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It be­gan as a mail or­der jew­ellery cat­a­logue in 1845, but Tif­fany & Co’s Blue Book col­lec­tion is to­day an an­nual tra­di­tion that’s ea­gerly awaited by the in­dus­try and jew­ellery afi­ciona­dos. With the ever-evolv­ing Blue Book col­lec­tion, the lux­ury jew­eller pushes the en­ve­lope in terms of gem­stone se­lec­tion, level of crafts­man­ship and in­no­va­tion of de­sign. “We’re al­ways mo­ti­vated to pro­duce some­thing new, chal­leng­ing, in­no­va­tive, unique and spe­cial,” says gem­mol­o­gist Melvyn Kirt­ley, vice-pres­i­dent of the high jew­ellery depart­ment. “It’s a lot of pres­sure to come up with some­thing in­cred­i­ble ev­ery year but we em­brace it.” This year’s Blue Book col­lec­tion is called Art of the Wild, and in its six themes it cap­tures the un­bri­dled beauty of na­ture—mer­ci­less on one hand, mag­i­cal and heal­ing on the other. “It’s such a rich source of in­spi­ra­tion that we were able to use gra­da­tion of colours and high­light the om­bre ef­fects of dif­fer­ent gem­stones,” Kirt­ley en­thuses. Twenty key gem­stones were used in the col­lec­tion, along with rubel­lite, di­a­monds, amethysts, tour­ma­line and sap­phires, set in gold and plat­inum.

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