In 1904, Eleanor Roosevelt received a Tiffany ring with the signature Tiffany setting from future American president Franklin D Roosevelt. “You could not have found a ring I would have liked better,” she wrote to her then-fiancé, likely experiencing the elation that any woman feels when presented with a box in trademark Tiffany blue.
It was in 1886, 130 years ago, that the Tiffany setting was first introduced by the company’s founder, Charles Lewis Tiffany. Though the design was groundbreaking at the time, Tiffany was probably unaware that he was setting a benchmark for brides-to-be all around the world for more than a century to come.
In the late 1800s, most engagement rings were set with the stone situated very close to the band, which often featured elaborate engravings and other embellishments. Tiffany, meanwhile, wanted to celebrate the glory of the diamond in an enchanting, uncomplicated design – one that continues to reign as a classic style in fine jewellery. Shortly after its debut, the Tiffany setting became so widely sought after that the brand began issuing advertisements to warn the public against imitations.