The past, present and future converges in Vision & Virtuosity, which celebrates 180 years of artistry and exceptional diamonds at Tiffany & Co. On show at Fosun Foundation Shanghai in China from Sept 23 to Nov 10, it celebrates the New York jeweller’s masterpieces and tells its history, brand codes and plans for the future.
Tiffany & Co chief artistic officer Reed Krakoff says the exhibition will “honour the past and shows how beauty and masterful craftsmanship are timeless and always relevant”. Drawing inspiration from the many incredible objects in its archives, “we are constantly finding ways to reinvent and reinterpret them for our designs today”.
Installations at Fosun, arranged according to six chapters, among them Tiffany Love, will contextualise and document brand milestones such as the design of its first modern engagement ring and the Tiffany Setting — a six-pronged solitaire setting that highlights more of the diamond’s surface and with it, more shine.
Blue is the Colour of Dreams features the robin’s- egg Tiffany Blue and other coloured gemstones. The Tiffany Blue Book showcases the collection’s defining pieces and the company’s original 1845 Blue Book, the US’ first mail order catalogue.
The World of Tiffany underscores its influence on television, literature, music and film — the last immortalised by Audrey Hepburn posing for publicity stills for Breakfast at Tiffany’s wearing the 128.54-carat Tiffany Diamond. The final chapter, Diamonds: Miracles of Nature, records the brand’s authority on those gems, from the Gilded Age and Art Deco periods to contemporary designs.
This article first appeared on July 29, 2019 in The Edge Malaysia.