Tiffany's Gift of Coloured Gems

The jewellery house’s legacy is in adding vibrancy – not just to its fine pieces, but to the entire industry.

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The delicate, pale lilac hue of kunzite. The vibrant colours of morganite – pink in some lights, and violet or orange in others. The blue tanzanites that burn with a purple flame within. The intense, deep green of tsavorites. These exotic gemstones adorn fine jewellery pieces today – yet the world might not have known their beauty, if not for Tiffany.

The jewellery house’s founder Charles Lewis Tiffany had a fierce passion for distinctive excellence. And to find the most exclusive gems for Tiffany, their eminent gemologist Dr. George Frederick Kunz (1856–1932) traversed the globe.

The pale-pink kunzite found in California in 1902 was named in his honour and introduced by Tiffany the same year.

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Ten years later, Kunz ennobled what was previously known as pink beryl. Named morganite, the stone is named after banker JP Morgan, a loyal Tiffany patron.

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In 1967, Tiffany named and introduced the first transparent blue gemstone discovery in hundreds of years, discovered at the foothills of Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro: tanzanite.

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This is followed by the 1974 debut of a rare green garnet found in Tsavo National Park near the border of Kenya and Tanzania: the tsavorite.

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Known as Tiffany Legacy Gemstones, these four gems – alongside some extraordinary red rubies, emerald, sapphire and yellow diamonds – are celebrated in Tiffany’s latest jewellery exhibition: Vivid Dreams, The Extraordinary Colors of Tiffany. Showcasing at Tiffany’s flagship boutique at ION Orchard on April 8.

This story is brought to you by Tiffany & Co.

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