Tiffany and Co Blue Box

The little blue box.

For women, it is a symbol of all things pretty and opulent. For men, it is the ultimate "get out of the dog house" card.

Can you believe that 2012 marks Tiffany and Co.'s 175th anniversary? Established in 1837 the legacy of "America's jeweler" has spanned three centuries. From the seed pearl suite Abraham Lincoln purchased for his wife to wear to the Inaugural Ball in 1861 to the redesign of the Great Seal of the United States in 1880 (which still appears on the dollar bill today), Tiffany's heritage is incomparable. 

Tiffany Seal - Blog

The Great Seal of the United States; Mary Todd Lincoln 

The Chicago location (730 N. Michigan Ave.) opened in 1966 and has since been a symbol of luxury on the famed The Magnificent Mile. As the Midwest flagship store, it is the ideal place to join in on the anniversary celebration.

Nowadays, when entering the store, you will discover the new Tiffany Enchant collection. Diamonds, platinum and 18k rose gold are used throughout the collection, which was created to commemorate Tiffany's 175-year history.

Tiffany Earrings

Tiffany Enchant earrings 

Further exploration of the first floor will lead you to the mesmerizing collection of colored diamonds, the unique designs by Paloma Picasso and Jean Schlumberger, and the unmistakable Tiffany engagement ring, with its platinum, 6-prong setting and a diamond so brilliant even the best cameras fail at capturing its beauty. Trust me, I tried.

Want to take a piece of the Tiffany legacy home, you know, without emptying the banking account completely? Then head up to the second level where you will find a great selection of jewelry made from Tiffany's newest metal, RUBEDOTM. The metal was created in honor of the 175th Anniversary and the RUBEDOTM pieces from the Tiffany 1837 collection are inscribed with the signature of founder Charles Lewis Tiffany.

Tiffany Bracelet

RUBEDOTM and sterling silver bracelet 

While you are upstairs, don't forget to browse the affordable sterling silver section and handbags. There is something for every budget, truly.

Whether it is an engagement ring or an item from the Tiffany Enchant or Tiffany Locks collections, any purchase officially designates you as a member of the longstanding legacy that is Tiffany and Co.

Now, head over to the store and toast to 175 more years!