Tiffany & Co.’s latest work is enough to make everyone swoon over Holly Golightly.
The heritage American jeweler needs something truly spectacular to mark the reopening of its Fifth Avenue flagship in 2022, which is currently undergoing a major renovation. The solution? Exploring the archives to find a design worthy of the occasion. The new creation will be based on a necklace created by the firm for the 1939 World’s Fair, but, to go up a notch, the aquamarine stone of the original model is replaced by an 80-carat diamond.
The glittering gem will be the largest Tiffany has ever made available for purchase and is only eclipsed in size by the legendary Tiffany Diamond, which is notoriously not for sale. Not only great when it comes to diamonds, it also has a D crystal color rating and is internally flawless, so every facet sparkles at its maximum capacity. “The new necklace perfectly reflects our brand’s heritage as a New York luxury jeweler, whose founder was known as the ‘King of Diamonds,’ said Victoria Reynolds, the company’s chief gemologist, in a statement.
But more than visually dazzling, it is also representative of Tiffany’s traceability commitments. This particular stone was responsibly sourced in Botswana, Africa, and its provenance has been revealed in accordance with the brand’s Diamond Craft Journey, which ensures responsible diamond cultivation practices. Last year, Tiffany became the first major jeweler to disclose the origin of all newly mined and individually registered diamonds of 0.18 carats or more.
The original necklace was designed to inspire the 44 million visitors to the World’s Fair, which took place in Queens, New York. In a fortuitous example of parallelism, his unveiling was intended to set the stage for the opening of his flagship, which was later made famous by films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s. And in a year, the brilliant successor to the necklace will welcome customers and tourists to this restored space.