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Tiffany & Co are an American jewellery brand who have now expanded to international levels with boutique stores all over the world. In the UK they are few and far between, with only a handful dotted around the country in relatively expensive areas where 'the money is'. Their jewellery can often be seen on A list celebrities, particularly at events such as the BAFTA awards when they seem to wear it proudly. Their products are premium to say the least, with some of their rings costing over £1 million each, while others are slightly more affordable.
I stumbled across one of their stores in Westfield shopping centre, London. It was located in 'the village', surrounded by other designer shops which seem to be attracting a certain type of person. The store itself was much larger than I had anticipated, with relatively dark decor in terms of the carpet and walls, but lights shining on the jewellery for effect. On the door were two security guards who seemed to remain somewhat straight faced, but clearly doing their job well to protect the contents of the store. The jewellery was presented neatly in separate cabinets in a very organised fashion being grouped together often so it was fairly easy to locate a specific product. The staff were dressed very smartly in suits and they all appeared to be well spoken. When I looked at one of the jewellery cabinets, I was immediately approached by a friendly looking lady who asked me if I needed any help. After having a brief chat, I was surprised at the level of knowledge the lady seemed to have as she didn't even flinch when I quizzed her about some of the history behind the Tiffany & Co branding.
As it happens, she was an excellent sales person and I got sucked in to the whole idea and ended up purchasing a necklace for myself. At £185, it didn't burn a hole in my pocket like the majority of their other jewellery would have done, but it is a classy piece that I thought seemed worth the money and so was easily justifiable. I chose the classic Tiffany & Co heart style that says 'Please return to Tiffany & Co New York'. It is quite a chunky heart and it sits on a sterling silver chain, of which I purposely bought an extended one so it sat lower on my neck line. I didn't feel at all pressured by the staff to purchase anything but in the heat of the moment I felt as though I would have regretted it if I walked away empty handed! The packaging was possibly the best part. I walked away with two separate boxes, one with the chain inside and the other with the pendant. Both came in a classic light blue Tiffany & Co colour with a white bow wrapped around them - even the box looked expensive. Inside the box, I let out a little 'aww' when both the chain and the pendant sat in a little blue pouch with 'Tiffany & Co' printed on the front. I can definitely see why people get addicted to it...
I have had my necklace for a few months now and while I was a little worried at how delicate the sterling chain felt, it has lasted amazingly so far (touch wood) and I am forever getting compliments from friends when I wear it. A couple of times the pendant has looked a little dirty but I found out that it occurs due to perfume and similar products which mark it, but they can easily be removed with some silver cleaner to make it look pristine again! From the moment I stepped into the store it felt fresh and clean, relaxing and enjoyable - something I would definitely recommend to others. While I'm not sure when I'll be taking another trip there, I would without a doubt buy more of their jewellery as long as I can justify the price! I think their products are a lovely thing to own, whatever it might be. I think perhaps I might go for a charm bracelet next... But let's see how it goes ey?
I've long been of the belief that women judge the jewellery you give them purely on the box in which it's delivered - so when I started thinking about buying my girlfriend an engagement ring, I decided that there aren't very many boxes as impressive as the little blue box of Tiffancy & Co. The Hollywood feel of Tiffany and the premium branding are both things I thought my girlfriend would appreciate, so I decided it would have to be a Tiffany box I presented her with.
Having failed to get hold of a box on its own (I kid!), I stopped by Tiffany in Royal Exchange when I was in London for a business trip. The first thing you notice on entering the store is how pristine everything is - it's not super-modern and plush, but everything's exactly where it should be, brilliantly clean and exudes quality. Upon speaking to the staff, however, was when things started to get really impressive.
The gentleman who served me actually had a degree in gemology and consequently knew *a lot* about diamonds. He was also very well spoken, polite and professional. He spent a great deal of time patiently explaining to me the difference between all of the different rings, what I should be looking for and so on.
Actually quite early on in the process I came across "the one" - I don't know what it was about it, it just seemed to sparkle a little more than the others, it seemed in particularly good proportion and I could just see my girlfriend wearing it - so, after going through all of the other rings available (just to be sure) - I purchased.
The ring came beautifully wrapped. It was polished, then put inside a plain, dark ring box - very simple, but well made, with just "Tiffany & Co" written on the inside of the lid. That box was then placed inside the famous "little blue box" and the whole thing was tied in white ribbon - it looked pretty as a picture. I was a little disappointed, in fact, that I had to remove the ribbon and little blue box myself in order to present the ring in the traditional style. When it arrived a couple of weeks later, the certificate was also beautifully presented in a small wallet, all using really nice heavyweight paper and classy typeface.
I actually visited a different store (Westfield) a couple more times before the proposal - just to arrange for the ring to be resized - throughout all visits I had the same impression of a high quality, professional establishment.
