Since 1837, Tiffany & Co. has built its impeccable reputation largely on the strength of its bold, innovative designs. As Angelina Chen, Head of eCommerce for the Christie’s Jewellery Department, explains, the jeweller has remained at the design vanguard for generations by taking risks — notably, through its myriad collaborations with non-traditional jewellery designers like Pablo Picasso's youngest daughter, Paloma, textile scion Jean Schlumberger, and model Elsa Peretti. Below, Chen describes exemplary works from these three ingenious partnerships.
A Pair of Aquamarine, Diamond and Gold Ear Pendants, by Paloma Picasso, Tiffany & Co.
This pair of earrings is from one of Paloma Picasso’s more recent design collections but it remains true to her style — particularly because of its semi-precious colored stones. Picasso incorporates an abundance of complex color in much of her work; the sky blue aquamarines in this piece are great examples of stones of a lighter palette that still maintain a rich hue.
A Group of Enamel and Gold jewelry by Jean Schlumberger, Tiffany & Co.
Jean Schlumberger brought the art of Paillonné enamel back into popularity when this collection debuted in 1962. In fact, the bracelets were sometimes referred to as ‘Jackie’ bracelets, as America’s First Lady at the time, Jacqueline Kennedy (later Onassis), was so often photographed wearing them. Still sold in the stores today, this is one of Schlumberger’s more recognizable designs.
A Sterling Silver Bone Cuff Bracelet, by Elsa Peretti
This is one of Elsa Peretti’s most iconic and sensuous pieces, and is rendered in silver, as observed here, as well as in gold and other precious metals. The Bone cuff was a departure from typical bracelets when it was introduced in 1970, as it conformed anatomically to the human wrist. Elizabeth Taylor famously owned one, as did other modern women who were intrigued by the design.
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A Pair of Green Enamel and Gold Earrings by Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co.