A Glorious Universe Of Aquatic-Inspired High Jewelry

Luxury jeweler unveils “Blue Book 2023” celebrating Jean Schlumberger’s legacy.

Anthony Ledru, Chief Executive Officer, Tiffany & Co. shares, “With Blue Book 2023, we saw an opportunity to honor Jean Schlumberger’s legacy by giving new life to some of his most celebrated designs.” Ledru emphasizes, “These creations have a distinct Schlumberger quality and personality to them, but the designs are all new. We are certain that he would have been as pleased with each masterpiece as we are.” 

Necklace in platinum with a blue spinel, Akoya pearls, and diamonds Blue Book 2023
Necklace in platinum with a blue spinel, Akoya pearls, and diamonds

Blue Book 2023: Out of the Blue is the latest expression of Tiffany’s esteemed high jewelry collection. The official press release states, “As the first Blue Book collection designed by Nathalie Verdeille, Tiffany & Co. chief artistic officer of jewelry and high jewelry, the extraordinary designs celebrate Jean Schlumberger and his fascination with the sea’s fantastical creatures. With geometric and stylized aesthetics, each masterpiece draws inspiration from the legendary designer’s imagination and design philosophy—perpetuating and reinventing Schlumberger’s enigmatic symbols of the sea.”

Bracelet in platinum with a black opal and diamonds Blue Book 2023
Bracelet in platinum with a black opal and diamonds

Debuting in two phases this 2023, the collection features various themes embodying aquatic life. Launching with seven distinct themes is the summer collection: Shell, Coral, Jellyfish, Pisces, Starfish, Sea Star, and Star Urchin. The Shell theme explores the three-dimensionality of objects sculpted by the ocean featuring a transformable pendant with a detachable diamond brooch that reveals a stunning black opal of over 21 carats. It is one of the most versatile designs within the Shell theme. Characterized by exuberant hues while featuring, an array of designs showcasing tanzanites, sapphires and yellow diamonds is the Coral theme. Echoing the graceful movement of a jellyfish’s tentacles is the ethereal, luminescent, and striking brooch from the Jellyfish theme. 

Earrings in platinum and 18k yellow gold with sapphires, tanzanites, moonstones, and diamonds Blue Book 2023
Earrings in platinum and 18k yellow gold with sapphires, tanzanites, moonstones, and diamonds

The Pisces theme is a study of the sea, a representation of an unknown, infinite world that fascinated Schlumberger—featuring suites with exceptional unenhanced padparadscha sapphires, Umba sapphires, and diamonds. This theme offers warm hues complementing the ocean’s cool blues. Offering a study in symmetry and form is the Star Urchin theme that embodies the drama of the ocean. The designs are characterized by tanzanites and hand-carved chalcedony emulating the sea urchin’s spiky exterior. 

The Starfish theme reflects the iconic silhouette of the ocean, reimagining the familiar creature as if tangled between rocks with opals, aquamarines, tourmalines, and beryls with diamond accents, its diamond-intensive suite offering a unique expression of this sea creature. Meanwhile, the Sea Star theme offers a field of custom-cut mother-of-pearl starfish entwined in coral-inspired motifs, showcasing a snapshot of the sea’s fascinating ecosystem. Exceedingly rare padparadscha sapphires, Umba sapphires, mother-of-pearl, and carnelians bring the Sea Star theme to life. 

According to Verdeille, “In Jean Schlumberger’s imagination and design philosophy, the sea represented an unknown, infinite world. He choreographed unparalleled manifestations of its majesty and mystery.” She adds, “My first Blue Book collection for the House is a deep dive into aquatic life that both honors and reimagines Schlumberger’s vision.”

An exclusive high jewelry celebration serves as the debut of Blue Book 2023: Out of the Blue this summer at the newly reopened Tiffany & Co. on Fifth Avenue, The Landmark. Visit the website to learn more.

Images and banner photo courtesy of Tiffany & Co.

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