Tiffany & Co. might hold intimate and eternal associations to New York City, but in the 21st century it’s become a revered global brand. Since 1837, Tiffany & Co. has become renowned for design excellence, jewelry innovation, and a very specific shade of blue. In fact, “Tiffany Blue” – a vibrant but serene shade the color of a robin’s egg – was developed by house founder Charles Lewis Tiffany for the cover of ‘Blue Book’, an annual collection of Tiffany & Co.’s most exquisite offerings. The first issue of ‘Blue Book’ was published as a mail catalogue in 1845. Since then, it has become a cornerstone of the Tiffany & Co. legacy.
For details on the Tiffany ‘Blue Book’ collections, we turn to the house’s Chief Gemologist, Melvyn Kirtley. “The Blue Book Collection uplifts the very best of what Tiffany has to offer,” he shared in an exclusive interview with Savoir Flair. “We continually draw inspiration from our design heritage that is rooted in naturalism and crafted a series of extraordinary brooches and bespoke vessels that pair together to create a unique story, showcasing our legacy of artistry and fine craftsmanship.”
Kirtley also underscored what makes Tiffany & Co. stand apart from the rest of the world’s luxury jewelry brands, saying, “Nobody has the assortment and range of gemstones than Tiffany & Co., from opals and imperial topaz to cuprian elbaites and padparadscha sapphires. The 2019 Blue Book Collection celebrates our gemstone, diamonds and expertise in crafting these unparalleled designs, where art and science magically come together.” These stunning and hard-to-find gemstones are then transformed into motifs like dragonflies, butterflies and flora, and they form the heart of the 2019 ‘Blue Book’ collection.
In the exclusive Savoir Flair photoshoot above – which took place in New York City – model-on-the-rise Alanna Arrington wears rare pieces from the 2019 ‘Blue Book’ collection. Shot by the talented Louis Christopher, these radiant pieces really shine in delicate lighting against a backdrop of neutral-toned clothes and accessories.
The topmost image shows a piece that Tiffany & Co. is particularly proud of – a dragonfly brooch. Kirtley enthused about the details of the piece, saying, “Cracked ice is a unique diamond cut that we developed last year and integrated into a new design with a dragonfly, whose wings are constructed from these diamonds and appears to take flight from an angular sterling silver envelope. It’s a nod to the everyday things that reflect the wit that Tiffany designs are known for.”
Photographer Louis Christopher Editor-in-Chief Haleh Nia Fashion and Beauty Director Grace Gordon Head of Creative Kris De Jesus Senior Producer Maria Popova Stylist Amarsana Gendunova Lighting Assistant David Cooke Makeup Artist Deanna Melluso Hair Stylist Takuya Sugawara Model Alanna Arrington