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Tiffany & Co
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Tiffany & Co
Date: 20/04/10, updated on 07/05/10 (506 review reads)
Advantages: High standard and quality jewellery and gifts
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
Summary: Tiffany & Co, a great prestige jeweler