Thankfully, the proposal went brilliantly and my fiancée absolutely loves her Tiffany engagement ring - so much so we've just been back to purchase the matching wedding band (which, this time, she got to see all wrapped up properly). Everywhere we go she gets compliments on the ring which is, I must admit, beautiful - even to the untrained eye it's a remarkably transparent and white looking diamond - and it really catches the light.
Overall, I've been incredibly impressed with Tiffany from start to finish - the quality of their brand is matched by the quality of the product and the staff. My only slight concern is - will other jewellery ever be good enough again?
Continuing on the New York reviews and a shop I had planned to visit sometime in the trip. Just to say I don't have a lot of money and also am not a huge Jewellery fiend. I had however picked out a Necklace that I was wanting from Tiffany's as a reminder of a great holiday that I had worked so hard for/my 30th Birthday/my 5th year wedding anniversary. It wasn't that expensive either especially when you think of the shop, and with tax on top it was $245, which was about £170. Yes, it's only a Necklace, but i'm sure I am worth it.
Located on the famous Fifth Avenue in Manhatten New York City. The Avenue is full of expensive shops such as Gucci, De beers, Prada, Louis Vuitton and the street is a mixture of employees with money to burn, and tourists looking to marvel at the richness of the area. There is also a Tiffany's down on Wall Street as well, no doubt for the rich to nip out on their lunch break and pick up that special something for that special something. The Fifth Avenue shop is located right on the corner of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue. Fifth Ave runs down the way and is really long, whereas the streets run across the way. Right next door is Trump Tower.
To be honest I nearly missed the building. There isn't a large glaring sign or that, and it is more an understated brick building with the writing etched into the stone. A few tourists were getting their pictures taken outside the shop, but it was time for me to head inside and locate the Necklace I had picked out. Until I came out of the shop I didn't know there was 2 entrances. The 1 on Fifth Ave is a large revolving door which a doorman guards and welcomes you inside. This takes you into the main atrium of the shop, which is larger than I think I thought it would be. The other door is a little side door on 57th street. I heard this is for perhaps the famous to park outside and try to slip in unnoticed. Would perhaps work as it is tucked away from the shop a bit.
This store is spread over 5 floors. Not sure what each floor represents, but I get the feeling that the most expensive goods are on the ground floor. I had a quick glance at some of the things down there and it seemed it was mostly Diamond items down there. Everthing is in glass cabinets, and on good display with good lighting. There is more staff than I thought there would be, and you didn't have to wait long to get served. There is also staff milling around the floor area as well, and I described the Necklace I was looking for and the assistant knew exactly the 1 I meant even though I didn't know the name of it. All I had to say was "The Silver Neckalce with the 2 Hoops joined together (and I done the international hand gesture of making hoop shapes with my fingers!)" and the women said " Go to the elevator and it's up on the 3rd floor". The elevator was nice and fancy enough and the man inside even pushes the button for you. You don't have to do anything.
Up on 3rd I just started to walk over to the glass cabinet in front of me when I caught an assistant's eye. It wasn't the usual way where they seem pushy and you don't get time to breathe when you enter a store and they are all over you. I felt like I was the 1 in control and he made it clear in a subtle listening way that he was there for help but without being forceful, if that makes sense. He knew the Necklace I meant and by luck it was in the cabinet near to where I was standing. He brought it out the cabinet and walked round to me to try it on me. It sat just right and I knew that I really wanted it. No prices are on show for the jewellery, and only tiny little Price tags on the chains. I knew how much it was anyway and just confirmed it with the man. He showed me my Necklace and asked if I would want it taken through the back to the polisher to get it all polished up, which there was no charge for, which I thought why not! So he rang the sale up and then nipped back to get it.
I knew all about the packaging of Tiffany's and was probably quite excited about the Turquoise bag as much as my lovely Necklace. No plastic bags or that in here. The Necklace was placed in a little sort of suede drawstring bag. I worried that the Chain would get tangled up, but the pendant part is on 1 side and there is a divider where the Chain drapes over it. No knots in the Chain when I took it out a while later anyway. This is placed on a cushion in a box, a large ribbon tied around the box. Only bit about the Rubbon is that it hides the Tiffany writing, but you should know it is Tiffany because of the colour of the box. Anyway the box is in a drawstring bag as well which has the lettering on the bag.
So how is my Necklace? Lovely. I would say it is heavier than I expected it to be and the Chain is a decent thickness and great quality as well. I wasn;t sure what to expect for that price in the shop and didn't think it would go that far, but it had got me a timeless piece of jewellery which i'm sure will last the test of time.
If you are visiting New York I would suggest even a little trip here, even if you aren't buying anything. no doubt you will be on Fifth at some point, it is a focal point and i'm sure they are just used to tourists browsing around anyway. They aren't snooty either about a dresscode, so take a look at the famous place.
For those of you who haven't heard of Tiffany & Co.... you have been missing out...!
