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The Blue Standard

The 2014 Tiffany & Co. Blue Book Collection.

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Charles Lewis Tiffany arrived in New York City with a passion for diamonds and a sparkle in his eye. On September 14, 1837, he opened Tiffany & Young, a stationery and fancy goods store at 259 Broadway, with John B. Young. When Young retired in 1853, Tiffany & Co. was established. In the years since, the jeweller has become treasured the world over, and today continues to present extraordinary gemstones and designs.

Thus the annual Tiffany & Co. Blue Book Collection arrives in step with the spring season. Vibrant and rare gems—including purple and pink sapphires, yellow diamonds, and green tourmalines—provide a full palette of colours and capture the delicacy of flowers, reminiscent of a Georges Seurat painting. To celebrate the company’s rich history, the collection also features handcrafted pieces inspired by the Tiffany archives. The designs run the gamut from the height of 1930s glamour with a 12.45-carat diamond ring and a necklace of rose-cut marquise diamonds to early 20th-century elegance with a bracelet of Montana sapphires, diamonds, and seed pearls.

The annual Blue Book catalogue—originally published in 1845 and encased in Tiffany’s famous robin’s-egg blue, of course—is a representation of the company’s ceaseless craftsmanship and devotion to the world of rare gems.


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April 9, 2014