Every once in a while, there’s a moment from the contemporary jewelry world that catches my eye—and a few weeks ago, the appearance of a gorgeous Tiffany necklace did just that.
On September 12, Tiffany & Co. opened a new store in Japan. The actress Anya Taylor-Joy, a Tiffany brand ambassador, was present for the opening alongside the company’s CEO, Anthony Ledru.
Taylor-Joy wore a sculptural Del Core dress for the opening, mimicking the architectural lines featured in the step-and-repeat logo backdrop at the store opening.
She also, of course, was decked out in plenty of Tiffany jewelry, wearing diamond and pearl earrings, a diamond and pearl necklace with a blue gemstone accent, as well as bracelets and rings.
The five-stranded necklace was the piece that grabbed my attention. The jewel is a classic style, the kind found in nearly all royal jewelry boxes around the globe. But the alternating rows of diamonds and pearls give it a fresh new feeling, as does the starfish-shaped platinum and diamond accent, which has a two-carat blue spinel as its centerpiece. In press materials about the necklace, Tiffany & Co. shares that the piece features 54 total carats of cushion-cut and round brilliant diamonds, plus 230 exquisite Akoya pearls.
Here’s another look at all of Taylor-Joy’s Tiffany jewels for the event, including a ring with another blue gemstone. The necklace is the kind of new-but-classic piece that I like to see royals borrowing or even acquiring these days. Wouldn’t it look great on the Princess of Wales? (She doesn’t need it, of course—there are plenty of fabulous pearls to borrow from the Buckingham Palace vaults.)
She also posed alongside a giant version of the famous Bird on a Rock Brooch, designed for the firm by Jean Schlumberger in 1965. The brooches are still made by Tiffany today (and worn by numerous celebrities on red carpets). Schlumberger’s jewelry was witty, innovative, and even sometimes irreverent, but I certainly wish I could hear his opinion about the Bird on a Rock being used as a sort of logo piece for Tiffany & Co. now!