In celebration of Bond Street Culture & Heritage Week, Tiffany & Co. is proud to present American Glamour, an archival exhibition of jewellery, on view from 7 – 13 June, at Tiffany’s UK flagship at 25 Old Bond Street.
From its founding in 1837, Tiffany & Co. delighted its affluent clientele with jewels of high fashion and refined elegance. The world soon took note and awarded Tiffany an unprecedented number of medals for its jewellery exhibits at the great World’s Fairs from 1853 to 1940.
At the 1939 New York World’s Fair, Tiffany displayed an astonishing array of “Cocktail Style” jewellery, characterized by oversized gemstones and goldwork that curved, looped and spiraled. The bold, three-dimensional jewellery was a favorite of socialites and celebrities collectively known as Café Society, whose glamorous jewels lit up El Morocco, “21,” and the Stork Club from the late 1930s through the 1950s. The style’s colour and chic is epitomized in a Tiffany necklace and bracelet suite (c. 1940) featuring a 120-carat emerald-cut aquamarine in the necklace, with 18K gold scrolled mounts, flexible chain, platinum-set diamonds and sapphires.
Other exhibition highlights include a stylized Bow brooch (c. 1945-1946), featuring an emerald-cut aquamarine with sapphires and diamonds and tied with a lavish gold bow. Also on display is one of the era’s key accessories, a bracelet watch (c.1941), featuring several Cocktail Style characteristics, including “snake” chain, tinted gold, geometric styling, and ruby accents.
“The exhibition showcases Tiffany’s great legacy of quality and craftsmanship,” said Melvyn Kirtley, Tiffany & Co. President of Europe, “and also represents an important chapter in America’s design heritage.”
The Tiffany & Co. Archives includes outstanding examples of Tiffany design and fine craftsmanship spanning the company’s history, as well as objects that reflect a continuing interest in the artistic styles of other cultures