I have only ever visited the shop both in New York and London. My most recent visit was at the Bond Street Store in London in December 2009 when my boyfriend bought me a silver ring from the Notes Collection. We visited the shop mid week as it can get busy at the weekends on the silver floor so be warned!
However once you find a free assistant they cannot be more helpful... they were more than happy for me to try on several ring styles and sizes and I did not feel rushed at all...in fact visiting the shop to purchase your item is all part of the experience for me which is why I've not yet purchased online..I've not experienced them looking down their nose at you (which is what I thought it would be like the first time I visited one of their stores).. They make you feel like you are the only customer in the shop...
The Bond Street store is on several floors and there are different types of jewellery on each floor... the engagement and wedding rings almost have a floor to themselves...!
This may sound a bit bizarre but if you ever visit the 5th Avenue store in New York visit the ladies toilets.... I don't think I've seen that much marble in such a small space! Again this store is set up similar to Bond Street with different floors but its just on a bigger scale... When I visited New York it was raining and they even provided you with umbrella shaped bags for you to put your brolly in as you walk around to stop it dripping..! Genius!
I am an avid fan of Tiffany and I do believe that every girl should own a piece of their jewellery (Audrey Hepburn has a lot to answer for!) and if you are going to buy a piece I'd recommend that you visit the shop as its all part of the experience...
There may be cheaper priced jewellery out there but...it's Tiffany!
Do you ever watch the TV and admire those stars walking the length of that red carpet boasting the most dazling, spectacular, eye catching pieces of jewellery, jewellery that most of us could only ever dream of. Well the likelyhood is that some of the pieces they are wearing are from one of the Tiffany collections.
Tiffany & Co has had a reputation as being a prestige jeweller for the wealthy, powerful and famous for over 150 years now, they are an American company which was founded back in 1837 by Charles Lewis Tiffany and Teddy Young, trading under the name "Tiffany & Young" they initially sold stationary items and luxury goods to those in the lower Manhattan area but some 16 years later in 1853 the company was renamed to what we all know it as today "Tiffany & Co" and found itself re locating to a more desirable location in New York and seeing its main selling emphasis changed to that of fine jewellery, although they are also renound for selling luxury goods too.
These include :
Fragrances and Accessories
and classic timepieces.
Since 1953 Tiffany & Co has seen stores open in major cities all over the world, although their flagship store and most famous one of all is located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street in Manhattan, New York City. A store which I aspire to visit one day.
Personally I feel that that as well as those stars on the red carpet a contributing factor to the popularity of Tiffany jewellery can also be assosiated with films such as the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffanys with Audrey Hepburn or Legally Blonde where Reece Witherspoon donned that " Return to Tiffany" necklace which saw many young girls desiring to own one of their own, it certainly helped in making the Return to Tiffany collection one of Tiffanys most recognisable collections in the world today.
Tiffany boasts many unique, exciting and exclusive collections.
Designers including Elsa Peretti, the Italian jewellery designer.
Frank Gehry the American Sculptor and Architect.
Jean Schlumberger the French jewellery designer
and fashion designer Palomo Picasso have all been hired to design and create jewellery exclusive to Tiffany & Co.
Whether the piece be Gold, Silver, Platinum or prescious stone you will find designs ranging from the most elegant through to the extravagant, you will find pieces which promote romance, love, style and luxury, each design unique and stamped with the Tiffany name.
Now one of the main reasons for writing this review is that one of my penchants in life is Tiffany jewellery, I am very lucky enough to admitt that I own several different pieces which I treasure.
Before you assume, I am not some high maintenance girl or spoiled child, that could not be any further from the truth but I will admitt that I like some of the finer things in life and Tiffany jewellery is one of them. I also have an extremely generous fiance who fuels this passion too by treating me on occasion to pieces of jewellery as gifts.
My most cherished and treasured item of all of my pieces is my Platinum, Lucida Diamond Engagement ring that my fiancé presented me 2years ago when he proposed to me. He had hired out a private pod on the London eye and as the sun set across London he got down on one knee presenting me with that little Tiffany blue box with its delicate hand tied white ribbon. I cannot explain that feeling you get when you see that little box, it truly is a magical feeling. I had only ever dreamed of a Tiffany Diamond but now I'm lucky enough to actually say I have one, now all I need to do is sort out the Tiffany wedding band.
I have had experiences and purchased from a selection of the Tiffany stores in both London and the USA. These include:
Bond Street, London
The Royal Exchange, London
The Bellagio Boutique, Las Vegas, USA
Sloane Square, London
Mall at Millenia, Orlando, USA and each store experience is unique and special in their own way.
