$4.98The first day's sales at Tiffany & Young
That would be just $125.86 today! Before it was Tiffany & Co., the store—originally Tiffany & Young—was a stationery and fancy goods emporium in New York City. In 1940, Tiffany moved its flagship to the current location on Fifth Avenue, and today Tiffany & Co. has over 240 stores around the world—and counting.
1837The year robin's egg blue made its debut
The now-ubiquitous robin's egg blue has made a gradual, deep seep into the American psyche. Why that particular hue? It was Empress Eugenie's favorite shade. Napoleon III's wife, she was a fashion plate imitated the world over. Additionally, turquoise gems were extremely popular in the 19th century. In fact, Victorian brides often gave their bridesmaids dove-shaped brooches in that color. Today, it's been said that the mere act of holding a little blue box makes a woman's heart beat a lot faster.
30The average number of yearly proposals at the Fifth Ave flagship
This Tiffany ad, from 1966, is one successful example of the many campaigns that perpetuated the diamond ring as a symbol of eternal love and fidelity—a trend that began in 1477 with Archduke Maximilian of Austria's marriage proposal.
1886The year Tiffany launched his namesake setting
It's still the most coveted style for betrothed ladies around the globe today, but what's so special about it? Prior to 1886, diamond rings were set in bezels—their stone's twinkle hidden. Tiffany's new six-prong design lifted the solitaire away from the band for maximum sparkle.
1 in 400,000The number of one-carat-plus diamonds that are blue
With all due respect to the Duchess of Cambridge and her classic sapphire, a blue diamond's the way to go for a truly rare "something blue." It's more durable (the diamond is still the hardest substance known to man) and has a higher refractive index (read: more sparkly!) than sapphires.
"Anniversary Blue" ring, price upon request, Tiffany
1938The year this image featuring Tiffany jewelry ran in Brides
The caption read: "Crowned by a frou-frou of stiff white veiling with snood with tiny satin bows—this Eugenie dress is perfect for the Summer Bride. Designed for Saks Fifth Ave. The lovely bouquets on both pages, one informal and one formal, are from Irene Hayes. The charming flower spray of diamonds with bracelet to match are from Tiffany & Co."