Alec Waugh, brother of the novelist Evelyn, claimed in a 1974 Esquire interview to have invented the cocktail party, though a St. Louis socialite, Clara Bell Walsh, is often credited with throwing the first pre-dinner soiree devoted exclusively to mixed drinks in 1917. Amid the giddiness of the post-World War I period, when women began to assert themselves more at social events and Prohibition made booze alluringly naughty, dimly lit get-togethers became fashionable. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the era also saw the birth of cocktail jewellery: massive gems, both precious and semiprecious, in rings and pendants, made to be brazenly visible even in low light. By the 1940s, Tiffany & Co. was known for such oversize pieces, especially with aquamarine surrounded by diamonds. The ice-blue mineral, which, like emerald, is part of the beryl family, gets its colour from traces of iron; it is among the hardest stones, resulting in larger, flawlessly clear crystal formations. This new pendant, with a 43-carat cushion-cut aquamarine dangling from a 21-inch rope of diamond rondels, is impossible to miss — glinting audaciously even in starlight or the first blush of dawn. 2019 Tiffany Blue Book Collection, price on request, (800) 518-5555.
2019 Tiffany Blue Book Collection, price on request.
Retouch/postproduction: Justin Cohen
Photo assistant: Fumi Sugino
Stylist’s assistant: Hoang Dinh
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