When ever you walk into a Tiffany store you can't help to be impressed and amazed by the most stunning pieces of jewellery on display, the amazing array of diamonds and prescious stones. These are very classy stores but not to the extent where you feel that the staff are looking down at you because your not dressed up to the nines or because you dont fit in to the upper class bracket, in my experience the assistants have always been very polite and helpful, I have never been made to feel uncomfortable or made to feel that I dont fit in or souldnt be there, the fact is most stores I have popped into are usually full of tourists just browsing the spectacular collections where I have always been there to purchase items.
All of the items are beautifully presented, layed out in see through glass cabinets which can be removed by the assistants and examined for further expection if you desire.
When you decide on a piece want to purchase a brand new piece is bought to you from out the back and the assistant will place it onto a black velvet display cushion for you to examine and confirm that you would like to purchase. The assistants will then clean the piece before placing it into a Tiffany blue suede pouch, this pouch is then placed into a stylish Tiffany blue box which is then finished off with a handtied bow made from a delicate white ribbon and wrapped to perfection. This is then placed into that desired Tiffany Blue bag, the bag which always makes me feel like a million dollars as I walk out of their stores with it in my hand.
Tiffany & Co do have an online site where you can view and purchase their vast selection of products, It can give you an idea of the products which they sell and the prices you can expect to pay but I very much prefer going to the stores themselves, I feel that the actual going to the stores and the whole Tiffany experience is what makes purchasing a piece of tiffany jewellery that much more of a magical experience .
From reading some reviews I have noticed that some have had a negative experiences with Tiffanys customer service but to be truthful this couldnt be any further from the truth in my experience. I have had two occasions where Tiffany have been nothing but helpful and the service I recieved was exceptional.
Two years ago my fiance and I went to Las Vegas, Whilst out there I noticed that the pendant of one of my Tiffany necklaces kept falling off for no reason. This really worried me as I didnt want to loose the pendant for centimental reasons so my Fiance suggested that we popped into the store within the Bellagio Hotel to see if they would take a look at it, see if there was a reason to why the pendant kept falling off and what we should do about it.
A really friendly assistant took us into one of the private rooms to the back of the store in order to examine the piece of jewellery further, he agreed that the clasp which attaches the pendant to the chain was in fact faulty and loose and this is why the pendant kept falling off.
Realising that we were British tourists he asked us how much longer we would be in the Las Vegas area for (we still had another 13 days of our holiday left) he then asked if we would like him to send it off to be repaired and that it would be ready to be collected in five days time. The fact that my fiance had purchased this in London and we had no proof of purchase was not an issue for him, the fact that it was a piece of Tiffany jewellery which had a fault was enough for the assistant to help us like he did.
True to his word five days later my necklace was ready for collection, not only was it fixed free of charge but they had even given the chain and pendant a thorough clean and polish, it looked like brand new.
Ive also had a similar experience in their store at the Royal Exchange in London, As I said earlier I was very lucky to be presented with a gorgeous Tiffany Engagement ring by my fiance two years back. Now as hard as he had tried unfortunately the ring size was a little too big and with fear that it might fall off or I might loose it we took it back to the Tiffany Store at The Royal Exchange to ask if it could be re sized.
This was not a problem at all, the assistant who in fact had been the lady who had helped my fiance the few weeks before to chose the right ring took my correct measurement and had it sent off to be re sized.
She was such a lovely assistant, as soon as I went into the store with my fiance she automatically remembered him on first name terms and came up to me to congratulate us on our engagement, asking lots of questions. It certainly makes the experience feel that more personal. Within a week the ring had been re sized to the correct size, cleaned and polished and it was back on my finger and the fear of losing it gone.
Ive also experienced the same great customer service every time that I have taken pieces of my jewellery in to their stores to have them sent off to be cleaned and polished.
Nothing seems to be an issue with Tiffany and Co, the staff always seem to be willing to go that little bit further to help you but then when you consider the quality, clientel and the amount of money which some of their products cost are you really supprised and would you expect anything less.
The fact is that Tiffany and Co is a prestidge Jeweller which provides people with high quality jewellery but this can come at a cost.
Lastly I would like say to those who may have the concept that owning a piece of Tiffany jewellery is a distant dream, the truth is collections range from the affordable to the opulent, accessories can be purchased at as little as £75.00 and Tiffany jewellery pieces can be purchased from as little as £100.00 and although these pieces may be at the bottom end of the Tifrany range ( I would dread to think the most expensive ) the jewellery is still of the highest sandard and quality that you would expect and want from Tiffany & Co.
Tiffany & Co, a great prestige jeweller
I adore Tiffany & Co jewellery and have found the process of buying in their shops in both Bond Street and in Selfridges, as well as online, brilliant.
I think that as well as being beautiful, the jewellery is of a high quality (just feel the weight of it!!).
The only issue I have ever had is that it seems to tarnish more easily than other jewellery I have had. However, when I went into the shop to ask them about this they told me to use either a silver dip or a silver cloth which would remove the tarnished parts. They even gave me a Tiffany silver cloth which would usually cost £10 so I certainly could not complain about this service! I have always found the staff very helpful and polite, despite the shop always being extremely busy.
