Love is an elusive element but Tiffany & Co. is the singular jeweller that has captured its intangibility in a physical form when founder Charles Lewis Tiffany created the Tiffany Setting in 1886.
Prior to this innovation, diamond rings were secured in a bezel setting that obscured most of the gem's brilliance. The Tiffany Setting changed the industry irrevocably with its six platinum-pronged design that nestled the diamond atop the band, letting light reflect upon the entirety of the faceted stone for a dazzling brilliance. Since the dawn of this magnificent ring, Tiffany has paved the way as pioneers, transforming what began initially as a trend into a lasting tradition.
From the start to the finished product, Tiffany spins a love story by beginning with a carefully selected stone that has undergone rigourous grading so as to craft the most flawless solitaire worthy of embodying love. Hand cut and polished, the round Tiffany diamonds are an unassailable testament to the legacy of the brand. A master stone-setter then meticulously constructs the prongs to the correct height, weight and angle so that the setting is specially customised to fit around the diamond for which it was intended, revealing the precious gem's natural splendour. Each ring is thus a unique piece, evident of the dedication put into it by Tiffany's expert artisans.
Synonymous with the most romantic of proposals and undying declarations of love, these constituent parts tie into the heritage of the Tiffany Setting ring, a reigning influence that has brought together generations of couples. Now at 130 years old, the world's most renowned engagement ring — accompanied by its signature Tiffany blue box — continues to create cherished memories as the corporeal manifestation of eternal affection.
Explore the history and making of the Tiffany Setting here.