Tiffany & Co. was founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany in New York in 1837. The store was originally called Tiffany, Young & Ellis, but changed its name to Tiffany & Company in the early 1850s when it expanded to locations in Paris and London. The company truly became a design icon during the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods of the early 20th century, when they began selling their famous diamond and platinum solitaire engagement rings. Tiffany is also famous for the lock and key motif, which is featured on bracelets, pendants, earrings, and pins.
Many celebrities and fashion icons have purchased iconic Tiffany jewelry, including Jacqueline Kennedy, Greta Garbo and Elizabeth Taylor. One of the most famous Tiffany jewelry designs was the iconic “Bird on a Rock” – a brooch in which a diamond and gold bird perches on an enormous 128.54 carat yellow diamond.