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Revision as of 19:51, 8 January 2013

Tiffany & Co.

Maker's Mark Name/Period Location Specialty


Tiffany & Co.

Charles Tiffany Tiffany, Young & Ellis

Tiffany & John P. Young
259 Broadway NY
550 Broadway NY
  • Manufacturer
  • Paulding Farnum, Designer
  • Edward C. Moore, Designer
  • 1841
    • J.L. Ellis joined the firm
    • Young went to Europe to explore possibilities.
  • 1848 Gold & Diamond jewelry of their own design.
  • John Young in Paris took advantage of the fall of Louis Philippe and purchased the court’s jewelry and enough diamonds to keep the firm going for years to come.
  • Charles Tiffany became known as the king of diamonds.
  • 1853-1870
    • Young & Ellis retired and the firm became Tiffany & Co.
  • Decorative objects for the home.
  • German costume jewelry.
  • Paste from Paris (Palais Royal).
  • Genuine Jewelry from Paris & London.
  • 1856 pieces a Hartford Connecticut historic oak tree, felled in a storm, were used by Tiffany to make patriotic carvings for jewelry.
  • 1858 Tiffany bought the last, unused 20 miles of the transatlantic cable and created souvenir jewelry.
  • Built a new location at Broadway and 15th with workshops and retail space.
  • Paris Branch.
  • London Branch.
  • Office and Watch Manufacturing in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Incorporated as a full -fledged manufacturer.
  • 1867 Paris Exposition
    • Tiffany won first prize for its silverware – the first ever for the United States.
  • 1878 Paris Exposition
    • Tiffany & Co. wins the Grand Prix for silverware, a gold medal for its architectural revival jewelry and 6 other medals.
    • Tiffany premiered its Mixed Metalware in the Japanese style to great acclaim.
  • 1879 - Tiffany Diamond
    • Tiffany & Co. purchased a 287.42 carat rough yellow diamond from South Africa and had it cut in Paris resulting in the largest flawless yellow diamond to that date.
  • Until 1880 Sole distribution of Patek Philippe & Co. in USA.
  • During the Civil War they provided Swords, uniform laces, epaulettes, ornaments and medals and badges, caps, rifles and shoes. The profits enabled Tiffany & Co. to return to making jewelry and silverware after the war as a major player.
  • 1886
    • Tiffany & Co. develops the six prong setting to hold a diamond – known ever after as the “Tiffany Setting
  • 1887
    • Tiffany & Co. purchases 24 lots of Empress Eugenie’s diamond jewelry from the French government.
  • 1889 Paris Exposition
    • George Kunz assembled a collection of rare minerals and gems for exhibit at the Paris Exposition along with the jewelry made by Tiffany & Co.
    • Tiffany introduces an American collection of jewelry and ornaments inspired by American art and resources such as Tennessee Pearls, Montana Sapphires Arizona Garnets, Colorado Rock Crystal, Mexican Opal.
    • Tiffany & Co.’s enamel orchids displayed at this Exposition inspired a revival of enamel jewelry.
  • 1893 World's Columbian Expostion
    • Tiffany exhibited more American influenced pieces with colored stones along with internationally influenced items
  • 1900 Paris Exposition
    • Tiffany exhibited American made jewels with American and historical motifs.