Tiffany & Co., the most classic of engagement rings
Tiffany & Co. has become synonymous with engagement rings. If you are as into weddings as I am, you might already know that it was Charles Tiffany, one of the original founders of Tiffany & Co., who in 1886 invented the world’s most sought after engagement ring design: the Tiffany setting.
Let the diamond shine
The Tiffany setting was based on a very simple idea: remove unnecessary metal to show as much of the diamond’s surface as possible and with it, more shine. Instead of emerging the stone in metal, the Tiffany setting uses metal prongs to hold a single diamond securely on top of the band. Immensely successful, the term ‘Tiffany setting’ is now used throughout the jewellery industry to describe any such multi-pronged solitaire setting, regardless of the manufacturer.
The classic Tiffany setting is a round shaped, solitaire diamond set with a plain or diamond encrusted band. Tiffany & Co. also produces other beautiful designs, such as Grace, a princess cut diamond set on a band of sparkling stones, or Soleste, a centre stone (available in a variety of cuts) surrounded by one or two halos of bead set diamonds. But in my opinion, none of them matches the timeless design of the Tiffany setting.
High standards (and prices to match)
Tiffany & Co. prides itself in its maintenance of rigorous standards above the industry norms. In addition to the four Cs of diamond quality, the company also enforces its own guideline of precision, symmetry, and polish.
Naturally, the prices can be quite steep (ranging from 1,500 to over one million USD) but despite this, demand is strong. The company’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York (the very one idealised by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s) has sister stores in cities such as London, Rome, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo to name a few.
Don’t live close to any of them? No worries, nowadays you can get all the inspiration you need on the Tiffany & Co. website. But to be honest, I’m not quite sure whether that is a blessing or a curse!