I have ordered off of the website before and found the service to be excellent. My items have been shipped to me quickly, and they have arrived in fantastic condition. Could not recommend Tiffany highly enough, they are brilliant and jewellery for all sorts of budgets as well!
This was my first venture into the world of Tiffany and certainly will be my last.
I purchased a necklace from Tiffany.com on 17th December, their website asuring me delivery by Christmas. Christmas day, still no necklace. Today, 30th December, having not received my item, I called them.
Apparently, my item had been delivered to the wrong address, they'd been contacted, the item returned, it had been processed and was awaiting reshipping and should reach me sometime next week, in the beginning of 2010 (a little late for a Christmas present!) When I suggested they should send it by next day delivery SUDDENLY, it's already been dispatched!
I then get a call two hours later telling me it hadn't been dispatched but that the item I bought was delivered to the wrong address, returned, reshelved and sold to someone else and now they are out of stock.
With such blatant disregard for me as a customer I personally would rather spend any money elsewhere.
A few years ago a tiffany bracelet was all the rage. If you were even more classy you had the necklace too! I saved up lots of money to buy myself one, trust me, it took ages. I didn't know much about the brand itself so I started researching the best place to buy one from.
The tiffany website was incredibly classy and was easy to navigate around. The website had the full range and prices on, which meant I knew all my options. The website told me they had a branch in London and one in new York. I was going to new York soon so I decided to save the money and buy it there as a double treat and a souvenier to remember.
Finally the time came to go to new York and we tracked down the tiffany shop. It was such an experience. The lift had a person in it which called out which floor you were on and told you what they sell on that floor. We came to the silver section and tracked down the bracelet I wanted. The lady who served me was so lovely and helpful. They treated you like royalty which is very important when you are spending that much money. They wrapped the bracelet beautifully.
I have cherised the bracelet ever since. The quality has been superb. I'm really pleased with my tiffany experience and would do it again.
Growing up my family loved their gold jewelery, for my 12th birthday was tough! I was given gold earrings that must ha cost silly money, for my 18th a gold bangle with a diamond again expensive. I loved all the gifts and thought behind them however I am not a person who wears gold.
When it got to my 21st I asked for a Return to Tiffany heart pendant on a ball chain as I saw it on a trip to USA in Rodeo drive branch of Tiffany. Now the parents were adamant I should have something gold not silver but when it arrived they could not believe how beautifully presented it was and the timeless pieces you could get. Each item comes in a icon blue Tiffany pouch and box, with a white ribbon and the customary blue bag.
Now since buying that one necklace which only £125 which was 4 years ago, I am sent without fail the new catalogue by every few months. I have since bought a square silver band ring and looking to purchase a cuff. The website has encourage my browsing!
Tiffany is affordable with the cheapest item around £75 Of course the people with more money can splash out a few thousand or even million on a one off piece.
Each piece of Tiffany is unique and stamped with the 925 silver certification as well as Tiffany's name.
The customer service is excellent. I had a reaction to my ring due to a hand cream I was using had harsh chemicals that damaged the silver. Tiffany's told me to send it to Oxford street store where it was cleaned for free and restored to its original state again for free.
If you are looking to buy for a girlfriend or wife Tiffany is the place especially for the ultimate gift.. the Tiffany engagement ring!!
Oh my gosh, how I love the world of Tiffany's! This is an upscale jewellery store full of every little girl's dreams. It is the epitome of shopping. I have loved Tiffany's from as long as I can remember and a visit to the store is an experience to treasure and remember always. I first visited the Old Bond Street store in London. It was the first store I ever went in where the door was opened for you by a rather serious, yet polite, gentleman. Despite the pricey items they sell, I never feel awkward in the store. I feel welcomed as a customer (even when I'm only browsing).
My first purchase from here was my platinum wedding band-simple and classic, what Tiffany is famous for. I was bursting with excitement trying it on (the sales staff are very lovely and ask the appropriate questions) and I think I was even more excited when they started wrapping the ring in those perfect blue boxes with the crisp white satin bow, popped into an equally gorgeous blue bag. It is the perfect gift-that little blue box.
A few weeks ago, I returned to the Old Bond Street store to purchase a gift voucher for my sisters' 18th. Just so you know, they only do gift vouchers in denominations of £50. I had to go up to the third floor, and felt dizzy whilst climbing the spiral staircase. Again, out came the little blue box and bag.
Every time I buy something from Tiffany's (it's a rare occasion), I feel wonderful walking out the store, bag in hand. It's something I feel every girl should experience at least once in their life. Despite its grand outlook, prices can start from around £70-80 for a silver necklace, so it's attainable luxury.
