No stranger to legendary stones, Tiffany & Co. has acquired and sold numerous exceptional diamonds throughout the decades, but none have equalled this breath-taking gem in terms of size. Weighing a little over 80 carats, this oval shaped diamond is eclipsed only by the incomparable Tiffany Diamond, last seen sparkling alongside Lady Gaga on the 2019 Oscars red carpet, and famously not for sale.
Responsibly sourced in Botswana, Africa, it is a D-colour internally flawless stone—par for the course for any extraordinary Tiffany & Co. diamond, really—but more importantly, it is a glowing symbol of the jeweller’s industry-first approach to diamond traceability.
Just last year, Tiffany & Co. announced the launch of its Diamond Source Initiative where customers may trace the entire journey of any diamond 0.18 carats and larger. This allows us to discover not only the stone’s origin country and mine, but also where it’s cut, polished and set.
And with such an exceptional gem on hand, the jeweller intends to take the opportunity to reimagine history. Tiffany & Co. wants to offer the diamond as a new centre stone on an historical necklace from 1939. Then come 2022, it will unveil this glorious re-creation at the grand reopening of the Fifth Avenue flagship store.
“What better way to mark the opening of our transformed Tiffany flagship store in 2022 than to reimagine this incredible necklace from the 1939 World’s Fair, one of our most celebrated pieces when we opened our doors on 57th Street and Fifth Avenue for the first time,” said Victoria Reynolds, Tiffany & Co. chief gemmologist. “The new necklace perfectly reflects our brand heritage as a New York luxury jeweller, whose founder was known as the ‘King of Diamonds.’”
Expected to be Tiffany & Co.’s most expensive piece ever, the necklace formerly featured a sizeable emerald-cut aquamarine and was unveiled to the world at the 1939 World Fair in Queens, New York, which drew over 44 million visitors.
Through the years, Tiffany & Co. has acquired and sold numerous rare and remarkable gemstones including the aforementioned Tiffany Diamond, as well as the Hooker Emerald now exhibited at the Smithsonian, and the Mazarin Diamonds which are presently housed in the brand’s private collection.