Tiffany is one of the most recognized brands in the world, is a company born in the United States that is characterized by the sale of jewelry and silverware whose founder is Charles Lewis Tiffany and Teddy Young, company that was founded in New York City on September 14, 1837, as Stationary and Fancy Goods Emporium.
Where does Tiffany come from and what’s her great trajectory about?
The founder of this famous store was born on February 15, 1812, in a small town in the United States, which at that time the country didn’t have the denotation “of America”, in 1837 he moved to New York with his friend Young with a capital of one thousand American dollars (1.000$).
It opened its first small store at 259 Broadway Avenue, where, as mentioned in the previous paragraph, stationery and other items such as umbrellas and crockery were sold, this store starts as the establishment of very different merchandise to the buyer, without defining itself in a specific branch or public in the market.
The name of the store was changed in 1853 to Tiffany & CO when the founder Charles Tiffany took full control, and it was determined that the store’s main product would be jewelry.
The success of the store began in 1858, when a few souvenirs derived from a remaining material, similar to cable, were sold, whose fortune was not predicted and since then, the business began to be much more prosperous, compared to its first day where sales were equivalent to 4.98 U.S. dollars.
During the American Civil War, he was dedicated to selling swords and medals, positively increasing the company’s capital, versatility and adaptability were protagonists for this positive growth.
The Secession War took place between 1861 and 1865, in which it was fought between the forces of the northern state (known as the 20-state Union) and the Confederate States of America (CSA – 11-state Union).
At the end of the war, Tiffany & CO specialized in working with gold, silver and precious stones, resulting in the creation of a clientele that was characterized by being a millionaire and famous.
When its founder died on February 18, 1902, he left behind a $35 million business with worldwide recognition.
As the years went by the store became much more exclusive and by the year 1940 is established on a corner of Fifth Avenue New York City, since then is a flagship store, sharing this merit with another store located on 57th Street in Manhattan, who coincidentally is a neighbor of the Trump’s residence who is currently (the year 2017) the president of the United States.
The store already on 38th Street, listed on the National Register of Historic Places with a polished granite exterior and a small window that even filmed many movies, including Breakfast with Diamonds, which is the result of the novel by Truman Capote (American writer) Breakfast at Tiffany’s published in 1958.
Additional information and curiosities
Among the achievements of this company, the imposition of the 925/1000 silver standard in 1851 stands out, a great success, without a doubt, for those who decided to dedicate themselves to working with silver, determining a template to follow over time, which converted in one of the best legacies in the industry.
Another interesting topic about the store is the exclusive items for sale, such as the Tiffany Blue Box, which is 1906 caused an uproar when it was discovered that it could only be purchased if you buy an item in Tiffany.
In 1845, Tiffany’s store distributed its first catalog, which was sold by mail order in the United States.
The creation of the swords that were sold during the U.S. Civil War was intended to be used with symbolism, known as Ceremonial Swords for essential generals.
In the year 1878, the distinctive Diamond Tiffany is created, the same is derived from a yellow 287 carats diamond. However, this gem was not put on sale, and it became characteristic of the store.
In 1887, when Tiffany bought the jewels of the French crown, the public of the shop became anxious to acquire them and keep them among their belongings.
Between 1917 and 1942, the store produced medals for the army that represents the highest of honors, and is named The Tiffany Cross, even today is considered the most exclusive of honors.
In 1926, Tiffany, again, imposed a standard on metal, this time platinum, which defines a standard of purity (95%) and is used nationally.
Since 1967, the store has produced the NFL Super Bowl trophies, which are named after Vince Lombardi.
In 2007, the Tiffany Novo Diamond was presented in the cushion cut of its emblematic Tiffany Diamond.
By September 2017, Tiffany celebrates 180 years of foundation.
Since its foundation, Tiffany has always sought to be the avant-garde, and it’s not until they decide to work with pieces of jewelry that they start to find success right after many years of effort, is currently the most emblematic store in the jewelry market, through its passage in history, you can see symbolic moments where you can highlight the definition of standards, exclusivity, and places recognized by history, the world, and the filming industry.
With its almost 180 years, Tiffany is and will always be an example of innovation and versatility, demonstrating a great ability to adapt to the times and firm in its values, where the discovery is one of the highest benefits acquired over time, all with great effort and a share of risk.
Since the arrival of its founder (1837). Tiffany has experienced favorable changes with particular elements, that, starting from this, knew how to manage its marketing and commercialization, starting with its emblematic Tiffany Blue Box.
In Latin America you can find stores in Argentina (2006), Uruguay (2006), Brazil (2007), Mexico (2007), Ecuador (2013), Colombia (2015), Chile (2015), so there is no excuse to say that Tiffany has not reached these well-developed countries.