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History of Tiffany

Happy Hockers - Monday, August 11, 2014
We are all familiar with the brand "Tiffany" but what is the history behind the name?, as we always have a large amount of Tiffany items in stock we did the homework for you! read on...

Founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young in New York City in 1837 as a "stationery and fancy goods emporium", the store initially sold a wide variety of stationery items, and operated as "Tiffany, Young and Ellis" in Lower Manhattan. The name was shortened to Tiffany & Company in 1853 when Charles Tiffany took control and established the firm's emphasis on jewellery.

When Charles Lewis Tiffany passed away in 1902 his son, Louis Comfort Tiffany started to create jewellery.Tiffany received approval to become a member of Tiffany & Co.’s Board of Directors, afterwards becoming vice-president and art director. This gave Tiffany the ability to make executive choices; without being under the shadow of his father any longer Tiffany was able to focus his creative energies on his jewellery.

Tiffany began to experiment with jewellery designs in 1902 at Tiffany Furnaces, with the intent of showing his pieces as part of Tiffany & Co.’s display at the St. Louis Exposition. It was the perfect venue for him to show his range of talent in a variety of media. All the jewellery Tiffany made during this time was stamped with “Louis C. Tiffany,” along with “Artist.”Unfortunately there are no surviving day books nor ledgers to help provide information on how Tiffany went about his jewellery prior to 1907, however his exhibit at the St. Louis Exposition provides some knowledge of his ventures.

Most of Tiffany’s work has a lot of pattern, and looks busy but his use of colour makes his work stand out from everyone else’s. He uses mostly different tones of greens, blues and yellows in his glass work and lamps.

Once Tiffany and Co.’s began to manufacture his jewellery, there was a marked evolution in his pieces. His earlier pieces went from being made in a “hand-wrought” looking manner, to a much more symmetrical and stylized fashion.There was a great variety of jewellery produced during the 26 years that Louis Tiffany’s enamelling and jewellery division was in operation at Tiffany & Co. It has been estimated that nearly 5,500 pieces were produced during that time, an impressive amount considering the detail and craftsmanship in each piece.

He produced the same high-quality artisan ship that was very much prized during the Arts and Crafts movement, and liked to use lots of pattern and colour in his work, and quite a lot of his work included animals, trees and flowers.

In the late 1980s, Tiffany & Co. ventured into the fragrance business. Tiffany for women was launched in 1987, a floral perfume for women by perfumer Francois Demachy. At $220 per ounce, "Tiffany" was successfully marketed by major department stores across the world.
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