Tiffany & Co’s Blue Book ‘Botanica’ collection comes up roses

Tiffany & Co draws on its heritage for delectable new jewellery collection

Tiffany & Co necklace with flowers made from precious gems
Tiffany & Co's Blue Book ‘Botanica’ jewellery collection
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The exquisite, artistic legacy of Tiffany & Co is once more to the fore with the unveiling of the third and final chapter of the house’s ‘Botanica: Blue Book’ collection for 2022. The ongoing Blue Book collection, a fantastical ode to the rarity and craft surrounding high jewellery, draws from Tiffany’s 185-year history to create collectible contemporary pieces, only accessible to a select few.

In continuing with the collection’s theme this year, which was inspired by floral references to symbolise the energy of rebirth as well as the transience of nature, ‘Botanica: Blue Book’ immortalises the forms of magnolias, wisterias and orchids in jewels, with each piece carrying deep technical and historical significance to boot.

Tiffany & Co high jewellery ring in diamonds

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The choices of floral varieties in this chapter were not made by coincidence. Wisteria was an iconic feature of Louis Comfort Tiffany's table lamps from the Art Nouveau period and has been reinterpreted by Tiffany jewellers through the use of hand-carved chalcedony, pear-shaped sapphires and diamonds that nestle amongst the petals.

'Wisteria is an homage to the archive Tiffany & Co flower that also honours Louis Comfort Tiffany's colourful, leaded glass creations,' says Victoria Wirth Reynolds, the house's chief gemologist and vice president. 'The hand-carved chalcedony petals have these beautiful translucent hues with an intentional gradation of colour.'

diamond and turquoise cuff

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Similarly, the magnolia flower has also been a recurring motif. From leaded glass windows to historic jewellery designs and the Magnolia vase, which was displayed at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago and is now housed at The Met, the flower is a mainstay in Tiffany's archive and is reimagined through the use of tsavorite and morganite – legacy gemstones that the house popularised.

Most exquisite of all may be the series of one-off creations inspired by the pieces of designer Jean Schlumberger, who was famed for his work at Tiffany & Co. From the ‘Bird on the Rock’ brooch to the intricate ‘Vigne’ and ‘Trellis’ suites, these stunning assemblages of impressive gemstones each showcase an otherworldly level of technicality and intricacy rarely seen.

High jewellery earrings with blue stones

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high jewellery necklace with blue stones

(Image credit: Tiffany & Co)

Pei-Ru Keh is a former US Editor at Wallpaper*. Born and raised in Singapore, she has been a New Yorker since 2013. Pei-Ru held various titles at Wallpaper* between 2007 and 2023. She reports on design, tech, art, architecture, fashion, beauty and lifestyle happenings in the United States, both in print and digitally. Pei-Ru took a key role in championing diversity and representation within Wallpaper's content pillars, actively seeking out stories that reflect a wide range of perspectives. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, and is currently learning how to drive.