Tiffany & Co. acquires an exceptional 80-carat diamond to reimagine its archival high jewelry necklace from 1939. It is the largest diamond ever offered by Tiffany and eclipsed only by the 128.54-carat Tiffany Diamond, which is famously not for sale. The diamond necklace will be unveiled during the momentous 2022 reopening of the transformed Tiffany Fifth Avenue flagship store. Nearly a century ago, the original necklace debuted at the World’s Fair in Queens, New York.
What better way to mark the opening of our transformed Tiffany flagship store in 2022 than to reimagine this incredible necklace from the 1939 World’s Fair, one of our most celebrated pieces when we opened our doors on 57th Street and Fifth Avenue for the first time. The new necklace perfectly reflects our brand heritage as a New York luxury jeweler, whose founder was known as the ‘King of Diamonds’. – Victoria Reynolds, Tiffany & Co. Chief Gemologist
The beautiful D-color internally flawless oval diamond surpasses 80 carats. This rare gem epitomizes Tiffany’s industry-first approach to diamond traceability. Responsibly sourced in Botswana, Africa, the 80-carat diamond will be set by Tiffany artisans in New York City.
The original necklace’s sizable aquamarine and exceptional diamond forms mesmerized the millions who came to admire the international spectacle. It was unveiled during the 1939 World’s Fair that promised a glimpse into “the World of Tomorrow.” The fair’s intention was to inspire, in its over 44 million visitors, the dream of a better future. Tiffany’s masterpiece set the stage for the opening of its iconic flagship store on 57th Street and Fifth Avenue the following year, in 1940.
Tiffany has acquired many rare and exceptional gemstones for its jewelry designs in its 183-year history, including the legendary Tiffany Diamond, one of the world’s largest and finest fancy yellow diamonds, as well as the Hooker Emerald, now exhibited at the Smithsonian and the Mazarin Diamonds, acquired by Tiffany at the auction of the French Crown Jewels.
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