The Tiffany Yellow Diamond is one of the largest yellow diamonds ever discovered It weighed 287.42 carats in the rough when discovered in 1878 in the Kimberley mine in South Africa and was cut into a cushion shape of 128.54 carats with 90 facets—32 more than a traditional round brilliant—to maximize its brilliance.
Discovered in South Africa 1877, the stone was purchased by New York jeweler Charles Tiffany. His gemologist, George Frederick Kunz, studied the gem for a year before beginning to cut it; reducing it from 287 carats (57.5g) to its current size. The cutting was carried out in Paris. Kunz was a mere 23 years old at the time.
The diamond is known to have been worn by only two women during its lifetime. It was worn by Mrs. Sheldon Whitehouse at the 1957 Tiffany Ball held in Newport, Rhode Island, mounted for the occasion in a necklace of white diamonds. It was subsequently worn by Audrey Hepburn in 1961 publicity photographs for “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.
A publicity photo of Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 film “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” did a lot for the Tiffany image. Tiffany’s Stores and the film are now forever associated with each other. The photo above shows the stone set in the “Bird on the Rock” brooch, which was designed by the famous Tiffany jeweler Jean Schlumberger. The piece is the Tiffany Yellow’s most well-known setting, and is the setting it remains in to this day.
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