Looking to add an extra sparkle this holiday season? Here are our highlights from Breakfast at Tiffany & Co. event, exploring the various jewelry collections in-store in Downtown Vancouver.
These enamel bangles have been adored by the world’s chicest women for over 50 years. The ingenious designs have launched many imitations, but none are as precious and distinct as the originals.
As one of the twentieth century’s most gifted artists, Jean Schlumberger created fantastic designs that transformed nature’s wonders into objects of mesmerizing beauty. With gold and dazzling gemstones as his palette, he captured the glory of flowers, exotic birds and mythical creatures in bejeweled statements unrivaled in the world of jewelry design.
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This spectacular necklace was created exclusively for Kate Winslet’s appearance at the 2010 Academy Awards. It features three rare fancy vivid yellow diamonds and 642 white diamonds in platinum.
One-of-a-kind Statement Pieces
Financier John Pierpont Morgan, a leading figure of America’s Gilded Age, was a major collector of colored gemstones and a devoted Tiffany customer. He commissioned Dr. Kunz to assemble several important collections of gems, which he eventually donated to the American Museum of Natural History, establishing the Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems. Also bearing his name is morganite, the violet pink beryl discovered in Madagascar and introduced by Tiffany in 1910.
Tiffany Atlas® is a graphic symbol of strength and freedom. This great jewelry icon boldly counts the ways of style in a bangle, ring and earrings of 18 karat rose gold with diamonds and a striking cuff of 18 karat gold.
Tiffany’s standards of quality and craftsmanship are matched by the company’s tradition of introducing designs that capture the mood of contemporary fashion and define American luxury. Atlas® is one such innovation. Introduced in 1995, the collection is named for the mythic Greek god who holds aloft an enormous globe—an apt symbol for a collection that makes an impact around the world.
Created by John Loring, Tiffany design director emeritus, the Atlas® collection explores the raised Roman numerals of its archetype, the Atlas® watch. Introduced in 1983, the timepiece is an icon of style, featuring an hour track of brightly polished Roman-numeral markers in high relief. For its originality, the Atlas® watch was granted a rare U.S. patent. Of his many Tiffany designs, Loring says this is his favorite because “it’s had such staying power and translated so brilliantly into jewelry that is a true statement of fashion.”
The design’s signature Roman numerals are the ageless artifacts of a great civilization and its elevated concept of time. Tiffany streamlines these classic symbols of empire in elegant jewelry that is emblematic of American design, recognizably sleek and modern. Combined with grooved borders and alternating matte and polished surfaces, Atlas® jewelry generates a sensuous play of light.
Ziegfeld Collection and Tiffany Jazz Age Glamour
The Jazz Age was the first modern era to emphasize youth culture over the tastes of the older generations; and the epicenter of this explosion of creative energy and social change was New York. A magnet for titans and poets alike, the city emboldened women to assume power over their lives. They had won the right to vote; they abandoned corsets and tea dresses for sleek new fashions—fringed, feathered and hemmed at the knee. Freedom was theirs and they reveled in New York’s dazzling nightlife and every dance craze.
By now, Tiffany & Co. was an internationally renowned jeweler. Founded in New York in 1837, the company became the city’s icon of chic sophistication and its diamonds the epitome of American glamour. Gilded Age galas ablaze with Tiffany jewels were followed by Jazz Age supper clubs sparkling with diamonds in the new Art Deco style. As the period’s preeminent jeweler, Tiffany defined it with white diamonds punctuated with colorful gems in softly contoured platinum that celebrated the city’s sublime skyscrapers such as the Chrysler building and Rockefeller Center, as well as fashion’s streamlined silhouettes.
Just as jazz continued to influence music worldwide, these brilliant creations shaped Tiffany design throughout the 20th century and into the 21st, culminating with the 2013 Blue Book—Tiffany’s annual showcase of breathtaking jewels—including The Great Gatsby Collection, named for the 1925 literary classic by F. Scott Fitzgerald, who was a leading figure of the time and a Tiffany customer. The collection captures his characters’ privileged lives with modern versions of their Tiffany jewels that glittered through posh parties and summer soirées at grand estates, fueled by jazz and bubbling champagne.
Tiffany’s Ziegfeld Collection is also influenced by this period. Named for New York’s legendary Ziegfeld Theatre, a model of Art Deco architecture that opened in 1927, the collection reflects the era’s cool elegance with elongated strands of pearls, black onyx and sterling silver.
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