A New Look for the Tiffany Diamond

It’s always a pleasure to share an outstanding piece of jewelry — I mean, let’s face it, posting beautiful images is one of my favorite things! Today, I present the 128.54-carat Tiffany Diamond in a new setting, in honor of Tiffany & Co’s 175th anniversary. (You can hardly see the prongs for all the scintillation — the brilliance might knock you over, in person. I don’t know that for a fact, but I volunteer to try it out!)

The finished necklace with the 128.54-carat Tiffany Diamond and white diamonds totaling more than 120 carats. Photo Credit: Carlton Davis

The finished necklace with the 128.54-carat Tiffany Diamond and white diamonds totaling more than 120 carats. Photo Credit: Carlton Davis

Despite the volume of accompanying diamonds, there’s nothing to obstruct or distract from the centerpiece in the frontal view. I love colored diamonds, especially yellow ones. The Tiffany Diamond is a prime example of what a yellow diamond can and should be! It has 82 facets — quite a few more than the standard 58-facet brilliant cut. The intensity of the yellow makes the surrounding diamonds look nearly blue by contrast.

One thing that fascinates me about jewelry making (and other forms of creative work) is the “process” — design sketches, ideas, how the concept emerges and develops — and I’m delighted to see some of that in this image:

Proposed sketches for the Diamond's new setting. Photo Credit: © Tiffany & Co.

Proposed sketches for the Diamond's new setting. Photo Credit: © Tiffany & Co.

I love the ornate side details of the Tiffany Diamond’s setting (both the final design, and the alternates.) It’s beautiful from the front, and breathtaking from the side.

Here’s a snippet from the press release (and two detail views from the images above):

Sunburst details of the Tiffany Diamond Setting

The Tiffany Diamond is one of the world’s largest and finest fancy yellow diamonds. The transcendent and mesmerizing beauty of this wondrous stone symbolizes Tiffany’s reputation as the quintessential jeweler for diamonds of the utmost quality. The necklace designed for this priceless gem was created in this great tradition.

Detail of Tiffany Diamond necklace

Tiffany’s jewelry designers submitted innovative ideas and concepts for the new setting, and the result perfectly reflects their efforts. Like the generations of expert craftspeople before them, skilled artisans then meticulously hand cut and set each diamond in the modern, fluid design that rests lightly on the neckline, radiating light and energy with every movement. Over a year in the making, the elegant necklace of white diamonds totals over 120 carats and features 20 Lucida® diamonds and 58 brilliant-cut diamonds. The Diamond’s mounting, an openwork motif of sunrays, is designed with 481 sparkling stones.
Tiffany and Company

The Tiffany Diamond necklace will appear at celebrations in Tokyo, Beijing, and Dubai, before returning home to New York City. If I have an opportunity to revisit NYC in the near future, I’ll surely pay it a visit!