Tiffany & Co.
I would imagine Tiffany’s makes any girl feel like that. Since my 21st birthday, when my dad bought me my first piece of Tiffany & Co. sterling silver jewelry, it has become a part of my legacy I intend to leave for my children. Each child has their own Tiffany’s china children’s place setting and sterling spoon. My daughter will inherit several charming necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings. And, who could forget my beautiful boys that will be handed down bill clips, cuff links and business card holders from their father.
“Well, when I get it [a mean case of the reds] the only thing that does any good is to jump in a cab and go to Tiffany’s. Calms me down right away. The quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there. If I could find a real-life place that’d make me feel like Tiffany’s, then – then I’d buy some furniture and give the cat a name!” ~Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany’s
For me, it’s luxury defined.
The one thing I did not know about Tiffany’s is that there are four locations on the Las Vegas Strip. To my surprise, the largest is located in the Crystals at CityCenter, and it’s gorgeous. Indeed, there is the famed elevator that leads guests to the Men’s collection on the lower level. But, let’s face it, the beauty of the bling is all located on the floor that needs no further introduction, or staircase to find it.
I met with Peter Sinibaldi, Group Director for Las Vegas, to discuss the ins and outs of one of the most famous jewelers of our time. He graciously led me through the intricately designed creations of Elsa Peretti and the bold designs of Paloma Picasso, introducing me to the latest collections, my favorite being the Venezia line. We walked past the muted colors of inviting leather purses and wallets, past the fine watch collection, and stopped at the glass case where eye-catching designs created specifically for their 175th anniversary are on display.
There are several things to know about the Tiffany 1837 collection.
- In honor of the anniversary, a unique jeweler’s metal, RUBEDO™, was created. It is a blend of three metals: yellow gold, silver and copper, which give it is rose hued appearance.
- Though the Tiffany 1837 pieces are all stamped, there are a select few that also have the signature of founder Charles Lewis Tiffany, inscribed in metal.
- The Tiffany 1837 collection will be available after this year, however, those pieces inscribed with the signature will not, indicating the anniversary year is over.
Collectors take heed.
The special signature and the newly created RUBEDO™ metal are not the only ways Tiffany & Co. is celebrating their 175th anniversary. There is also a small matter about a large diamond. In fact, it is one of the world’s largest and finest fancy yellow diamonds. It is the Tiffany’s diamond, and its discovery is what cemented Charles Lewis Tiffany’s position as a “Diamond King” and leader in rare diamonds and gemstones. In honor of the anniversary, the Tiffany yellow diamond was reset into a breath-taking, diamond encrusted necklace, and has had the privalage of visiting three major international cities before finding its permanent home on the Main Floor of Tiffany & Co. flagship home on Fifth Avenue in New York. Sadly, Las Vegas was not one of them, but, Peter was quite excited for me to try on several engagement rings resembling the setting of this elegant necklace.
The cut of the Tiffany’s yellow diamond itself is a square antique modified brilliant. The necklace, which took over a year to design and create, showcases the yellow diamond and is accompanied by 28 Lucida diamonds and 58 brilliant cut diamonds, totaling over 120 carats of white diamonds. The rings I was offered to try on boasted settings similar to those of the necklace featuring a yellow diamond surrounded by white brilliant-cut diamonds. Mr. Sinibaldi explained this style became quite popular after the Royal wedding last April, in which Kate flaunts a similar style on her wedding ring finger.
There is a Tiffany’s store on the Strip accessible to everyone. There is even one in the Fashion Show Mall, usually targeted towards the local shopper, for ease of being able to find that perfect matching piece and not having to travel elsewhere on the Strip. The store located at Crystals in City Center is considered a premiere store, as it is the largest in Las Vegas. While the Tiffany location in the Bellagio is under-going a modern make-over, slated to re-open sometime in Fall of 2012.
What more can you ask for in a city of glamour and lights, than shiny, pretty, bling to go with it!
Do you have a Tiffany’s memory you keep wrapped up in a pretty blue box tied with a white bow?
Disclosure: On occasion, contributors of The Trend Tribe receive products, compensation and/or services gratis or at discounted rates. This practice does not influence the contributor’s point of view or the outcome of the review. All descriptions are factual and accurately reflect the reviewers experience. The opinions are their own. Photos credits: Stefanie Van Aken and Tiffany & Co.