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Something I learned from the story: Why the now-infamous Tiffany blue? CBS News Sunday Morning said:
"[It] was chosen because it was the favorite color of Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III. "She was also considered the most stylish woman in the world," said Loring [John Loring, the company's historian/former design chief]. "She was the supermodel fashion plate - fashion arbiter of the universe."
And since it is the 175th anniversary of the brand, the store has done something special to mark the occasion: a [mostly] new, spectacular showpiece.
A priceless, 128.54 carat yellow diamond, which was bought by Charles Lewis Tiffany for $18,000 in 1878 after it was discovered a year earlier in South Africa as a 287.42-carat raw stone. This diamond has been mounted in a necklace setting with white diamonds totalling more than 120 carats.
The news release from Tiffany and Company states:
The Diamond has been set on four previous occasions, two of which involve original designs by Jean Schlumberger, Tiffany’s renowned jewelry designer. The stone was set in Schlumberger’s Ribbon Rosette necklace to promote the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s; and it was mounted in Schlumberger’s Bird on a Rock setting for the designer’s 1995 retrospective at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
Can you imagine what this diamond must feel like around your neck? The pure weight of the object must be incredible.
Video Credit: © Tiffany & Co.
What do you think of this Tiffany & Co. showpiece? Is it too big? Are you a Tiffany's fan, or do you like a different jewelry brand?
Or, maybe you are a Tiffany Studios lamp fan? Then you might enjoy this story from 2007:
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See more photos of Tiffany's former Long Island estate, Laurelton Hall, here. And Wikipedia here.