Iconic designs from the esteemed house...
11/25/2020 News and Film, Jewelry and Watches
Since opening its first store in 1837, the great American house, Tiffany & Co. has maintained a continued legacy of luxury through the highest standards of material, craftsmanship and design.
Their dedication to quality materials is evident as early as 1851, when they became the first American house to introduce .925 sterling silver. Over the next century, they introduced fine gemstones including Kunzite in 1903, Morganite in 1910, Tanzanite in 1968 and Tsavorite in 1974.
Tiffany & Co.’s excellent craftsmanship was first formally recognized in 1867 at the Paris World’s fair and further perpetuated with the cutting of the legendary Tiffany Diamond in 1878. Their quality craftsmanship is maintained today with their contemporary Vertical Integration Model, promising integrity and transparency.
Arguably the most important factor to the house’s legacy of luxury, is its relevant and timeless designs. Tiffany & Co. has represented some of the most significant designers in history, including Jean Schlumberger, Elsa Peretti and Paloma Picasso, whose designs are still in production today.
Lot 142 | A pair of diamond and eighteen karat gold “Lynn” stud earrings, Jean Schlumberger, Tiffany & Co., $1,200-1,500
French designer, Jean Schlumberger, brought his talents to Tiffany & Co. in 1956 where he created some of the world’s most fantastical and recognizable jewels. His most exceptional designs are known for their whimsy in thanks to his clever use of gemstones and natural images.
One of Schlumberger’s most timeless designs include his Lynn Collection. This intricate design includes delicately crafted, yet bold X-motifs that appear almost woven together when presented in a necklace or bracelet. The quality diamonds elevate the motif with its sparkle and stark white contrast to the rich gold color. These simple yet thoughtful stud earrings are an excellent set for everyday wear.
Lot 90 | A diamond and eighteen karat gold “Wave” necklace, Elsa Peretti, Tiffany & Co., $3,000-5,000
Italian designer, Elsa Peretti, joined Tiffany & Co. in 1974, during a major aesthetic shift. Her tactile and organic designs are both approachable and attractive, making them highly popular in an era where fashion was becoming increasingly unpretentious.
The fluid rows, reminiscent of ocean waves, are true to Peretti’s sensuous silhouettes. The strength and femininity of her designs are evident in the elegance of the flowing lines of bold polished gold wire. An excellent example of Peretti’s unique creations.
Lot 91 | A collection of three eighteen karat gold pins, Tiffany & Co. a "Loving Heart Arrow" by Paloma Picasso; a "Scribble" by Paloma Picasso; an "Open Heart" by Elsa Peretti, $1,500-2,000
Daughter of Pablo Picasso and Françoise Gilot, Paloma Picasso, launched her first collection with Tiffany & Co., in 1980, marking another aesthetic shift. Embracing the audacious aesthetic of the 1980s, Picasso utilized bold and colorful gemstones in her designs.
It was Picasso’s very first campaign, Graffiti, which would become her signature collection. Written in her own handwriting, the series was embraced the New York City street art of the 1970s and 1980s. “Loving Heart Arrow” and “Scribble”, included here, are beautiful examples of Picasso’s designs.