Charles Tiffany is the founder of the greatest New York jewellery pioneer Tiffany & Co. Tiffany. At every moment in his life, he has never stopped accepting challenges and will be one of his gorgeous dreams achieve. His grandiose dreams and courage make him a veritable ‘Inventor of the New York Minute’, which represents the energy and innovative spirit of New York City. The Atlas Hercules giant clock that he set up outside the boutique in his early years now stands above the store’s entrance during Fifth Avenue.
His vision has been shown since his youth. In 1837, he opened his first boutique on Broadway with 1,000 dollars borrowed from his father. Although New York was still in the financial crisis at that time, Tiffany, 25, saw business opportunities-he bought the latest French accessories, bronzes from ancient India and Chinese ceramics from the captains of New York and Boston ports, and then Sell it to customers who are extremely interested in these beautiful objects. Within a few years, he successfully introduced important diamond jewellery to the US market for the first time, and began selling fine clocks and pocket watches. In the 1860s, he had become the most famous diamond dealer in the United States.
‘Good business comes from good design.’ He often drew this sentence and never stopped exploring good design. In 1858, the telegraph cable across the Atlantic needed to be replaced. He bought a 20-mile cable, cut it into 4-inch sections, and designed it with brass as a souvenir. He also designed paperweights, timepiece pendants, and canes. And umbrella handle. On the day when these products were officially launched, crowds inside and outside the store forced New York police to dispatch police officers to control the order on the scene.
Soon after, Mr. Tiffany set foot on the land of London and Paris, bringing jewellery from the royal family to the United States to meet the needs of the growing wealthy class in the United States. In 1887 he purchased one-third of French royal jewellery, and the enthusiasm of royal society for royal jewellery in New York reached its climax this year. On this long list of noble customers, there are many famous names, such as Ms. Joseph Pulitzer and New York Social Queen Caroline Astor, who bought the diamond brooch that Queen Eugenie once owned. In pursuit, Mr. Tiffany exhibited a number of beautiful jewellery designs at the Paris World Expo, won many gold awards, and thus became the royal jeweler of the European royal family.
When the 20th century arrived, Tiffany had become the world’s leading jeweller, not only with a booming business, but also with a world-renowned work. As a pioneer of the times, Mr. Tiffany funded the construction of the Statue of Liberty and many parks in New York City, and was one of the first trustees of the Metropolitan Museum and the American Museum of Natural History. Members of the Tiffany family are prominent figures in New York’s social circle. They danced at the legendary ball of the Astor family and staggered in Newport, Rhode Island.
Newspaper and magazine praises Charles Tiffany. Harper’s Weekly (1891) considers him an unparalleled entrepreneur and ‘to date the greatest leader in the jewelry and art world.’
Mr. Tiffany died at the age of 90 in 1902. The business was suspended for silence. The Financial Record rates him as one of the greatest public figures and distinguished celebrities of this era. ‘