Founder: Charles Tiffany

  • Tiffany, Young & Ellis
  • Tiffany & John P. Young
  • 259 Broadway NY
  • 550 Broadway NY
  • Manufacturer


  • Paulding Farnham
  • Edward Moore


  • J.L. Ellis joined the firm


  • Importing of gold jewelry from Europe for sale in America.


  • Importers of goods from England, France, Germany, Italy & Switzerland
  • 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.


  • Paris branch opened at Rue de Richelieu


  • Pieces a Hartford Connecticut historic oak tree, felled in a storm, were used by Tiffany to make patriotic carvings for jewelry.


  • Tiffany bought the last, unused 20 miles of the transatlantic cable and created souvenir jewelry.
  • Office and Watch Manufacturing in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Incorporated as a full-fledged manufacturer.

1862 Civil War

  • During the Civil War, they provided Swords, uniform laces, epaulets, 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.

1867 Paris Exposition

  • Tiffany won first prize for its silverware, the first ever for the United States.


  • Moves to West Union Square at 15th with workshops and retail space.


  • London Branch.

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.


  • 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.


  • Paulding Farnham becomes Edward Moore’s assistant.


  • Tiffany & Co. develops the six-prong setting to hold a diamond known ever after as the “Tiffany Setting”


  • 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 Exposition

  • 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.

c.1950: 727 Fifth Ave. New York 22, NY

  • T&Co.