Happy 175 Anniversary Tiffany!

What started as a stationery and goods store in New York City back in 1837 has morphed into one of the world’s leading diamond authorities and silversmiths. How could a company that dreamed up the engagement ring as we know it today (the six-prong Tiffany setting created in 1886) not be one of the coolest icons? There is never a bad occasion to unwrap one of the signature Tiffany blue boxes!

The first Chicago store (and Midwest flagship) opened on Michigan Avenue back in 1966. The new Enchant collection, which was created to specifically celebrate Tiffany’s glitzy 175-year history in just stunning. Unfolding the history of the iconic store, here are the different pieces that have made up the celebrated jeweler’s colorful past.

Maybe not as blue as it is today, but something tells us the ladies back in 1837 got just as excited as we do now at the thought of receiving one of these iconic, little boxes.

Abraham Lincoln purchased a seed pearl necklace and brooch for his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, to wear to the Inaugural Ball back in 1861.

 

Who would have guessed that Tiffany & Co. designed ceremonial swords during the Civil War? The particular one was designed for the general Ulysses S. Grant.

Tiffany created a bevy of jewelry designs honoring the United States Centennial of Independence, such as this brooch replicating the 1776 American flag.

Another commemorative piece is this sterling silver bangle honoring the centennial of U.S. independence.

Haute-couture cash? Tiffany redesigned the great seal of the United States in the 1880s, which you see every day on the dollar bills. Amazing information.

Tiffany started out as a stationery and fancy goods store. Tiffany designed and engraved the invitations for the opening of the Statue of Liberty in 1886.

Do you should recognize this Ribbon Rosette necklace (designed by Jean Schlumberger) with the Tiffany Diamond worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s?

 

Who better to be commissioned to create a china pattern for the White House than Tiffany’s? This set was created for Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968. The overall design features more than 40 varieties of wildflowers, along with an eagle motif patterned after china purchased by President James Monroe in Paris back in 1817.

Into the present time, the gorgeous Tiffany Enchant collection, set in 18k rose gold and platinum with diamonds.

Pendant, $30,000; Earrings, $22,000; Bangle, $58,000.

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. The Tiffany Enchant Yellow Diamond ring set in platinum is a piece of art!

 

Photo Credits: Tiffany & Co.

 

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