Inside Tiffany Wonder, Tiffany and Co.’s Tokyo Exhibition

Tokyo Hosts Tiffany and Co. in an Exhibition Celebrating 187 Years of Glamour

To celebrate the reopening of Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue flagship store, The Landmark, the House reset the Tiffany Diamond in a transformable creation inspired by the Jean Schlumberger by Tiffany Bird on a Rock brooch. Courtesy of Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany and Co. solidified the house as design-driven jewelers with the Tiffany Wonder exhibition, highlighting several of the brand’s most notable pieces. 

Since its inception in 1837, Tiffany & Co. has helped shape the landscape of jewelry design, transforming how people perceive and value fine jewelry. The jewelry house’s consistent push beyond the boundaries of creativity and excellence is further amplified with its Tiffany Wonder exhibition in Tokyo. 

In a dazzling celebration of its 187-year legacy, Tiffany & Co. unveils the Tiffany Wonder exhibition in Tokyo, which takes its sojourners through the House’s illustrious history of craft and creativity. Nestled within the TOKYO NODE gallery at Toranomon Hills Station Tower, this immersive experience promises to intrigue, educate, and inspire all who visit. Among its attendees were Filipino actress and host Anne Curtis, French-Indonesian actress and model Alyssa Daguisé, as well as Thai actors Baifern Bah and Win Metawin.

The Tiffany Wonder exhibition features the jewelry house’ notable collaborations with designers throughout history. Courtesy of Tiffany & Co.

Spread across 10 rooms, the exhibition presents nearly 300 never-before-seen objects that narrate the brand’s storied past. Among these rooms are the Wonder of Design room, in which the house honors their collaborator designers, the Wonder of Origin room which highlights the house’s beginnings with the very first Tiffany Blue box. From the first Blue Book mail-order catalog to the iconic Tiffany® Setting engagement ring, each piece in the exhibition embodies the elegant and inventive spirit that has defined Tiffany & Co. throughout almost 200 years in the jewelry world.

Notably, visitors will also encounter a stunning brooch created by Julia Munson under the direction of Louis Comfort Tiffany for Tiffany & Co., crafted between 1904 and 1914. This exquisite piece features gold, platinum, black opals, and demantoid garnets, epitomizing the meticulous craftsmanship that is a hallmark of Tiffany & Co.

The Bird on the Rock brooch is a creation by Jean Schlumberger, one of the 20th century’s most gifted designers. Courtesy of Tiffany & Co.

“The idea of wonder has been integral to our DNA since 1837,” says Alexandre Arnault, executive vice president of Product, Communications & Industrial, Tiffany & Co. “Since the very beginning, each design that we’ve imagined and each piece that we’ve handcrafted has been rooted in our mission to spark wonder and inspire the world’s greatest love stories. Our latest exhibition celebrates this spirit in a city of great importance to Tiffany & Co.: Tokyo.”

A dragonfly brooch by Julia Munson under the direction of Louis Comfort Tiffany for Tiffany & Co. From The Tiffany Archives, courtesy of Tiffany & Co.
The Trellis and Leaves necklace featured in the
“Garden of Imagination,” Jean Schlumberger
section of the Tiffany Wonder exhibition. Courtesy of Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany & Co.’s relationship with Japan is woven deeply into its history. Charles Lewis Tiffany, the House’s founder, began offering select imported Japanese goods to his American clients as early as 1837. This cultural exchange has inspired many of Tiffany’s most iconic designs. The Tiffany Wonder exhibition pays homage to this enduring connection, celebrating the influence of Japanese artistry on the brand’s evolution.

“Our latest exhibition showcases some of Tiffany’s most exceptional creations, uplifting the exceptional craftsmanship, unparalleled diamond authority, and inventiveness of Tiffany,” says Anthony Ledru, president and CEO, Tiffany & Co. “It brings the joy of the House to every visitor, highlighting our deep-rooted connection with Japan.”

Necklaces by Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. including the Hedges and Rows necklace, the Jasmine necklace, and the Plumes necklace. Courtesy of Tiffany & Co.

Furthermore, in partnership with the World Monuments Foundation, Tiffany & Co. created the Kanazawa Engzuki Gold Leaf Manufacturing craftsman training program in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, to contribute to the survival of traditional Japanese crafts. 

The exhibition’s location at the TOKYO NODE gallery, within one of Tokyo’s tallest buildings, is also historically rich. Designed by the renowned architecture firm OMA, the gallery reflects a shared ethos of innovation and modernity between Tiffany, Tokyo, and New York City. OMA’s influence extends beyond the gallery, having played a pivotal role in the reimagining of Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue flagship store, The Landmark, and now, in the scenography of the Tiffany Wonder exhibition. 

On November 7, 1972, Tiffany & Co. Vice
President Henry B. Platt and Mitsukoshi
President Shigeru Okada led the ribbon-cutting
ceremony, formally unveiling the Tiffany Salon.
Image courtesy of The Tiffany Archives.
On November 7, 1972, Tiffany & Co. opened its
first retail location in Japan: the Tiffany Salon,
located at the Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Main Store.
Image courtesy of The Tiffany Archives.

The journey through Tiffany Wonder culminates with a view of the House’s cornerstone: the 128.54-carat Tiffany Diamond. A sketch of the original Tiffany Diamond from 1893 is also showcased along with its first appearance in Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue windows in 1955, where it was placed in the hands of a gold wire angel for a holiday display by famed window designer Gene Moore. Designer Jean Schlumberger’s Ribbons necklace, set with the Tiffany Diamond, was famously worn by Audrey Hepburn® in publicity photographs for the film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” 

Within the current context, the Tiffany Diamond continues to make history. For the 175th anniversary of Tiffany’s founding, it was reset in a magnificent necklace of dazzling white diamonds. In 2019, Lady Gaga wore the Tiffany Diamond to the Academy Awards, where she won Best Original Song for the film “A Star is Born.” To celebrate the reopening of Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue flagship store, The Landmark, the House reset the Tiffany Diamond in a creation inspired by Schlumberger’s Bird on a Rock brooch.

A Bird on a Rock brooch featured in the “Garden of Imagination. Courtesy of Tiffany & Co.

The Tiffany Wonder exhibition also features pieces that highlight the jewelry house’s long-standing influence on the world of gemstones and jewelry. Visitors will find the George Paulding Farnham for Tiffany & Co. brooch from 1889, crafted with gold, sterling silver, diamonds, emeralds, pink sapphires, and enamel. This piece was also exhibited at the Exposition Universelle de 1889 in Paris, France. Other significant highlights include displays of the Tiffany Salon at Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Main Store in Tokyo and the newly renovated Ginza flagship store with a diamond-inspired façade designed by Kengo Kuma. 

Jewelry cases at the Tiffany Salon in 1972, image courtesy of The Tiffany Archives

The exhibition also honors the brand’s legacy of introducing new gemstones to the world, such as kunzite and morganite, which Tiffany presented in 1902 and 1910, respectively. Additionally, the Monster Strike Grand Prix Trophy, designed and handcrafted by Tiffany & Co. since 2021, represents the House’s ongoing dedication to contemporary design and craftsmanship.

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