Known for the beauty of its diamonds and precious stones, Tiffany & Co. presents a series of prestigious jewelry creations each year with its Blue Book collection, showcasing the creativity, skills and expertise of its studio.
The collection brings diamonds, precious jewels, pearls and 18-karat yellow gold to necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings with designs inspired by specific themes. "We continuously push the boundaries of craftsmanship and innovation in every way. Every single year we're looking for different ways to produce pieces that are so technically complicated, they seem almost impossible, but this is where we make the impossible happen," says Melvyn Kirtley, Tiffany & Co. chief gemologist and vice president of high jewelry.
Each year, nature returns as a source of inspiration for the Blue Book collection. This year, in particular, the studio harnesses the unbridled beauty of a tropical island.
The creations are split into six distinct themes: "Whispers of the Rain Forest," about nature's constant agitation, "Miracle Berry," inspired by the magical powers of a berry, "The Falls," evoking the power of waterfalls, "Leaves of the Sun," nodding to regeneration, "Feathered Cloak," celebrating the flamboyant colors of exotic birds, and "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," inspired by the metamorphosis of flowers.
"The Art of the Wild" features exceptional jewels, including baguette- and round-cut diamonds, spessartites, rubellites, tsavorites, sapphires, black South Sea pearls and tourmalines.
Standout pieces include a ring featuring a 13-carat oval elbaite tourmaline, a platinum necklace with 200-baguette cut diamonds, round pavés diamonds, and more than 350 hand-sculpted 18k yellow gold leaves, and a pair of palm leaf earrings with tsavorites, yellow sapphires and black pearls.
The Tiffany & Co. Blue Book 2016 was entitled "The Art of Transformation" and the 2015 edition was themed "The Art of the Sea."