Tiffany & Co. reimagines an iconic 1939 piece with its new 80-carat diamond acquisition

Published January 14, 2021, 4:23 PM

by John Legaspi

Feast your eyes on this beauty

If there is one wearable art that transcends time, it is jewelry. An example of this is the jewelry Tiffany Diamond. Up to this day, we still clamor on that piece, which was worn by Audrey Hepburn in the classic film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. We even loved Lady Gaga‘s modern take on the same jewel during the 2019 Academy Awards. All that beauty, we owe it to Tiffany & Co.

Creating yet another one-of-a-kind piece, the American jeweler is taking inspiration from its archives for its latest acquisition, an 80-carat diamond. The D-colored oval jewel was responsibly sourced from Botswana, Africa. According to Elle US, the jewel is “expected to be the most expensive diamond ever offered by Tiffany & Co., eclipsed only by the 128.54-carat Tiffany Diamond, which is famously not for sale.”

World’s Fair necklace made of aquamarine and diamond

The stone will be crafted into a necklace by Tiffany artisans in New York City. Its design will be hailed from a piece that premiered at the 1939 World’s Fair, and is expected to be unveiled in 2022, after the two-year renovation of its iconic Fifth Avenue flagship store.

Tiffany & Co.’s new 80-carat diamond inspired by necklace from the 1939 World’s Fair

“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 gemologist. “The new necklace perfectly reflects our brand heritage as a New York luxury jeweler, whose founder was known as the ‘King of Diamonds.’”

Images from Tiffany & Co.