In the world of high jewellery, few can claim a provenance like Tiffany & Co. and its Blue Book Collection. Since its debut in 1845, the collection has become iconic for its illustration of the maison's savoir faire, particularly its expertise in unique gemstones. For its 2021 edition, Tiffany & Co.'s Blue Book Collection reads to the theme "Colors Of Nature" and focuses on coloured gemstones and natural beauty.
A quick look into the collections reveals a dazzling array of shades and hues reminiscent of the great outdoors. Verdant greens and electric blues bring to mind rolling green hills and endless azure seas. "Colors Of Nature" also offers up an intriguing combination of cuts and gem types: there are trapezoid diamonds that transition into graduated custom-cut sapphires on a green tourmaline necklace. The juxtaposition of cushion, emerald and oval cuts create a distinctive aesthetic; a rare sight outside of the "Colors Of Nature" collection. Even more arresting is Tiffany & Co.'s unique "cracked ice" cut on the butterfly and turtle brooches; each diamond is custom cut to the setting and forms a mosaic effect.
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Brooch in 18k yellow gold with custom-cut purple sapphires of over 8 total carats and cracked-ice and custom-cut baguette diamonds of over 11 total carats. Convertible piece. Tiffany's 2021 Blue Book Collection, Colors of Nature.
"Colors Of Nature" also features several "Tiffany Firsts" – rare and unique gemstones with a long history within the maison such as tanzanite and morganite. While the quality of the gemstones is pegged to an indisputably high standard, the criteria for selection goes beyond what can be readily observed. "The most important — and most challenging — criteria is finding a gemstone that is truly exemplary, something that takes your breath away. It’s often more about a feeling you get, which can be very personal. Each gemstone needs to have something magical, an inner beauty that draws us in. Only then do we know that they are truly of Tiffany calibre," explains Victoria Reynolds, Chief Gemologist at Tiffany & Co..
The gems in "Colors Of Nature" is put through rigorous assessment and each piece is carefully hand-selected. "Sourcing gemstones for our collections is a quest to find the rarest, most beautiful and unusual gemstones in the world, and we travel extensively in search for these miracles of nature that inspire us and our designs," says Reynolds. "It can take years to find the perfect stone for a specific design, and other times, the stone reveals itself and we know right away that we have to have it."
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Necklace in 18k yellow gold with round esteemed Russian demantoid garnets of over 22 total carats and mixed-cut diamonds of over 34 total carats. Convertible piece. Tiffany's 2021 Blue Book Collection, Colors of Nature.
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Necklace in platinum with mixed-cut diamonds of over 58 total carats. Tiffany's 2021 Blue Book Collection, Colors of Nature.
2021 also marks another milestone in Tiffany & Co.'s expansive history, as the brand enters the second phase of its Diamond Craft Journey. Under this initiative, clients are privy to the full craftsmanship journey of their jewellery, from its country of origin to where the precious stones are cut and polished. This offers a degree of transparency rarely seen within the luxury jewellery industry, highlighting Tiffany & Co.'s applaudable commitment to social and environmental standards.
It's the same unwavering attention to detail that makes "Colors Of Nature" a standout collection amongst other high jewellery series. A prime example is the 278-carat multiple-gemstone necklace that features seven varieties of gems – aquamarines, tanzanites; pink, orange and green tourmalines; a rubellite, and a morganite. The sheer number of precious gems involved necessitates a meticulous approach when it concerns craftsmanship and design – a challenge that Tiffany & Co. has all but mastered. With its bold colours and striking designs, "Colors Of Nature" beautifully encapsulates the maison's vision of everyday beauty, both from within and without.
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Necklace in platinum with emerald-cut green tourmalines of over 77 total carats, custom-cut sapphires of over 29 total carats and trapezoid diamonds of over 2 total carats. Tiffany's 2021 Blue Book Collection, Colors of Nature.
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