Tiffany's celebrated jewelry designer, Jean Schlumberger (1907-1987), was born
in Alsace, France. During the 1920s in Paris, Schlumberger's genius was quickly
recognized. His original and eclectic designs became the rage among his friends,
including Marina the Duchess of Kent and Diana Vreeland. Elsa Schiaparelli, the
famed dress designer, engaged him to accessorize her new collections with
buttons and costume jewelry.
In 1956, Jean Schlumberger joined Tiffany & Co., where he had the freedom to
explore uncharted territory, mixing yellow beryls, amethysts, emeralds, sapphires
and aquamarines in mountings of yellow gold to create classic pieces such as the
"Bird of Paradise" clip. A great innovator, his translucent paillonné enamel
bracelets became a staple of the stylish woman's wardrobe.
Today, Tiffany & Co. Schlumberger® designs are found in the collections of
museums and individuals worldwide. Tiffany's New York store is the ideal place
to see the depth of his collections - visit the case dedicated to his designs on
the main floor, and view a selection of his statement pieces on the second floor.