There is something about shopping in Tiffany that is special- I have been to four branches - the instore branch in Harrods, Sloane Square*, New York and Bond Street*. Now at this point I suspect you re thinking- money bags- rich b..... but you couldn't be further from the truth.
I have no clue as to how much the most expensive items in the store are - suffice to say I do know that there are far too many noughts for my budget. Even if I won the lottery I don't think I could spend at that level.
What I can tell you is enter and investigate the larger branches* - and you will be able to buy something of quality within your budget for a special present - special not because of the price but because the blue Tiffany box tied with white ribbon- looks sooooooo good. The quality has always been superb.
My present purchases have been a Tiffany box containing two packs of cards. mugs, a beer tankard. A money box, a pen, a drinking glass and on three occasions necklaces. Also as a work colleague gift a carafe and water glass set. The prices ranged from £10 to £80.
The service is first rate and I have never felt I was being treated any differently because I was not a big spender.
One of the lovely times I remember was when my two aunts came to London on a coach trip from Yorkhire- I met up with them and presented them with individual Tiffany bags each containing a white ribboned Tiffany Box.
They told me when they got home that they loved their new mugs- but would never forget the looks and comments they got on the journey back to the North, Tiffany Bags on their laps.
So don't be too quick to rule it as "out of my league"
It's not easy going through life with your first name being "Tiffany".
Whenever i'm introduced to someone it usually goes something like this;
" Hi, nice to meet you, I'm Joe".
"Hi Joe, nice to meet you too, i'm Tiffany."
At this time, Joe is smirking. He may or may not realize his face is showing a smirk, but it's definatly a smirk.
"Tiffany, eh? Like "BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY's the movie huh?"
If I had a penny for everytime someone said this too me, I'd have at least 200.00. You know that's an idea, maybe I should make everyone give me a penny when they say this statement?
"Yeahhhh....I guess it's like that. Only, you can't have breakfast at me".....
I can't help but drip with sarcasam at this point. It gets annoying how often my name gets the "jokey-joke" treatment. They of course mean the movie. While I can appreciate the movie and Audrey Hepburn. It's aggravating to think you've been named after a movie.
If they aren't saying,
"Oh like, Breakfast at Tiffany's" they'll say......
"Your name is Tiffany? Ha, like that singer "Tiffany" from the 80's?" (Then they start busting out singing " I think i'm alone now". ) Generally when someone says this. I say nothing and simply walk away.
Or on the rare good occasion, a few will actually say....
"Your name is Tiffany? Just like the jewelry store right?". This is usually said with an interested and non-smirking face to which i'm always grateful. I always respond with.
"YES! Just like the Jewlery store!" , I say with a broad smile. I instantly now like this person. Oh, if everyone could think i've been named after a high class, first rate, gorgeous jewelry store......
***** Tiffany and Co......without all the history mumbo jumbo.... *****
I'm not going to tell you detailed historically sound info about this company. If you are interested in it's background, simply look it up via Google or on Wikipedia. It does have an interesting beginning, and has worked hard throughout the years to make a name for itself.
I think the aura that surrounds Tiffany and Co, is what's missing in most reviews or opinions about it. Not much is usually mentioned on the way society views it, and why women are so drawn to it.
The stigma attached to Tiffany's, is rare indeed. With the exception of places like The Ritz, or companies like Ferrari and Rolex, etc.. , not many can match the lavish style of Tiffany's.
I remember the first time I'd ever been inside a Tiffany & Co store in New York City. I was 18 and incredibly independant. I was also very.....non-conformist. =)......I had become a Vegitarian, only shopped at Second-hand stores, and listened to punk and new age music. To say Tiffany's style and my own were diametrically opposed is very close to the truth. Still, I was on vacation, and I at least wanted to see the store that shared my own name.
In an effort to fit in somewhat, I wore my most normal outfit. A vintage dress from the 50's that was blue and white polka dotted. It wasn't exactly Audrey Hepburn'esque. It was more Sandra Dee maybe? I'm a Short, Curvy, and Blonde. There is no way I could pull of Audrey Hepburn even if I tried. I went in with my boyfriend at the time, who was very nerdy beatnik and loved turtleneck sweaters and cords.
We didn't really stand out, but we didn't really fit in either. The store was flooded with tourists. People were told not to take pictures and the loud obnoxious ones were given the evil eye by the stores employees and soon left feeling uncomfortable. It was as if the store was a holy place or a library. I personally felt like I was in a museum and treated it as such....facinated, and intrigued.
As my boyfriend and I looked through the immaculate cases, a couple next to us were wedding ring shopping. The man looked almost pained as his bride-to-be was trying on rings he probably couldn't afford but would still be forced to purchase. Another women nearby in her 40's/50's/60's (she had so much plastic surgury it was hard to tell), was drinking a glass of champange and trying on necklaces. It was obvious she was a spoiled egocentric.
