As part of Tiffany’s 175 years of design excellence, the brand’s iconic 128.54 carat diamond will arrive in Dubai this month after anniversary events in Tokyo before heading back to New York where Tiffany was founded in 1837. From 13 December until 9 January, the legendary Tiffany Diamond will be on view at the brand’s flagship store at The Dubai Mall and will be supported by a variety of exquisite archival jewellery collections which have helped define the brand for the last 175 years.
The mesmerising necklace designed for the Tiffany Diamond was created according to the brand’s longstanding craftsmanship and tradition. Tiffany’s jewellery designers submitted innovative ideas and concepts for the new setting with the result emulating the brand’s generations of expert craftspeople which came before them. Skilled artisans meticulously hand-cut and set each diamond in the modern, fluid design that rests lightly on the neckline and which radiates light and energy with each movement. Over a year in the making, the elegant necklace of white diamonds totals over 120 carats and features 20 Lucida® diamonds and 58 brilliant-cut diamonds. The Diamond’s mounting, an openwork motif of sunrays, is designed with 481 sparkling stones.
The Diamond was discovered in the Kimberley diamond mines in South Africa in 1877 with the 287.42-carat rough stone then acquired the following year by Founder Charles Lewis Tiffany. It solidified Mr. Tiffany’s reputation as the “King of Diamonds” and made his enterprise the world’s diamond authority. The rough stone was then brought to Paris, where Tiffany’s chief gemologist, Dr. George Frederick Kunz, supervised the cutting of the diamond into a cushion-shape brilliant weighing 128.54 carats with an unprecedented 82 facets—24 more facets than the traditional 58-facet brilliant cut. The stone is just over an inch wide and seven-eighths of an inch from top to bottom. It is cut to enhance its radiant colour rather than size and sparkles as if lit by an inner flame.
Tiffany’s flagship store is located at The Dubai Mall, Tel: +971 43398350.