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The One and Only Tiffany
If you ever get a chance to see the breathtaking piece of art called the Tiffany diamond, take
This famous diamond, mined in South Africa in 1877, with its flashing yellow beams of light
and weighing in at 128.54 carats, is on loan to the National Museum of Natural History until September.
It is so brilliant that it helped earn a 19th-century jeweler, Charles Lewis Tiffany, the
nickname “King of Diamonds.”
Tiffany acquired the South African diamond in 1878 for around $18,000. A famous gemologist of
the era, George Frederick Kunz, supervised the cutting from its original 287.42 carats; a daunting task that
took nearly a year.
Today, the gorgeous Tiffany Diamond is the icon of Tiffany & Co., where it has been on
view for nearly 70 years. Tiffany designer Jean Schlumberger designed three jeweled settings for the Tiffany
Diamond in 1956. The current setting “Bird on a Rock” was mounted in 1995. This is the first time the Tiffany
Diamond has been shown at a U.S. museum outside of New York.
Says, curator of the museum's National Gem Collection, Jeffrey Post, “The color is intense and
even in 1878 it made a splash, and Kunz cut it for its brilliance." It has 82 facets instead of the usual 58.”
Only twice has the diamond been worn: once by Audrey Heyburn in publicity photos for "Breakfast at Tiffany's,"
and the other by Mary Whitehouse at the 1957 Tiffany Ball in Newport, R.I.
Don't try to guess its value. "We paid $18,000 for the rough stone," said Fernanda Kellogg,
president of the Tiffany Foundation. "Now it has such a place in Tiffany's heart, it goes beyond value."
Tiffany & Co. Sets The Standard For Fine Diamonds
If you are looking for fine diamonds, search no further than the world renowned Tiffany &
Co. It was Tiffany & Co. that introduced the engagement ring, as we know it today. The celebrated six-prong
“Tiffany® Setting” lifts the diamond above the band and into the light. The result is a ring whose beauty has
never been equaled.
In the spring of 1887, Tiffany literally shocked the world by somehow purchasing the revered French Crown Jewels.
For those of you who don’t know, the French Crown Jewels were the
crowns, orbs, diadems and jewels that were the symbol of royalty and were worn by many Kings and Queens of
They were and still are a highly sought after treasured collection. From that moment on,
Tiffany undoubtedly became the world’s authority on the finest diamonds.
Soon, passion driven Tiffany designers were busy creating brilliance of their own. From the
glittering 1890s on, timeless Tiffany designs graced women from the finest families.
You name them; the lists reads like a who’s who portrait of esteemed pedigree: the
Vanderbilts, the Morgans, the Astors, Hollywood icons, celebrities, professional athletes and European royalty.
Year in, year out, the passion for Tiffany diamonds is clearly demonstrated in the world’s auction houses.
Acquiring a Tiffany Diamond is like acquiring a piece of rich history.
Source: Vicente Ross, http://DiamondExperts.biz/