Breakfast At Tiffany’s and Diamonds 101

Few things could persuade me to get out of bed before daylight and drive through a blizzard on a cold October morning. Here is one: breakfast at Tiffany & Co.

Yesterday, a handful of other Calgary bloggers and I were treated to an intimate breakfast at the Chinook Centre store in celebration of Tiffany’s 175th anniversary. Over crepes and diamonds (literally!), we learned about Tiffany & Co. and the history of their storied diamonds. We even got try on all the sparkle we wanted. I fell in love with this $80,00-plus beauty and kept it on until the security guard started shadowing me.

That looks good, don’t you think? According to Tiffany’s experts, yellow gold is making a strong come back, which makes me very happy. (See why here.)

Now, some cool facts about Tiffany & Co.:

(*) They first opened in September, 1837, in lower Manhattan as a “stationery and fancy goods store.” Founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young, their first day sales totaled $4.98.

(*) From early on, they made their reputation by specializing in high quality diamonds. By 1848, the New York City newspapers called Mr. Tiffany “The King of Diamonds.”

(*) In 1877, the company purchased one of the world’s largest yellow diamonds — a 287-carat diamond, which was later cut to 128.54 carat and is now the iconic Tiffany diamond. It’s still in the NY store if you want to have a look. Only two women in the world have ever worn it: Audrey Hepburn, who wore it in photographs for the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and a Mrs. Sheldon Whitehouse who wore it at a 1957 Tiffany Ball in Newport, R.I. The diamond was reset into a necklace this year for the 175th anniversary.

(*) The same year that they purchased the Tiffany diamond, Tiffany & Co. bought the French Crown Jewels. And around the same time, Charles Tiffany introduced the famous six-pronged Tiffany diamond engagement setting — the world’s first modern engagement ring. It remains the most popular engagement ring setting in the world.

(*) Tiffany & Co. maintains the strictest guidelines in the industry for grading diamonds, routinely rejecting a huge percentage of those it considers. Every setting is custom made to fit a particular stone—no stone is ever “cut to fit.”

(*) To celebrate its anniversary, Tiffany introduced a new RUBEDO metal this year. It’s the first time the company created a new jeweler’s metal. Made from a secret combination of metals, RUBEDO is coloured like a gold but surprisingly lightweight. (I’m in love with this cuff!)

(*) My dad will be happy that I learned this fact: The hardest natural substance found in the world, diamonds get their name from the Greek word “adamas,” meaning “unbreakable.” (It’s important to know the Greek roots in every English word. Right, Dad?)

That’s it! Thanks for the invite, Tiffany & Co.!

~Chris

 

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