Tiffany & Company
Collected by a major museum
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Since 1837, Tiffany & Company has been synonymous with taste and integrity. Originally founded as a luxury goods emporium in Lower Manhattan, the now-multinational jewelry and silverware corporation began as a store that sold stationery and fancy items at nonnegotiable prices—a revolutionary act of that time. In 1853, the company began to emphasize its jewelry, and by the 1860s would be the jeweler from whom Abraham Lincoln purchased pearls for his wife to wear to the Inaugural Ball. Tiffany & Co. has produced ceremonial swords for the Civil War, designs for the Congressional Medal of Honor, and a redesign for the Great Seal of the United States, which can still be seen on the dollar bill. In the celebrated 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany's, Audrey Hepburn’s socialite protagonist personifies the brand, claiming their store is “the best place in the world.”

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