Jewels, fables and films: Tiffany & Co celebrates a dazzling legacy in London
Explore Tiffany & Co’s illustrious history at up coming month’s ‘Vision & Virtuosity’ exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery
Tiffany & Co is getting a deep-dive into a legendary historical past in a new exhibition opening in June 2022 at London’s Saatchi Gallery. ‘Vision & Virtuosity’ marks 150 yrs considering that the New York jeweller arrived in London with a meander by way of just about two hundreds of years of background divided into 7 areas, thinking of every little thing from the house’s significant jewellery to the effectively-recognised popular cultural references.
An antique diamond and platinum brooch, 1961
The exhibition starts with an exploration into the historical past of the window shows at the flagship Fifth Avenue shop, which have sparked the public’s imagination given that they started to seem in 1955 under artistic director Gene Moore. Below his tenure, the home windows turned artwork installations, with humorous designs bringing a beforehand unseen irreverence to jewellery shows. This wit also characterises the exhibition’s next chapter, which considers how Tiffany & Co turned a ubiquitous existence in day to day culture, taking in all the things from the unique blue of the jewellery packing containers to the brand’s job in movie and art. The most iconic motion picture instant, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, has its have chapter, featuring memorabilia which includes Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy black dress and her script, finish with her notes.
Superior jewelry will take centre stage later on on, with an exploration into the fantastical creations of the Blue Reserve, the mail order catalogue of uncommon higher jewellery that designed its debut in 1845. Remarkable items incorporate individuals by respected designer Jean Schlumberger.
Audrey Hepburn’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s script
Tiffany & Co’s diamond knowledge kinds the topic of subsequent chapters. ‘The Diamonds chapter is the place you will come across my favourite piece in the exhibition, the reimagined World’s Honest necklace established with the 80.33ct Empire Diamond,’ states Vicky Reynolds, chief gemologist at Tiffany & Co. ‘It is very little shorter of breathtaking. The Empire Diamond is, in a way, a present day expression of a legacy that began with the Tiffany Diamond in 1878. It’s this relentless pursuit of the world’s finest diamonds that underscores every little thing we do at Tiffany.’
It is a skill established encapsulated in the engagement ring styles, aspect of a background that started with the Tiffany Placing and continues to the present day with the unveiling final 12 months of the Charles Tiffany Location. These extra modern day parts sit along with 19th-century jewels on screen such as a diamond brooch dating from 1855 and made by Frères Bapst, the French court jeweller, for Empress Eugénie of France, and the famous Tiffany Diamond, one particular of the most famous yellow diamonds in the earth, learned in 1877 and ordered by founder Charles Lewis Tiffany a yr later on.
The Empire Diamond necklace
‘“Vision & Virtuosity” tells the amazing story of just one of the oldest luxurious jewellers, as a result of its practically 200-calendar year historical past of revolutionary creativity, legendary craftsmanship and sourcing of the world’s most remarkable diamonds and gemstones,’ adds Anthony Ledru, president and main govt officer at Tiffany & Co. ‘This exhibition completely captures our long-standing heritage in bridging custom and modernity. We are thrilled to share the globe of Tiffany & Co and our exclusive higher jewelry model with London.’ §