Tiffany & Company

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Tiffany & Company

Tiffany, a name long synonymous with elegance and style, owes its lustre to the New York firm founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany which, since becoming Tiffany & Company in 1853, has provided the well-to-do with exquisitely crafted jewelry and home furnishings. Louis Comfort Tiffany, a brilliant and famous glass designer, founded Tiffany Studios in 1900 and succeeded his father as head of Tiffany & Company. Tiffany's place in America's popular imagination was given a boost by Truman Capote's 1958 novel Breakfast at Tiffany's and the 1961 film of the same title, in which Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly accepts from her admirer a Tiffany-engraved toy Crackerjack ring. No doubt the popularity of the girls' name Tiffany in the last decades of the twentieth century owes much to its associations with the beautiful creations of Tiffany & Company.

—Craig Bunch

Further Reading:

Loring, John. Tiffany's 150 Years. Garden City, New York, Doubleday& Company, 1987.

——. Tiffany's 20th Century: A Portrait of American Style. New York, H.N. Abrams, 1997.