Tiffany & Co.

June 28, 2009 by Administrator 


Tiffany & Co. is one jewelry firm that really needs no introduction. Founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and Teddy Young in New York City in 1837 as a “stationery and fancy goods emporium” the company has truly achieved iconic status.

Tiffany’s flagship store (since 1940) is located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street in Manhattan, New York City. The polished granite exterior is well known for its tiny window displays, and a 128.54 carats (25.71 g) Fancy Yellow Tiffany Diamond usually is on display the store. Tiffany’s has been used as a location in a number of films including Breakfast at Tiffany’s, starring Audrey Hepburn, and Sweet Home Alabama, starring Reese Witherspoon.

Tiffany designs have been worn by such famous US families as the Astors, the Vanderbilts, Posts, Huttons, and the Morgans. Athletes, Hollywood stars, and even European royalty have long sought after Tiffany jewelry and diamonds. Museums valued the Tiffany designs, which ranged from the Art Nouveau period to Art Deco to today’s modern styles.

Indicative of its status as a jewelry industry leader, it was a Tiffany’s gemologist who was instrumental in the international adoption of the metric carat as a weight standard for gems, and the Tiffany standard for sterling and platinum have been adopted as United States Standards.

Although most often associated with diamond jewelry, Tiffany & Co. created spin off chain Iridesse in 2005. This new line is dedicated to pearl-only jewelry. Tifanny is also well known for its sterling silver jewelry, some pieces which are engraved with the address of the store.

Because Tiffany is such a sought after jewelry brand, there are many pieces of fake Tiffany jewelry on the market today. Be very careful whenever buying used Tiffany jewelry, making sure that the seller is a trusted source. Ask for the original Tiffany paperwork to ensure authenticity. And if you should want to sell Tiffany jewelry, be sure to go to a professional jewelry buyer who specializes in branded jewelry—otherwise you might just be offered the melt-down price for your Tiffany ring, necklace, bracelet, or earring.

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