When Marilyn Monroe danced across movie screens and proclaimed “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend!”, it was one of the most iconic moments in cinema history. The song became a highlight not only for Marilyn’s career, but for many of the jeweler’s mentioned. They garnered mainstream attention --and with good reason. Finally, women had a counterpart to the oft-repeated “dog is man’s best friend." Who needs to play fetch when you could play dress up?
Laying claim to one of the largest diamonds ever discovered, the Tiffany Yellow Diamond, the company set the bar high for excellence in jewelry design early on. At 287.42 carats in the rough, 128.54 carats with 90 facets after it was cut, the massive rock has only been known to have been worn twice since its 1878 discovery in South Africa (one of those women was, of course, Audrey Hepburn while promoting Breakfast at Tiffany’s).
Ever since it opened in 1853, Tiffany & Co. has been a staple for stylish New York women. In 1940, it moved to its flagship location on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street in Manhattan. The store was made world famous in 1961 by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the film based on Truman Capote’s novel of the same name. The building became a symbol for young women: if you could shop at Tiffany’s, you had officially made it in New York City. Several other films and television shows with fiercely loyal fanbases have incorporated the flagship store into their storylines; from Sweet Home Alabama to Sex and the City and Gossip Girl. Recently, Tiffany’s reached out to fashion and style bloggers and hosted an event in their suite at the St. Regis. Attendees were given the full Tiffany’s experience, with designer manicures and goodie bags bestowed on them all while encased in a suite painted in the instantly recognizable Tiffany blue.
One of the reasons Tiffany’s has remained so beloved for so many years is because a Tiffany design truly stands the test of time. Whether it’s an heirloom passed down from generation to generation and covered in diamonds and rubies, or a silver heart toggle necklace given to you by your parents for your high school graduation (and made famous by Elle Woods in Legally Blonde), a piece from Tiffany’s, arriving in one of those exciting little blue boxes, never goes out of style.