New York’s Tiffany & Co. was founded in 1837. The company began modestly as a stationary store. Then, in 1848, a trip to Paris by one of the firm’s founders netted a huge cache of diamonds, which were being unloaded at fire-sale prices by nobles fleeing France’s second revolution. From then on, diamonds remained a key jewel in the Tiffany crown.

Tiffany did not cater just to high rollers. In 1858, the company produced and sold pendants made out of surplus cable from the first transatlantic phone lines—customers could pick up one of these souvenirs for a mere 50 cents. But in the main, Tiffany became increasingly associated with fine jewelry for high-profile clients, such as the seed-pearl pieces the company designed for Mary Todd Lincoln to be worn at her husband’s 1861 inauguration.

By 1886, Tiffany had introduced rings with the famous Tiffany Setting. Simplicity itself, it consisted of a single diamond anchored to a plain band by six exposed prongs. As the 19th century waned, Tiffany was producing pieces with Japanese motifs, diamond necklaces in the Edwardian garland style, and Paulding Farnham-designed flower brooches that were almost-life-size—a bearded iris pin, whose flower dripped with blue Montana sapphires and red rhodolites and whose stem was studded with green garnets, measured 9 1/2 inches.

During the Art Nouveau era, Louis Comfort Tiffany, who had taken over his father’s company, continued in this naturalistic vein with intricate brooches resembling buzzing dragonflies and flowering Queen Anne’s lace. In addition to diamonds and other precious stones, Tiffany used enameling techniques and semi-precious stones in his pieces.

After Tiffany’s death in 1933, the company went without a design director until 1955, when Van Day Trueux was hired. A year later, Tiffany chairman Walter Hoving invited Elsa Schiaperelli designer Jean Schlumberger to join the firm. Schlumberger loved animal motifs, especially exotic birds, which became marvelous brooches. He also designed Tiffany’s classic bangles, which were such favorites of Jacqueline Kennedy that people started calling them "Jackie bracelets." And it was during Schlumberger’s tenure that Breakfast at Tiffany’s, with Audrey Hepburn as the window-shopping waif of indeterminate means, made the store itself a star.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

All About Jewels Dictionary

All About Jewels Dictionary

This incredible reference dictionary on jewelry, from Enchantedlearning.com, is both beautiful and comprehensive. S… [read review or visit site]

Morning Glory Antiques and Jewelry

Morning Glory Antiques and Jewelry

Jewelry collectors, feast your eyes on this internet gem! It's a goldmine of jewelry information featuring all styl… [read review or visit site]

