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Red, White, and (Tiffany) Blue: Tiffany & Co. Earns Its Stripes

In April, Tiffany & Co. opened it’s first local boutique in downtown Salt Lake City’s new City Creek Center (much to the delight of many Utah dames). The reputable jewelry company is known for it’s super star diamonds, but it turns out Holly Golightly’s favorite breakfast spot peddles more than just envy-inducing engagement rings. Did you know that Tiffany & Co. has been the jeweler of choice for the U.S. Government since the founding of our country? We didn’t either, so we hit the history books and learned that Tiffany’s long-term relationship with America has included such honors as bejeweling the wives of Presidents, designing the White House china, and even engraving the invitation for the 1886 opening of the Statue of Liberty. (Who knew?!)

In honor of the Fourth of July, we’re saluting the red, white, and Tiffany blue with a look back at some of the company’s most patriotic contributions:

The Tiffany American Flag brooch replicates the 1776 American flag, with the original 13 colonies represented by 13 diamond and ruby stripes, and 13 diamond stars surrounded by sapphires.

The seed pearl necklace and brooch purchased by President Abraham Lincoln for his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, to wear to the Inaugural Ball in 1861.

Mary Todd Lincoln in her Inaugural gown and Tiffany pearls; photograph by Matthew Bra.

A Tiffany sterling silver bangle honoring the Centennial of U.S. independence, with 13 stars commemorating the original 13 colonies.

Tiffany & Co. designed and engraved the invitations for the opening of the Statue of Liberty in 1886.

Tiffany designed ceremonial swords for Civil War generals, including Ulysses S. Grant.

Franklin Roosevelt proposed to his wife, Eleanor (photographed on her wedding day), with a Tiffany engagement ring; photo circa 1905.

White House commissions include the 1968 china service for Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson. The design features more than 40 varieties of American wildflowers, with a graceful eagle motif adapted from a china pattern bought by President James Monroe in Paris circa 1817.

Wishing you all a happy July 4th holiday!

{Images courtesy Tiffany & Co.}