Sleek and elegant, this ostensibly simple rose gold circlet gleams with pristine minimalism. The Tiffany T1 Choker pays homage to the clean and graphic lines of the “T” letterform, an archival motif that has been featured in Tiffany & Co.’s jewellery since the 1980s. Refreshed by chief artistic officer Reed Krakoff, who added the numeral “1” to the collection’s name to reflect its ethos as a celebration of yourself, the Tiffany T1 takes on new proportions that unite the angular with the feminine, encapsulated in this rose gold choker with its smooth curve and bevelled edges. It is one of the most technically demanding pieces that Krakoff has worked on, requiring two different settings for the round brilliant and baguette diamonds, which needed to be seamlessly integrated into the overall design. The end result manages to achieve that perfect equilibrium between extravagant and effortless. “For me, Tiffany T1 represents strength and empowerment, and this comes through in the bold design,” says Krakoff. “The collection was designed for a woman with a point of view and a strong sense of personal style. This is jewellery that she buys for herself and wears every day as a symbol of her accomplishments.” The Tiffany T1 Choker is $246,000, and will be available in September. The first drop for the T1 Collection in April features nine rose gold styles. White gold and yellow gold styles will be added in summer 2020.
From top: The nearly complete Tiffany T1 choker with its three-dimensional wax cast, original sketch, craftsmen’s tools and loose diamonds. A close-up of the design rendering, which went through several rounds in the space of a year before the choker was finalised for production. It is rare to use two diamond cuts in the same piece as it requires two different settings.
BY ZHUAN LEE. PHOTOGRAPHY: COURTESY OF TIFFANY & CO.