Iconic As The House Itself
It seems fitting that the jewellry design house Tiffany whose name is synonymous with ultimate luxury also happens to own the largest yellow diamond ever discovered. Unearthed for the first time in 1878 in South Africa and weighing in at 287.42 carats originally. The stone was then formed with the historical 'stellar brilliant cut'. A cushion cut with 24 more cuts than a traditional round brilliant to maximize the stones fire. A method of diamond cutting employed on other similar stones such as the Koh-I-Noor.
Soon after its discovery Charles Tiffany purchased the diamond. His gemologist, George Frederick Kunz, studied the gem for an entire year before attempting to cut it. Kunz added 32 additional cuts to the antique brilliant cut bringing the total to 90 facets. It would not be until well into the 20th century before there was ever a diamond fashioned into comparable scintillation. The subsequent loss after the cutting process was 158.88 carats making the stone its current weight of 128.54 carats. Kunz was 23 years old at the time.
It's All In The Details
The luxury retailer reset the famous diamond to commemorate their 175th Anniversary celebration. Over a year and dozens of concept submissions by their in house designers they unveil the legendary stone in its new setting. A elegant necklace of white diamonds totals over 100 carats and features 20 Lucida® diamonds and 58 brilliant-cut diamonds. The Diamond’s mounting, an openwork motif of sunrays, is designed with 481 sparkling stones.
The spectacular necklace showcasing the infamous diamond is now on permanent display in the brand's Fifth Avenue flagship store in New York City. Giving jewelry aficionados another reason besides 'breakfast' to visit the iconic store.