemporary edge. In the center, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tiffany & Co.

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Diamond, Platinum, Yellow Gold

Tiffany & Co Wishbone Necklace Sterling Silver Vintage Fine Estate Jewelry
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in Torrance, CA
Elegant and finely detailed vintage Tiffany & Co sterling silver heart necklace. The wishbone is larger in scale (1.75 x 0.88 inches) and is attached to a 15 inch Tiffany & Co cha...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Tiffany & Co.

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Tiffany & Co. 18k Coral Earrings
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in San Antonio, TX
A pair of 18k and Coral earrings by Tiffany & Co.
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1980s Vintage Tiffany & Co.

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18k Gold

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Tiffany & Co. Embrace Platinum 1.00 Ct Diamond Wedding Band Ring
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in Southampton, PA
This luxury wedding band from Tiffany & Co. proves that classic elegance never goes out of style. Crafted from pure platinum, it’s accented by a simple row of diamonds with F color, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tiffany & Co.

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Diamond, Platinum

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  • 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.