This a personal homage to all Tiffany’s women designers and designers who celebrate femininity through splendid, breathtaking creations. To a company who celebrates self-empowerment, and to all our mothers and grandmothers who teach their daughters confidence and substance… Hats off!
As far as I remember, my grandmother has always been the epitome of style. I remember her Chanel scent before going out in the morning, her satin dresses in the evening, her kohled eyes, the sound of her heels when she came back from dinners, her boudoir full of clutches, lipsticks, body lotions… And, of course, her wood boxes filled with all kinds of jewels. For someone who owned so much jewelry, it always surprised me how she would always wear the same set for months (generally a necklace with a gold bracelet)—whether if it’s to go shopping in the afternoon, or for more glamorous outings. I was fascinated.
As I grow older, I finally came to the conclusion fine jewelry is deeply meaningful for women in my family, whether it was a family heirloom, a strong statement that reflects their personal history and/or investments from themselves to themselves. I also realized it’s not even about the price tag, but there is something more substantial attached to the items; the way these ladies would carry themselves, their elegant manners, the eloquence of their speech … and the way they would subconsciously caress it. There was a certain power attached to it—that certain je-ne-sais-quoi that lifts any boring outfit into something that is proper to their character. I remember the long afternoons at my grandmother’s jeweler – where she would spend hours editing a piece – adding more stones, crafting some pendant. She would be meticulous, and that would drive the poor old man crazy.
And as I grow older, I realized I adopted the same jewelry standards. I rather own fewer items that are super fine than own a lot of pieces that are ”cheap”. I rather wear one the four Tiffany’s gold chains that I own, repeatedly for months and will never get bored if it. More than investments, it’s something that becomes part of your identity: How I would save for it, choose it, pick it and the best part is – how I know it would stay forever in my very own wood box.Which is probably why I have a certain obsession with Tiffany’s key designers, like Paloma Picasso or Francesca Amfitheatrof, who have a strong simplicity in their aesthetics, but so relative to their ideology or personal stories, that I can’t help but be reminded of my grandmother’s own quintessential pieces. I guess from all the things these women have in common, it’s the confidence I would want to teach my daughter. Just like I was taught by her Great-grandmother. The epitome of style.
Photo: Josée Lecompte