Cathy Gordon's Jewelry Gallery

Cathy Gordon's Jewelry Gallery

With its vast galleries featuring clear images of jewelry and style, this site really covers it all! Divided up by … [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Tiffany & Co. Schlumberger Platinum 18k Gold Four Leaves Diamond Ring With BoxPlatinum Round Brilliant Diamond Tiffany Wedding Band Ring With Pouch Tiffany & Co Platinum Schlumberger 16 Stone Diamond X Ring Sz. 6 $10,600 Nr!Tiffany & Co Rose Gold And Diamond Soleste Engagement Ring And Wedding BandTiffany & Co. Return To Tiffany 18k Yellow Solid Gold Oval Tag Choker Necklace 1994 Massive Tiffany Gem Citrine Starburst Fireworks 18k Gold Pin Pendant Tiffany & Co. Lucida 1.26ct Diamond Engagement Ring H Vs1 Platinum Set Size 6 NrTiffany & Co. 750pt950 Milgrain Wedding Band Ring Size11.25!12.5g!6mm Two Tone!Tiffany & Co. Vintage 14k Gold Ruby Sapphire Peridot Garnet & Pearl Bird BroochVintage 1995 Tiffany & Co Atlas Bangle 18k 750 Yellow Gold T & Co Bracelet CuffTiffany & Co. Engravable Signet Ring - 14k Yellow Gold Designer Men's Tiffany & Co. 18k .750 White Gold Ruby Ring With Box Size 6 1/2 473-aTiffany And Co Women's Atlas Open Ring 18k Rose Gold Size 7Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Designer 925 Sterling Silver Bone Cuff BraceletTiffany Co Sterling Silver T Cuff Square Hinged Bangle Bracelet, Box, RibbonTiffany & Co. 18k Rose Atlas Diamond Band RingTiffany & Co. 18k 750 Solid Yellow Gold "tiffany T" Wire Cuff Bangle BraceletAuth Tiffany&co 18k Yellow Gold Bangle BraceletTiffany & Co. 18k Solid White Gold "tiffany T" Wire Cuff Bangle Bracelet ItalyTiffany & Co Paloma Picasso Citrine Sugar Stack 18k/.925 Sterling Silver RingTiffany & Co. Silver T Square Hinged Bangle BraceletTiffany & Co. Rare Vintage Natural Citrine Topaz Bead 18k Gold Torsade NecklaceAuthentic Tiffany & Co Gold 750 & Sterling Silver Heart Lock Bangle Bracelet!Authentic Tiffany & Co Sterling Silver Pearl Toggle Necklace And BraceletTiffany & Co 1837 Solid 18kt 750 Yellow Gold Bar Drop Pendant Charm W Chain 2001Stunning Genuine Tiffany Co Paloma Picasso 18k Gold Amethyst Cabochon Pendant Designer Tiffany & Co Tco Sterling Silver Somerset Mesh Choker NecklaceNo Resv Authentic **tiffany & Co Etoile Band Ring W/dia In Platinum *size6*Rare !retired Gold Tiffany & Co. Butterfly Pendant Necklace Angela Cummings 18ktTiffany & Co. 18 Kt. White Gold Diamond Signature "x" Ring "750" Size 7 Tiffany & Co. 1837 Sterling Silver Lock Bracelet And Necklace SetTiffany Platinum Diamond Heart RingTiffany Ring Paloma Picasso Plus Band, Orange Carnelian And Sterling SilverTiffany & Co. Silver Blue Enamel Gift Box Charm Bracelet 8" With Pouch And BoxTiffany & Co Sterling Silver Twist Bracelet Box & PouchTiffany & Co. Rare Nature Silver Bamboo Bangle Bracelet And Earrings Set14k Gold Tiffany & Co Necklace & PendantTiffany & Co. Enchant Rubedo Metal Cuff Bracelet Size MTiffany & Co 18k Gold & 4 Diamonds Atlas Roman No Pierced Ring Band,3mm,size 8.5Tiffany & Co Pt950 Platinum Tiffany Link Chain Necklace 16"Genuine Tiffany & Co Sterling Silver Onyx Bead Bracelet Tiffany & Co. 1837 Pad Lock Clasp Necklace Choker 925 Sterling SilverAuthentic Tiffany & Co. Pierced Earring Chain Silver Sterling Silver #6327Tiffany & Co Butterfly Ring Size 6 *rare*Tiffany RingR58972 Tiffany & Co. Pt 950 Platinum Elsa Peretti Diamonds By The Yard NecklaceRetired 31" Tiffany & Co Peretti Sterling Silver Bottle Jug Necklace Pendant NrC1915 Heavy Wide Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver 'nailhead' Napkin Ring 2.1 0z A-1Authentic Tiffany Co 18k Gold / 925 Silver Heart Link 16" Choker Necklace Tiffany 18kt. Gold Ring Sive 7 And 3/4Tiffany & Co Crystal Heart Pendant With Silver 16" ChainTiffany And Co Choker NecklaceTiffany & Co. Sterling Silver Elsa Peretti Cuff Bangle Bracelet Authentic W/bagTiffany Co Toggle Necklace With Pouch And BoxTiffany & Co. Heart Toggle Choker NecklaceTiffany & Co. Oval Necklace And Bracelet SetBeautiful Tiffany & Co Ring Size 6 Marked 925, 750 Various Color Gems 15.5gR58982 Tiffany & Co. 18k Yellow Gold 750 Elsa Peretti Snack Pendant NecklaceTiffany & Co Sterling Silver Venetian Box Chain Link Necklace And Bracelet Wow!Authentic Tiffany & Co. Bracelet Charm Heart Bird Silver Sterling Silver #6467