Tiffany & Co.’s gemstone rings portray a heritage of brilliant color

Published February 7th, 2010 - 02:48 GMT

 Whether color is out in force or merely whispers, it is the key indicator of fashion’s mood. The source of its power lies in nature, from whose mysterious depths color comes forth in dramatic ways. One of the most spectacular is fiery, translucent gemstones. These radiant riches are a measure of nature’s magic. Sparkling in exquisite jewels by Tiffany & Co., the celebrated American style icon and legendary design house, they are an ultimate gauge of glamour and style.

Pegah Goldooz, General Manager Tiffany & Co. UAE, said: “Colored gemstones, a center piece of Tiffany’s jewelry collections, played a major part in establishing Tiffany as a world-renowned jeweler. Prior to the middle of the 19th century, colored gemstones were rarely used in American jewelry. All that changed in 1876, when preeminent gemologist Dr George Frederick Kunz (1856–1932) sold an exceptional tourmaline to Tiffany founder Charles Lewis Tiffany (1812–1902). Soon after, Dr Kunz joined the company and embarked on a lifelong quest for the most extraordinary gems for Tiffany’s clientele.”

The treasures unearthed by this intrepid globetrotter formed the world’s greatest collection of gemstones. Kunz was as passionate about American gemstones—Montana sapphires, Maine tourmalines, garnets and topazes from Utah—as he was about exotic yellow beryl from Ceylon, demantoid (green) garnets from Russia’s Ural Mountains, aquamarines from Brazil, and from Madagascar, a violet pink beryl that was eventually named morganite for financier J.P. Morgan.

With these and other brilliant gems Tiffany created color-saturated jewels as lavish and sought-after as the Tiffany diamonds the fashionably rich wore day and night. G. Paulding Farnham (1859–1927), chief jewelry designer from 1891 to 1908, designed many of these jewels. Farnham was a consummate colorist with a vast range of influences.

Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933), son of Charles Tiffany and a leader of the Art Nouveau
movement, captured the key themes of his famous stained glass—vividly colored fruits, wildflowers, birds, insects—in jewels with Mexican fire opals, green and red garnets and amethysts. The creations of these gifted designers were featured in Tiffany’s grand prize-winning exhibitions at the great world’s fairs in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. With motifs from antiquity to Orientalist, Native American and later, the exuberant 1930’s cocktail style, Tiffany & Co. received unprecedented recognition as the undisputed leader in the world of jewels.

Tiffany gemstone rings are available at all Tiffany & Co. boutiques in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

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