The only diamond named after Tiffany, this is the finest fancy yellow diamond ever discovered. It is currently being shown as part of an exhibition titled A Brilliant Legacy, with other valuable pieces from the company’s archives.
Michael J. Kowalski, chairman and chief executive officer of Tiffany & Co., said, “The Tiffany Diamond is our greatest icon. Presenting this legendary gem in Beijing shows our commitment to China, an important strategic market in our development plan.”
At the gala inaugural event, actress Carina Lau wore the sparkling Tiffany Rhapsody necklace, with diamonds weighing about 30 carats, and a pendant adorned with a sparkling 20-carat vivid yellow diamond.
For the exhibition, composer Tan Dun, famous for his scores for the films Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero, composed an original score inspired by the purity and brilliance of the Tiffany Diamond. At the exhibition held in Beijing, he and his orchestra presented the score for the first time.
The 287-carat rough stone, discovered in the Kimberley diamond mines in South Africa in 1877, was purchased in 1878 by Charles Lewis Tiffany. It was cut into a cushion-shaped brilliant weighing 128.54 carats, with 82 facets, 24 more than the traditional 58-facet brilliant cut. The diamond featured in publicity photos for the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, worn by Audrey Hepburn, in 1961. For Tiffany’s 175th anniversary in 2012, the stone was reset in a necklace with over 100 carats of white diamonds.
The exhibition A Brilliant Legacy is in four sections, The Gilded Age, on the early history of the Tiffany brand; Inspired by Nature, featuring jewels inspired by the natural world; Art Deco, recently celebrated by the Great Gatsby Collection; and Tiffany’s New York Glamour, celebrating the brand’s deep links to the city of New York.
The show can be seen at Tiffany’s Beijing flagship store, Beijing China World.
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