Tiffany & Co exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London

Jewels, fables and films: Tiffany & Co celebrates a dazzling heritage in London

Discover the illustrious history of Tiffany & Co at next month’s “Vision & Virtuosity” exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery

Tiffany & Co delves into a legendary story in a new exhibition opening June 2022 at London’s Saatchi Gallery. “Vision & Virtuosity” marks 150 years since the arrival of the New York jeweler in London with a journey through nearly two centuries of history divided into seven parts, considering everything from the house’s fine jewelry to cultural references. well-known popular.

Antique brooch in platinum and diamonds, 1961

The exhibit begins with an exploration of the history of the Fifth Avenue flagship store windows, which have captured the public imagination since they first appeared in 1955 under the artistic direction of Gene Moore. Under her tenure, storefronts have become art installations, with cartoons bringing a never-before-seen irreverence to jewelry displays. This spirit also characterizes the second chapter of the exhibition, which examines how Tiffany & Co has become a ubiquitous presence in everyday culture, taking into account everything from the distinctive blue of jewelry boxes to the role of the brand in cinema and l ‘art. The most iconic movie moment, Breakfast at Tiffany’shas its own chapter, with memorabilia, including Audrey Hepburn’s black Givenchy dress and script, with notes.

High jewelry then takes center stage, with an exploration of the fantastic creations of blue book, the mail order catalog of rare fine jewelry that debuted in 1845. Exceptional pieces include those by respected designer Jean Schlumberger.

by Audrey Hepburn Breakfast at Tiffany’s script

The diamond expertise of Tiffany & Co is the subject of the following chapters. “The Diamonds chapter is where you’ll find my favorite piece in the exhibit, the reimagined World’s Fair necklace set with the 80.33 ct Empire diamond,” says Vicky Reynolds, chief gemologist at Tiffany & Co. “It’s simply spectacular. The Empire Diamond is, in a way, the modern expression of a legacy that began with the Tiffany Diamond in 1878. It’s that relentless pursuit of the world’s finest diamonds. which highlights everything we do at Tiffany.

It’s a skill set encapsulated in engagement ring designs, part of a story that began with the Tiffany setting and continues to the present day with the unveiling last year of the Charles setting. Tiffany. These more modern pieces sit alongside 19th-century jewelry, including an 1855 diamond brooch created by the Bapst Brothers, the French court jeweler, for Empress Eugenie of France, and the legendary Tiffany diamond, one of the world’s most famous yellow diamonds, discovered in 1877 and purchased by founder Charles Lewis Tiffany a year later.

The Empire Diamond Necklace

‘“Vision & Virtuosity” tells the extraordinary story of one of the oldest luxury jewelers, through its nearly 200-year history of pioneering creativity, legendary craftsmanship and sourcing the world’s most extraordinary diamonds and gemstones” , adds Anthony Ledru, President and CEO of Tiffany & Co. ‘This exhibition perfectly reflects our long-standing heritage in bridging tradition and modernity. We are delighted to share the world of Tiffany & Co and our unique style of fine jewelery with London. §

The ad, ’25 Rings Worth a Helping Hand’, 1969

The Tiffany & Co. blue bookcatalog 1966-67

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