Thursday, December 12, 2013

Christmas in New York 2013: Tiffany & Co.

A Tiffany & Co. window on Fifth Avenue, NYC, November 2013.

After a (long) stop at Bergdorf’s to take pictures of their holiday windows last month I of course had to go across the street to see the windows at Tiffany!

I loved the dreamy shades of blue, the miniature townhouses and Manhattan skyline and, of course, the jewelry.

I love the details of this miniature scene.

Tiffany’s will always have a special place in my heart. When I first moved to Manhattan it was on my list of places to see, right up there with the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and Rockefeller Center. It was such a thrill to walk in there for the first time and see those soaring ceilings, it really felt like one of those Pinch me, I’m in New York moments. The store was so big and beautiful, elegant and refined, and the jewelry made my heart stop. And the building itself felt so very Manhattan with its gorgeous spot right there on Fifth Avenue, with Bergdorf across the street, and Central Park a couple of blocks up. It doesn’t get more New York than that.

I wish that sleigh would pull up to my brownstone apartment!

My other favorite memories of Tiffany—aside from the shared memory of anyone who ever saw Breakfast at Tiffany’s—include times I’ve visited with my husband—he bought me one of their silver ID bracelets the year I turned 29—and the day I selected a pair of silver cufflinks for him for our first wedding anniversary. I have also had great times there with my mother over the years when she’s come to town and we’ve gone to look at all the beautiful things. Sometimes she even buys one of them!

My mother taught me a love of fine jewelry so whenever I pass by Tiffany or go through its gigantic doors, I think of her.

Isn’t this gorgeous?

Do note the gigantic diamond engagement ring at the top right!

Have you been to Tiffany’s in New York City? If you have any memories of the visit that you care to share, I’d love to hear them!

22 comments:

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

So pretty! Thanks for sharing.

I'm the opposite of you. I don't really care for fine jewelry and I only have a wedding band. Having been in NYC quite a few times over the years I have to admit I've never visited Tiffany's. I do love their window displays here though.

bisous
Suzanne

Lizzie said...

Another stunning set of Holiday windows! Shopping at Tiffany's is just such a "New York" experience. Even if you don't buy anything, it's just fun to admire the building, the displays and the jewels!

Rosie said...

Growing up, since my best friend and I had Dec. birthdays, our moms would take us to Radio City (at that time you got to see a show and a Movie). After that, we would walk up Fifth Ave. to see the Christmas window displays and Tiffany's was always one of our favorites.

I think one of my favorite colors for a long while was turquoise because of the
Tiffany boxes. When you say Tiffany blue. you know exactly what that color is.

Linda said...

Jill, those are just beautiful window displays! Just magical!! I can remember nearly every time we've been in there, especially when I bought that silver bracelet and enjoyed watching the sales clerk wrapping it up with that Tiffany blue box and white bow. It's right up there with the trip to Cartier and visiting Ted...and the watches! Great memories. Thanks for sharing such beautiful pictures.

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Beautiful windows, Jill! The first time I was there it literally took my breath away...I was mesmerized. But I was pretty much that way with all of NYC the first time I visited!

Anonymous said...

Jill - Love that you have brought NYC window shopping to us! The displays are always artistic and elaborate - such fun to see! Tiffany's is always a treat since I love the jewelry. Thanks for sharing. Mel

Heather Lindstrom said...

I just love viewing holiday windows and this one is magical. What great memories you have at such an iconic beauty. I've done some window shopping at Tiffany NYC and have a few fun photos from a couple of summers ago. Love this post.

Adrienne Shubin said...

So gorgeous! I am pinning every image to my The Most Wonderful Time of the Year board on Pinterest. Beautiful holiday windows like these have always delighted me...as a child and today.
I have been to the San Francisco Tiffany's a few times but never NY's. Maybe next spring? ;)
xo

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

Tiffany's does do great windows. I remember my friend visited me in NY while i lived there and she wanted to get something but as she is so English she was too polite and everyone kept cutting in front of her so I had to get all New Yawk and tell a few people off for cutting in line and she got what she wanted! x

Jill said...

Hi Suzanne, if you can resist the allure of fine jewelry I can understand why you haven't been to Tiffany on your NYC trips. The windows are always nice though! XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hi Liz, I still love going to Tiffany just to see the jewelry and look at the excitement on ladies' faces who are visiting it for the first time. It always makes me smile. XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hi Rosie, I hope you had a great birthday! I love that you had a holiday tradition as a child that involved Radio City Music Hall and the Tiffany windows! I know what you mean about Tiffany blue--just seeing one of the boxes makes me happy. I always want to know, What's inside? I hope you went and saw the other holiday windows this season. XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hi Mom, oh do I wish you were here so we could see these windows, and I would not say no to another visit to Cartier and Ted and the Tank watches! I am really missing you this Christmas season. XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hi Pam, you sound like me when I first moved to NYC--every trip outside was amazing to me, there was so much to see. It went on like that for months. I still have those moments but they are much more situational now and almost always involve Fifth Avenue. Ha. XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hi Mel, I love Tiffany windows every year, I always stop by after swinging by Bergdorf's. I would go inside too but unfortunately since I go late at night they are always closed. XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hi Heather, I can tell from your blog that you love holiday windows as much as I do! I wish you were here so we could see these together. XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hi Adrienne, thank you for sharing these pictures on Pinterest my dear! I would LOVE to visit Tiffany's with you next spring! XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hi Naomi, oh you are cracking me up. I have seen long lines at Tiffany counters, especially in the silver department, and I LOVE that you got all New York on everyone and told them how things were gonna go down. I want to go shopping with YOU. XO, Jill

kim at northerncalstyle. said...

Jill, Loved the Tiffany windows! Never been to the NYC one, but it's my favorite movie ever. Hope to one day. Also like the post about Ava and the diamonds. Here's to coming in to prime diamond wearing years..!
xo Kim

Deepika R said...

Beautiful windows, Jill! The first time I was there it literally took my breath away...I was mesmerized. But I was pretty much that way with all of NYC the first time I visited! Many Happy Birthday wishes

Birthday Wishes said...

Another stunning set of Holiday windows! Shopping at Tiffany's is just such a "New York" experience. Even if you don't buy anything, Happy Birthday wishes to marry christmas

Naziriya Nazim said...

Absolutely love it!
I love the birthday wishes script!