Tiffanys Oceans Of Desire

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A bracelet and diamond ring from Tiffany’s 2015 Blue Book Art of the Sea collection.

 

Tiffany’s celebrated Blue Book, the jeweler’s annual publication that showcases the world’s most spectacular jewels, has been arriving at customers’ homes since 1845. Founder Charles Lewis Tiffany (1812–1902) designed it as a personal communication and service to his customers. Over time the book grew to include glossy photographs and a Tiffany Blue® cover, the distinctive robin’s-egg blue that famously graces the jeweler’s boxes. This vibrant hue is today an international symbol of style and sophistication.

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Bracelet of diamonds and platinum in a wave pattern inspired by a watch chain found in the Tiffany archives.

 

The Blue Book archive forms a detailed chronology of the jeweler’s role in the evolution of American design, as well as Mr. Tiffany’s reputation for luxury and the most beautiful diamonds on earth. Earlier editions of Blue Book include French and Spanish Crown Jewels remounted in Tiffany settings, marking the first appearance of important diamonds in the U.S., and an astonishing array of jewels that won gold medals at the great world’s fairs of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Left: Bracelet with a 21.04-carat round aquamarine in a sea of mixed-cut gemstones, including spessartites, tsavorites, sapphires and diamonds with an underlay of aquamarines in 18 karat yellow and white gold. Right: Bracelet with a 32.05-carat cushion-cut rubellite and an underlay of pink sapphires, with diamonds and 18 karat white gold in a coral motif.

 

These were followed by later editions of Blue Book with jewelry inspired by the stained glass masterworks of Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933), son of the company’s founder and a world leader of the Art Nouveau movement; designs from the 1920s platinum age of diamonds, Cocktail-Style suites from the 1940s and 1950s; and jewels that epitomize Hollywood glamour. Among these were Jean Schlumberger’s Ribbon Rosette necklace (Blue Book 2009–2010) that was mounted with the 128.54-carat Tiffany Diamond to promote the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Schlumberger’s necklace was also worn by Gloria Vanderbilt in an iconic Richard Avedon photograph in Harper’s Bazaar. In addition, his Fleur de Mer clip (Blue Book 2009–2010) was originally created for Elizabeth Taylor. Other red-carpet jewels include the Tiffany Radiance necklace with rare yellow diamonds (Blue Book 2010–2011) worn by Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet at the 2010 Oscars®; and the lavish diamond necklace from Blue Book 2013 that Anne Hathaway wore when she accepted her Oscar® that same year.

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Bracelets of round and rose-cut diamonds in 18 karat white and yellow gold, inspired by 19th-century Japanesque designs in the Tiffany Archives.

 

 

Blue Book 2015 rises to meet this unparalleled legacy of beauty and excellence with a collection inspired by “The Art of the Sea.” Design Director Francesca Amfitheatrof sets Tiffany diamonds in electrifying motion—spinning in whirlpools, cascading in waterfalls and dancing like moonlight on the waves. Her jewels of colorful gemstones are equally dynamic—blossoming in undersea gardens and swirling like pebbles polished by wind and water.

This magnificent collection debuts at a gala in New York in April 2015, when the next chapter of Blue Book unfolds with Amfitheatrof’s brilliant vision of the sea sparkling in masterpieces of the jeweler’s art.

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