Introduction

In terms of American luxury, no name quite matches Tiffany & Co. The elegance, the brilliance, and the little blue boxes seem to come together in our collective imagination to create a brand with standing unlike any other. The alchemy of desire and design, brought together by Tiffany’s noted designers, make this American firm among the world’s most sought after brands. Simply put, Tiffany is associated with glamor and excellence, having produced heirloom quality objects for nearly two centuries. As such, Tiffany products often demand a high premium at auction.

Tiffany & Co. Wave Bracelet. 18K Gold.

History (and Breakfast)

Tiffany and Company was founded in 1837 by Charles Lewis Tiffany in New York City. The firm specialized in jewelry, but also produced household objects such as flatware (forks, knives, spoons, and such) and hollowware (teapots, coffeepots, dishes, etc.). By 1851, they were producing objects in sterling silver (0.925), the preferred British standard silver for coinage and silver objects. In addition, Tiffany was importing high quality gemstones from Europe (including the French Crown Jewels), and was a pioneer in the popularization of the modern engagement ring, with a single diamond in the center. Various designers have worked with the company, from family members like artist Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, 1848 – 1933) to famed designers like Jean Schlumberger (French, 1907 – 1987), Paloma Picasso (French / Spanish, b. 1949), and Elsa Peretti (Italian, 1940 – 2021). The firm’s clout was only compounded by being featured in the famed 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, starring the ever-glamorous Audrey Hepburn.

Floating Hearts Necklaces by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver.

Tiffany Jewelry

Tiffany is best known for their jewelry today, which comes in many different forms and styles. Rings, bracelets, necklaces, and more are produced by the brand. One of the characteristics of Tiffany jewelry that is so alluring, however, is the simplicity of design. Tiffany uses high quality materials, like sterling silver and 18 karat gold, to produce elegant pieces of the highest caliber. Their designs, especially in recent decades, have focused on a more minimal and modern aesthetic, with Picasso and Peretti designs being especially popular.

Tiffany & Co. "Flemish" pattern flatware. Sterling Silver.

Tiffany Flatware and Hollowware

Tiffany does not only make jewelry, of course, and some of their most sought after pieces are flatware and hollowware. A similar minimal and modern aesthetic permeates these pieces as well, with flatware patterns like Flemish being among their most sought after pieces. Earlier designs do still draw a crowd, however. Louis Comfort Tiffany’s influence on the brand brought the Art Nouveau to the brand, with pieces like the Pine Cone Bowl (ca. 1907 – 1947) produced under his influence.

Tiffany & Co. Pine Cone Bowl. Ca. 1907 - 1947. Sterling Silver.

Tiffany & Nest Egg Auctions

Tiffany and Company is synonymous with luxury and brilliance, which is why it came as no surprise when LVMH (Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton) purchased Tiffany & Company for $16.2 billion in 2019. This astronomical number, larger than the GDP of most countries, demonstrates the lasting power and appeal of the brand. This fact also translates into healthy prices at auction. Nest Egg Auctions, as a premier auction of American sterling silver and jewelry, has sold a great many pieces by the firm throughout our decades of business. What is more, we have a lasting appreciation for the design and philosophy of this illustrious brand. So, if you have one of those little blue boxes, or want to purchase one for yourself, look no further than Nest Egg Auctions.

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