It felt wrong to leave the store without buying anything, but we did. Come on....I was 18 ,my boyfriend was 20 and we were poor college students. NYC was being done on a budget and did NOT include any Tiffany & Co purchases. We had 2 more days still of sightseeing and I had about $200.00 given to me from my grandmother as spending money. I could buy some super nice new shoes, or tons of cheap souvenirs, but...I really didn't. Instead, I purchased a few keychains for friends, a scarf for my grandmother , and tee-shirts for my parents. They all totaled around $50.00. I had $150.00 left.
While Dave (boyfriend), was still in bed at our friends Apartment in the city....I snuck out and went back to.....Tiffany's.
I guess I was brainwashed by it. There is no other excuse for it. I had to buy something from there. Was it just to tell people " I've bought something from Tiffany's?".....No.......Did I do it because I saw something I couldn't live without?.....No......I just did it cause I felt impelled to.
This is the aura Tiffany & Co has over you. To say it's brainwashing really is apropos. Now I understood why women wanted a Tiffany's engagement ring. Now I knew why Truman Capote wrote Audrey Hepburn's Character eating outside of it while looking longingly inside. Have you ever met a person that your just drawn too? You can't put your finger on why your drawn to them, you just are. This is the same feeling, Tiffany's has.
I think if I lived in NYC, or near a Tiffany & Co, all of my jewelry money would be spent there. What am I saying, it'd be more than just my "jewelry money", it'd be any spare shopping money I had. I don't even know what i'm saying either because I rarely ever shop for jewelry. I have two rings I wear all the time that are silver, a long black and brown big bead necklace I wear with almost everything and a Pearl set my father got for me......oh and everything i've bought at Tiffany's since that first day I set food on it's hallowed ground. =)
I have three Tiffany's necklaces, one ring, two pairs of earrings, four keychains, and one anklet. Total all of these have cost me a whopping $1000.00....(it'd be more than that if my parents and boyfriends didn't buy half of these for me.)
What's ironic is that if you knew me and my style, you'd never in a million years assume I would ever buy or wear something from Tiffany & Co.....I may not be that 18 yr old hippie non-conformist anymore.....but I still have some eccentricities. I'm outdoorsy and natural hardly wearing any makeup unless it's on a night out. That doesn't mean though, that I don't like to have a little bit of surrounding upscale class.
When I wear my jewelry from Tiffany's, I feel classy. There's no other way to put it. They can transform anything.....from jeans and a tank top to a simple black dress. Probably the greatest thing of all......wearing Tiffany's....gives you confidence.
Not the kind of "oh look at me look at me!" selfish and haughty kind(although, i'm sure it gives some people that). But, the kind where you walk with better posture, and could care less if your at a party in a room full of people you don't know.
If you want a confidence boost.....go to Tiffany & Co and just buy SOMETHING. It can be anything. A Keychain, a bracelet, anklet, a necklace...doesn't matter, just buy one. If your on a budget you can still afford something. You can buy one of their keychains for around 75 pounds. Their least expensive of necklaces run around 100 pounds. Even if you don't have 100 pounds to spare right now, you can save that up in a few months if you cut out that clothes or shoe shopping you spontaneously do.
If this credit crunch is depressing you or you haven't been having a good 2009 so far...maybe it's time you gave yourself a little treat?
***** The Blue Boxes *****
Ok dont' laugh but I painted my bedroom Tiffany Blue.......your laughing right now aren't you? Alright maybe that was a little ridiculous on my part, but it IS a very pretty blue color. Plus, it matches my Tiffany Boxes. I've taken several of my smaller boxes and have put them in a metal shadow box frame set right behind my bed. The rest of my room is full of Black, Silver, and White items with a few splashes of Tan and Neutral colors. I love it.
Whenever someone sees my flat, they never expect my bedroom. The rest of my flat is done very....Earnest Heminway Antique. I have an old comfy brown leather couch and chair with a vintage ship trunk as my coffee table and other trunks scattered throughout. ( I love old trunks). My bathroom is full of old bottles filled with soaps and shampoos and I have vintage metal tins on shelves that hold all my tolietries. It doesn't really fit my Tiffany & Co bedroom.
These boxes though are fun to decorate with. Plus, they're indicative of they brand itself. Classy yet not in your face, Feminine but not frou frou. The marketing crew of Tiffany's back when they created the signature color and box design.....were geninuses. They realistically , should have lived out their lives in relative luxury for creating such an iconic keepsake.
You can buy these boxes on Ebay for an outragous amount, but, why do that? Do like I mentioned above and buy something from Tiffany & Co, and then you can get a box of your very own.
***** Wrapping Up *****
A friend of mine told me that my bedroom is a bit egocentric since my name is Tiffany, and I decided to decorate it in the "Tiffany & Co" style. Well, maybe subconciously , it is. I have no idea, i've never been ultra egomanicial so that doesn't make much sense to me, but who knows, I could secretely be incredibly full of myself.
