Tiffany & Co. Facts You May Not Know
The two men who brought Tiffany & Co. to life were Charles Lewis Tiffany and his friend John B. Young, who later became his brother-in-law. They started off with a small gift shop in New York City. In 1841, their store expanded and was named Tiffany, Young and Ellis. Of course, as we know, the store did not keep that name but changed it to Tiffany & Co. in the early 1850s. The company started to grow when they started building stores in places such as Paris in 1850 and London in 1868.
The "Blue Book"
The "blue book" is the name of their mail order catalog. It was first published in the year 1845 in the U.S. This was one of the first catalogs ever printed with color. You could get this catalog totally free up until 1972. The "blue book" is still around today and features all their rare and beautiful jewelry.
Tiffany & Co actually created and still creates many big named trophies for sports events. In 1860 they made their first trophy which was for horse racing. The first world championship was created by them in 1888, since 2002 they have created the world series trophy. In 1967, they had made the first ever super bowl trophy. They have also made trophies for the NASCAR sprint cup, the Polo championship, and many other big named events.
Tiffany's had made some of the biggest creations for America's biggest moments, dating all the way back to the Civil War when Tiffany's created ceremonial swords. If you think that's impressive, they have also redesigned the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1919.
The company has made many gifts for the First Ladies and dishes and pieces for the White House. Interestingly, that President Lincoln gave his wife a pearl necklace from Tiffany's on his day of inauguration on March 4, 1861.
Another big part of history that Tiffany's has taken part in is the remake of The Great Seal of the United States that is pictured on the dollar bill in the 1880s.
Their signature color may just look like a simple blue color but it is not just any ordinary blue. Tiffany's trademark color blue is a customized color they own known as "Tiffany blue" or "1837 blue" which was the year Tiffany's was first founded. This color was created by the company Pantone that makes customized colors. Since Tiffany and Co actually own this color you cannot find this exact shade anywhere else. After this color was used on the cover of the "blue book" it was used as their signature color still until this day.
Currently today there are more than 300 Tiffany stores combined and an estimate of 12,200 employees. There are around 64 stores currently in the United States and about 103 in other countries around the world. Their market value as of May 2016 that was listed on Forbes stands at about 9.2 billion dollars!
If you want to learn more about this iconic company. You can watch their documentary called Crazy About Tiffany's. The movie was released in February of 2016 and is all about the history of the company.