City dwellers worldwide with some exposure to Valentine’s Day will find the Tiffany & Co. link bracelet (with the Return to Tiffany heart charm) a familiar sight. The bracelet has been in the brand’s portfolio for nearly 130 years and even today, most ladies will have been gifted one or more of them in their lives. Whether you’re 16 or 60, the Return to Tiffany heart tag charm bracelet still makes a style statement. But the brand’s expanded considerably on its product portfolio over the years, so if you want to avoid a clichéd gift choice this Valentine’s Day, here are a few things we found in the shop that we think will definitely impress.
1. The Tiffany T square bracelet
The Return to Tiffany charm radiates youthful appeal but the Tiffany T bracelet, with its strong minimalist style and functional elegance, will definitely make an impression on her. Anyone who’s a fan of Jil Sander, Raf Simons’ Dior and Hermès in the world of fashion will definitely approve of the T’s clean lines. The bracelet echoes the strong city woman in style.
2. East West Mini in steel case
We’re fond of Tiffany & Co.’s East West series of watches, perhaps because Singapore has been regarded in history as the island where East and West meet. The special design of the rectangular watch, which turns the dial on the side, harks back to the booming ’20s designed for drivers who’d wear the watch on their left or right wrist and keep the hand at ten and two o’clock respectively, on the wheel. It’s history in a watch, with a double tour leather strap for a modern update.
3. Tiffany Victoria earrings
If you’re out to splurge, we’d recommend the Victoria earrings that are set with marquise diamonds and range from 0.19 carats to 1.62 for different sizes. Inspired by the four-petal flower, which is a traditional symbol for joy, the marquise cut gemstones add a vintage appeal with a modern design setting. For understated brilliance, go for the mini size in platinum; if you’re gunning for best partner of the century, there’s a full bracelet option.
4. Tiffany & Co. Key
In our local context, getting a key means something slightly different from the typical Valentine’s Day gift (more like the start of a long mortgage, usually). But aside from the romantic symbolism, Tiffany & Co.’s Key collection revived over the discovery of actual keys from its archives, presumably from its earliest days when it was a stationery store and retailer of fine general goods. That sentiment of longevity will surely impress her more than a public housing application form.
5. Paloma Picasso Graffiti series
The youngest daughter of the famed artist, whose magnum opus Guernica is considered to be one of the most powerful artistic comments in history on the devastation war brings, has been designing jewellery for Tiffany & Co. since 1980. Her style is more freeform and inventive, often a play on traditional symbols such as the arrow. Like her father, she prefers to let the consumer decide what her designs really mean. It’s up to you to tell her.
Main image by Thomas Lohr for Tiffany & Co.