Tiffany & Co. has been abuzz with activities since its acquisition by LVMH at the start of the year. While the world watches on to see what exciting effects a top management change will cause at the beloved American luxury house in the upcoming months (not least the recent appointment of creative maverick Ruba Abu-Nimah as its Executive Creative Director to drive its vision), for now, it’s still business as usual with the unveiling of its 2021 Blue Book Collection: Colors of Nature.
Comprising 128 designs that range from delicate diamond earrings to timepieces entirely cloaked in precious stones, this year’s collection sees jewellery designer Jean Schlumberger’s emblematic creations presented alongside Tiffany high jewellery designs in a riot of colours. From legacy gems like tanzanite and kunzite (which Tiffany & Co discovered), to coveted stones like Columbian emeralds and priced sapphires, the collection unravels an impressive 35 varieties of gems that have been used to paint nature across sky, land, sea and the earth.
The collection made its debut in Shanghai in early April and is making its way to other cities across the globe. Come August 10, the highly anticipated exhibition will reach our sunny shores, together with an extraordinary gemstone—an over-80-carat, internally flawless oval diamond newly acquired by Tiffany—taking centre stage in an exclusive Southeast Asia showcase.
Named the Empire Diamond, this remarkable gemstone marks the luxury jeweller’s largest diamond acquisition since the obtaining the 128.54-carat Tiffany Diamond back in 1878, and will be set in a striking design inspired by the iconic 1939 World’s Fair necklace. To be unveiled at the reopening of the Tiffany Fifth Avenue flagship store in 2022 with an estimated price tag in the tens of millions, the reimagined necklace is expected to be Tiffany’s most expensive piece yet. Sourced from Botswana, Africa, the exceptional center stone “symbolises the brand’s industry-first approach to traceability, making it not only a rare jewel, but also a responsible one.”
Scroll through for a sneak preview of what to expect from the high jewellery collection.
The exhibition will run from August 10 till August 15 at the Asian Civilisations Museum, River Room, Level 2. By appointment only.
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