Tiffany & Co., the “Bird on a Rock” Brooch
Creator: Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co.
Metal: 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, and Platinum
Stone: Diamond, White Diamond, and Tourmaline
Stone Cut: Cushion Cut
Weight: 54.02 CT
Dimensions: Length: 2.5" (63.5 mm)
Place of Origin: United States
Period: 20th Century
Date of Manufacture: 20th Century
TIFFANY & CO. BIRD ON THE ROCK BROOCH
An iconic example of Jean Schlumberger’s charming designs for Tiffany & Co., the “bird on a rock” brooch features a 2.68-carat diamond-encrusted cockatoo perched on a dazzling 54.02-carat tourmaline “rock.” The bird brooch is one of the firm’s most legendary designs, showcasing Schlumberger's whimsical aesthetic. The moment Schlumberger unveiled this piece to fellow Tiffany designers was actually documented by famous fashion journalist Eugenia Sheppard in a 1965 article for the New York Herald Tribune. Sheppard recounted, "When he sat down and pressed open the lid of the blue velvet box...everybody smiled.” The design was so captivating and delightful that an additional “bird" brooch, set with the iconic yellow Tiffany diamond, graces the cover of Tiffany’s 20th Century book.
Jean Schlumberger's celebrated work for Tiffany and Co. enthralled collectors and attracted notable clients such as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and the Duchess of Windsor. This tourmaline brooch is a coveted archival piece for collectors of fine jewelry. Set in 18K yellow gold and platinum.
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