But .....I know that if Tiffany's was called "Rebecca & Co" or "Heather & Co" ....I'd still love it just as much. The only saving grace ABOUT my name, is that this company is associated with it. Other than that, I really don't like my name. If my friends and family wouldn't make fun of me until the day I died...I'd change it to something else.
This store has a majestic quality about it that hovers over everything it touches. I know the world is changing, and companies we've known as a child, are starting to fall apart (Woolworths, etc..). Yet, I think a great injustice would be done, if Tiffany's ever shut it's doors. There is nothing else to replace it. In a perfect world, every woman would have at least once piece of jewlery from Tiffany's.
If I could afford to be a Philantropist, I would do just that. Do you hear that Bill Gates? Maybe instead of building your One BILLION + mansion, you could have used that money to buy every woman in the world something from Tiffany's. I'm sure the company would have given you a discount. =)
Tiffany & Co is like every girls dream, beautiful and stunning jewellery lined up around the walls and you really dont know where to start! My love affair with Tiffancy & Co started on my 16th birthday with my 1st ever trip to Harrods where I was allowed to pick out an item (reasonably priiced!) for my birthday present - I picked the stunning Picaso Open Heart Necklace and felll in love with this store. From 16 to 21 years old I receieved another piece of Tiffany jewellery at every birthday, christmas and even Valentines (thanks to a cracking boyfriend) and slowly my collection grew. The final piece I purchased was in the creme de la creme of places - Tiffany & Co on 5th Avenue, New York City! Wow what a place and after months and months of saving and overtime at work I treated myself to a Tiffany Diamond ring on my 21st birthday.
My love affair with Tiffany will never end - its glamorous, trendy and best of all will not cost you so much you have to sell your kidneys/liver just to get yourself a piece. Prices start at approx £75 and can range into the scary ££££££££ but even the simplest of necklaces at Tiffany & Co make you feel like a Princess!
Being a Lover of all things that sparkle and shine.I will remember my first trip to Tiffanys forever!
I visited the Tiffanys shop in old bond street london.
Tiffanys really does have something for everyone, Diamonds Platinum Gold and Silver , The most beautiful Jewellery i have ever seen.Although most of it is hugely expensive, I just love to look at all those sparkling jewels and dream!
I purchased a really lovely sterling silver bracelet from the "return to tiffanys range"It is beautifully crafted and suprisingly heavy.
All Items come in a blue tiffany box with a white ribbon tied in a bow (yes Just like in the Movies!) My bracelet was also put in a little pouch made of suede like material that acts as protection and doubles as cleaning cloth,Which is great because it shines everytime you take it out of the bag.
Happiness really does come in little blue boxes (well for me it does anyway!)
When the film Legally Blonde was released i loved the film and whats more i loved the silver Return to Tiffany Jewellery that Reece Witherspoon wore in it. With that famous little blue box and white ribbon you know exactly what your getting.
When i got my first full time job i was paid weekly and the first investment that i made was the Tiffanny sterling silver bracelet, which i love and have not taken it off in 7 years.
Each item is carefuly packed in a pouch and then into a famous blue box, then tied with a white ribbon and then in the famous Tiffany and Co bag.
Tiffany and Co is a great prestidge Jewellers, although there are a limited number of branches in the United Kingdom, this is a brand that is known throughout the world. If you are looking to buy a piece of Tiffany and Co America offers a better saving for the jewellery compared to the United Kingdom.
Tiffany and Co are stockist of Sterling Silver, Platinum, Gold and White Gold, it is great as a lot of the jewellery they make is made in the different materials so you are spoilt for choice, along with diamonds, other precious stones or the chioice of keeping it plain simple.
They sell a wide range of products from rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, broaches, watches, money clips, christening presents, cuff links, keyrings and tablewear.
They also make various matching collections from return to tiffany, elsa peretti, signature, paloma picsso and many more.
The branch that i normal visit is on New Bond Street and it is great you have great customer service and have a personal assistant assisting you whilst trying it on and making the purchase, which is something you do not get in a normal high street jewellers. I love to have a look around the other levels of the building at the weddings rings, diamonds and the platinum section just to have a look at the great collections and dream that maybe one day i may own an item like that.
The only downfall in my opinion is that the store is alway manic in the sterling silver section and it is hard to get to look at the jewellery whilst someone else is trying it on at the counter, i think it would be better if they had a section where you can try on the jewellery so not to block the view of others.
Tiffany and Co jewellery is very expensive, but i have learnt over the years you get quality over quantity, the sterling silver jewellery that i have is great it looks as good as new even though i have been wearing it for years. It is definatel well worth the investment in my opinion.
If you cannot manage to get up to one of the shops you can shop online and have the item sent to you at home which is great. They also offer an engraving service to have that special gift engraved.