Tiffany & Co. celebrates 175 years with a pair of new collections
By Jack Houston
You have to admit, Tiffany & Co. is looking pretty good for 175. The jeweler so legendary they made a book about it (Truman Capote’s novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s), which became an even bigger success onscreen (thanks to Audrey Hepburn’s career-defining turn as Holly Golightly), began life as a small gift shop in New York in 1837.
Now there are more than 230 Tiffany & Co. locations around the world, including four in Las Vegas, at Via Bellagio, Crystals, The Forum Shops at Caesars and Fashion Show.
All four locations are getting in on the anniversary celebration with a pair of collections that highlight the jeweler’s evolution while reflecting on its storied history. The Tiffany Enchant collection recalls 19th-century wrought iron garden gates with everything from a scroll pendant ($20,000) with diamonds set in platinum, studded with 18-karat rose gold to a yellow and white diamond ornate cushion-cut ring (price upon request) set in platinum. A pair of diamond bangles ($20,000-$50,000) and pendant with yellow and white diamonds, sapphires and tsavorites in platinum and 18-karat gold ($42,000) are simply stunning.
The TLC Fall 2012 collection finds designers Richard Lambertson and John Truex collaborating on a series of handbags and accessories that owe to the richness of fall colors. The Harriet satchel ($1,695) and Sloane twist top handle ($1,195) are made from colored haircalf and sport leather trim. Reversible leather totes ($875) are a perfect synthesis of style and practicality, while other accessories, including wallets, card cases and wrist pochettes, add that Tiffany & Co. touch to just about any ensemble.
But the classics never really go out of style, and the Tiffany Setting engagement ring is still the apple of many a prospective fiancée’s eye, with six prongs holding the diamond away from the band to let the light pass through. Translation: You’ll be able to see her sparkle from a mile away.