Town & Country (Philippines) - - CONTENTS / JUNE - STELLENE VOLANDES

Tif­fany & Co de­buts a rare gem.

Ial­ways like to point out, to those who don’t know the bold streaks in Tif­fany & Co.’s 180-year history, a few note­wor­thy events. There was the time Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschen­berg did the Fifth Av­enue win­dows, the ta­ble set­ting cre­ated by Andy Warhol, the way Elsa Peretti rev­o­lu­tion­ized sil­ver bracelets, and the fact that the com­pany has named some of the rarest stones in the gem uni­verse, in­clud­ing kun­zite, mor­gan­ite, and tan­zan­ite. This view of the brand’s past can be ob­scured when you’re shop­ping for a grad­u­a­tion pen or Sweet 16 charm, but there is al­ways the Blue Book to bring that legacy into fo­cus. The col­lec­tion of one-of-akind pieces has been shown an­nu­ally since 1845. This year it in­cludes this pen­dant, which bears the rare Melo Melo pearl. To track down one of these is a feat. To have two of this size and qual­ity is, well, a mir­a­cle on 57th Street. Rus­tan’s Makati, 813.3739.

thE MOD­ErN the tif­fany Blue Book col­lec­tion Melo pen­dant is strung on a flex­i­ble wo­ven plat­inum cord. thE EX­cEED­INgLy rArE Melo Melo pearls are nat­u­ral, not cul­tured. Ones with this flame­like pat­tern are es­pe­cially prized. thE cU­rAtED the neck­lace was de­signed in plat­inum and di­a­monds to al­low the Melo Melo pearls’ or­ange hue to shine. tIf­fANy & cO. melo pen­dant. the one-of-akind neck­lace WaS re­vealed in neW york city in april.

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