“What I’ve found does the most good is just to get into a taxi and go to Tiffany’s. It calms me down right away, the quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there, not with those kind men in their nice suits, and that lovely smell of silver and alligator wallets.” -Holly Golightly, Breakfast At Tiffany’s
On this day in 1837, Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young opened a “stationery and fancy goods emporium” in New York City called Tiffany, Young and Ellis. In 1853, the store, now known as Tiffany & Co., began to focus less on stationery and more on high class jewelery.
Over the last 150 years, Tiffany has used its talents with jewels and silver for many unusual projects. Here are a few of them:
- During the Civil War, the company created swords, flagpoles and surgical instruments for the Union Army.
- In 1885, Tiffany helped redesign the Great Seal of the United States.
- In 1966, at a luncheon with NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle, Tiffany vice president Oscar Riedner designed the championship trophy for the first AFL-NFL World Championship Game. The sterling silver trophy, now known as the Vince Lobardi Trophy, is still awarded to the champion of the Super Bowl.
- In 2008, Tiffany and Japanese phone company SoftBank teamed up to create a super limited edition phone (only ten were made) that contained over 400 diamonds. Each phone was sold for more than 100,000,000 yen.
Today, raise the nicest glass you own to celebrate Tiffany’s 177th anniversary and sip on a luxurious Diamond Blue cocktail. It’s a classy blend of champagne, gin and liqueurs that is fittingly dusted with edible silver powder (if you’ve got it).
- 3/4 ounces Gin
- 3/4 ounces Crème de Violette
- 3/4 ounces Blue Curaçao
- 1 lemon wedge
- 3 ounces Champagne
Pour the gin, crème de violette and Curaçao into a mixing glass with ice. Squeeze the lemon wedge into the glass and discard. Stir and then strain into a chilled champagne flute. Now, top with the champagne and garnish with edible silver powder.
Tomorrow: Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me.