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A Legacy of Discovery
Tiffany has a long-standing legacy of discovery and exploration fueled by Charles Lewis Tiffany’s passion for acquiring rare gemstones. He and his gemologists not only introduced the world to never-before-seen gemstones, but also played a major part in establishing Tiffany & Co. as a world-renowned jeweller.
A New Dawn
Prior to the mid-19th century, colored gemstones were seldom used in American jewellery. This changed in 1876 when gemologist Dr. George Frederick Kunz joined Tiffany and embarked on a lifelong quest for the world’s most extraordinary gemstones. In fact, Kunz played a critical role in discovering new specimens including his eponymous stone kunzite in 1902, as well as morganite in 1910.
A Colorful Legacy
Tiffany & Co.’s gemstone heritage remains as vibrant today as it did with our discovery of tanzanite and tsavorite. Introduced by Tiffany in 1968, tanzanite is known for its rich blue hue and named after its origin location: Tanzania, near Mount Kilimanjaro. Tsavorite was also named after its discovery site at the Kenya-Tanzania border near Tsavo National Park by Henry B. Platt, then President of Tiffany, in 1974.
Beauty, Unearthed
For centuries, rubies, emeralds and sapphires have been regarded as the most extraordinary gemstones and Tiffany’s collection is of renowned quality. Extremely rare and highly coveted, it is challenging to find a single gemstone that meets Tiffany’s standards, let alone a matching suite. Our master jewellers bring these stones to life using time-honored techniques and innovative design.
Collectors’ Gemstones
The Tiffany tradition of introducing exceptional stones continues to this day with our assortment of collectors’ gemstones. From cuprian elbaite tourmalines and padparadscha sapphires to vivid demantoid garnets and alexandrites, these stones exemplify a vast range of color, rarity and beauty that can only be found at Tiffany & Co.