Tiffany & Co.

The name Tiffany is now synonymous with luxury around the globe, but the company was born from slightly more humble beginnings. In 1837, 25-year-old Charles Lewis Tiffany and his friend John Young opened a stationary and fancy goods store in New York City on Broadway. Catering to fashionable men and women, they purveyed a new “American style” more inspired by the natural world rather than the ceremonial patterns and ornamented Victorian opulence of earlier decades. In 1853, Charles Tiffany took control of the company and renamed it Tiffany & Co. By then, he had already introduced their signature, and now iconic, robin’s egg blue color.

Tiffany’s silver studio, headed by celebrated silversmith Edward C. Moore, was the first American school of design. Moore compiled an enormous collection of sketches and artwork, encouraging apprentices both to study them as well as to observe and sketch the natural world. Under his guidance, the studio developed their own design identity and became famous for elegant, Japonesque-style silver and glittering gemstone and diamond jewelry. Tiffany & Co. became the first American company to adopt the British silver standard of using only 92% pure metal, and he achieved international acclaim at the 1867 Paris World’s Fair where he was awarded the Grand Prix for silver craftsmanship; it was the first time an American design firm had been honored so by a foreign jury.

By 1870, Tiffany & Co. had become the premier silversmith in America and leading purveyor of jewels and timepieces. Tiffany purchased crown jewels from France and Spain, revolutionized the engagement ring with solitaire prong-set stones, and by the end of the century would be known as the “King of Diamonds”—a fitting title for someone who was appointed Royal Jeweler to the crowned heads of Europe, the Ottoman Emperor, and the Czar of Russia. The firm won numerous awards at international exhibitions, employed more than one thousand people, and had established branches in London, Geneva, and Paris prior to Tiffany’s death in 1902. His son, Louis Comfort Tiffany (founder of Tiffany Studios), then took the helm and became design director.

Already a leading designer and artist in the Art Nouveau and Arts & Crafts movements, the younger Tiffany stewarded the company to even greater heights. They successfully navigated changing styles, adjusting to the Art Deco aesthetic through the 1920s and 30s and, after L.C. Tiffany’s death in 1933, the more streamlined, modernized designs of the 1940s and 50s. Their success and notoriety only continued to grow throughout the 20th century as they continued to hire visionary designers such as Jean Schlumberger Paloma Picasso, and Elsa Peretti, and garnered diverse and important commissions, from the Congressional Medal of Honor to the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the National Football League, which they have created since the first Super Bowl in 1967.

Throughout its history, America’s elite politicians, families, socialites, and actors have all frequented Tiffany & Co.: Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, the Vanderbilts, Astors, Whitneys and Havemeyers, Elizabeth Taylor, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, to name but a few. With their global presence and steadfast dedication to excellence of quality and craftsmanship, Tiffany & Co. continues to be one of the foremost creators of silver, jewelry, and vertu in the world today.

Upcoming Lots Tiffany & Co.

Auction Results Tiffany & Co.

TIFFANY & CO., Diamond and ruby ring | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

Diamond and ruby ring

estimate: $12,000–15,000
result: $12,500
ELSA PERETTI FOR TIFFANY & CO., Suite of 'Diamonds by the Yard' jewelry | ragoarts.com

Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.

Suite of 'Diamonds by the Yard' jewelry

estimate: $12,000–15,000
result: $12,500
TIFFANY & CO., Diamond and gold ‘Vannerie’ necklace | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

Diamond and gold ‘Vannerie’ necklace

estimate: $8,000–12,000
result: $11,250
TIFFANY & CO., Multicolored sapphire and diamond bracelet | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

Multicolored sapphire and diamond bracelet

estimate: $8,000–12,000
result: $11,250
CHARLES GROSJEAN FOR TIFFANY & CO., Chrysanthemum flatware service | ragoarts.com

Charles Grosjean for Tiffany & Co.

Chrysanthemum flatware service

estimate: $8,000–12,000
result: $10,625
TIFFANY & CO., marine-themed tankard | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

marine-themed tankard

estimate: $8,000–10,000
result: $10,000
TIFFANY & CO., Diamond and aquamarine 'Crochet Lace' necklace | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

Diamond and aquamarine 'Crochet Lace' necklace

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $10,000
TIFFANY & CO., Sapphire and diamond bracelet | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

Sapphire and diamond bracelet

estimate: $3,500–4,500
result: $10,000
TIFFANY & CO., Emerald and diamond ring | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

Emerald and diamond ring

estimate: $8,000–12,000
result: $8,750
PALOMA PICASSO FOR TIFFANY & CO., Gold collar necklace | ragoarts.com

Paloma Picasso for Tiffany & Co.

Gold collar necklace

estimate: $8,000–12,000
result: $8,125
ELSA PERETTI FOR TIFFANY & CO., Gold 'Mesh Scarf' necklace | ragoarts.com

Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.

Gold 'Mesh Scarf' necklace

estimate: $5,000–6,000
result: $8,125
TIFFANY & CO., seven-piece tea and coffee service with tray | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

seven-piece tea and coffee service with tray

estimate: $5,000–8,000
result: $7,800
TIFFANY & CO., cup | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

cup

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $7,500
TIFFANY & CO., Patek Philippe antique pocket watch with diamond and gold case | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

Patek Philippe antique pocket watch with diamond and gold case

estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $7,500
TIFFANY & CO., Fox head bracelet | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

Fox head bracelet

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $7,500
TIFFANY & CO., Ruby, diamond, and gold bracelet | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

Ruby, diamond, and gold bracelet

estimate: $6,000–7,000
result: $7,150
TIFFANY & CO., Diamond and gold bangle bracelet | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

Diamond and gold bangle bracelet

estimate: $4,000–5,000
result: $6,875
FRANK GEHRY FOR TIFFANY & CO., Diamond and gold 'Leaves' earrings with ring | ragoarts.com

Frank Gehry for Tiffany & Co.

Diamond and gold 'Leaves' earrings with ring

estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $6,875
ELSA PERETTI FOR TIFFANY & CO., 'Sevillana' diamond and platinum necklace | ragoarts.com

Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.

'Sevillana' diamond and platinum necklace

estimate: $5,000–6,000
result: $6,250
ELSA PERETTI FOR TIFFANY & CO., Diamond and gold bean ear clips | ragoarts.com

Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.

Diamond and gold bean ear clips

estimate: $5,500–6,500
result: $6,080
TIFFANY & CO., Gold ‘Atlas’ necklace | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

Gold ‘Atlas’ necklace

estimate: $6,000–8,000
result: $5,938
TIFFANY & CO., ‘T’ pink gold and diamond bracelet | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

‘T’ pink gold and diamond bracelet

estimate: $3,500–4,000
result: $5,000
TIFFANY & CO., Clinton flatware service | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

Clinton flatware service

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $5,000
TIFFANY & CO., Comedy and tragedy mask brooches | ragoarts.com

Tiffany & Co.

Comedy and tragedy mask brooches

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $4,688