Charles Lewis Tiffany, founder of Tiffany & Co., was nothing if not an achiever. In 1837, the 25-year-old son of a cotton merchant opened shop at 259 Broadway in New York and, within a few years, made it into a premier destination for jewelry and fine wares. Thanks to the firm’s many diamond-buying trips to Paris (one of which included the purchase of diamonds once worn by Marie Antoinette), Tiffany & Co. became renowned for diamond jewelry. And in 1886, when Charles Lewis introduced the six-pronged “Tiffany setting,” he set the standard for engagement rings that endures to this day.
But one thing Charles Lewis Tiffany never did was create a diamond engagement ring for men. It would take a pandemic to do that. Or maybe the French.
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