The recently acquired 85-carat Empire Diamond / ©Saatchi Gallery
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The exhibition is split into seven chapters, each of which delves into the key themes that have been central to Tiffany & Co’s identity since its founding in New York City in 1837. Among the stunning creations on display are Paloma Picasso’s colorful 1985 necklace made with 15 different gems, Jean Schlumberger’s 1965 Bird on a Rock Brooch featuring a 65-carat blue stone, and a Bone Cuff designed by Elsa Peretti.
The pièce de résistance, however, is undoubtedly the astonishing 128.4-carat Tiffany Diamond (dating back to 1829) mounted on a glittering gold and platinum necklace, worn by Audrey Hepburn herself, as well as Lady Gaga and Beyonce.
During the immersive exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to wear the iconic necklace (albeit a digital version using AR technology), try on a selection of engagement rings and write love notes onscreen which then float around the walls.
Paloma Picasso’s colorful 1985 necklace made with 15 different gems / ©Saatchi Gallery
The original script for Breakfast at Tiffany’s / ©Saatchi Gallery
“Vision & Virtuosity tells the extraordinary story of one of the oldest luxury jewelers, through its nearly 200-year history of pioneering creativity, legendary craftsmanship, and sourcing of the world’s most extraordinary diamonds and gemstones,” said president and chief executive officer at Tiffany & Co.
“This exhibition perfectly captures our long-standing heritage in bridging tradition and modernity. We are thrilled to share the world of Tiffany & Co and our unique high jewelry style with London.”
Alexandre Arnaut, executive vice president for product and communications, adds: “Since its inception, Tiffany & Co has held a unique position within culture. Vision & Virtuosity celebrates the House’s most defining moments, showcases the incredible collection of archives and exemplifies why Tiffany & Co is such an iconic brand.”
The 128.54-carat Tiffany Diamond mounted on a gold and platinum necklace / ©Saatchi Gallery
The Tiffany & Co ‘Vision & Virtuosity’ Exhibition will run from June 10 – August 19 at the Saatchi Gallery. Tickets are free.
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