Art Nouveau and Art Deco Jewellers
Tiffany & Co is indelibly associated with providing jewels for famous people. Audrey Hepburn, of course, starred in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s in the Sixties. And since the launch of the company in 1837 personalities from Queen Victoria and Elizabeth Taylor have been on the roster of clients.
Charles Lewis Tiffany and John Burnett Young were behind Tiffany’s early days as a stationary and fancy goods shop in New York City. In 1845, the company decided to create fine quality pieces rather than imitation jewels. That same year the company launched the Blue Book – the first mail order catalogue in the United States.
At the end of the 19th century it bedazzled clients with pendants, gold-enamelled brooches and jewelled watches designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany in the Art Nouveau style. Such was the inspiration the company drew from the style that the phrase Tiffany Style was coined.
Tiffany continued to embrace new design movements, creating stunning Art Deco designs in the 1920s. This continued after World War Two. In 1956 the French designer Jean Schlumberger joined the company. Richard Burton bought his dolphin clip as a gift for Elizabeth Taylor. Another customer was Jacqueline Kennedy, who wore a Schlumberger two-fruit clip.
In 1974 Elsa Peretti began designing for the company. She was joined in 1980 by Paloma Picasso, and in 2006 by architect Frank Gehry.
Tiffany’s celebrity clientele continues to grow. In 2010 stars including Angelina Jolie, Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson were among those photographed wearing the company’s jewels.