Only two women have ever worn the Tiffany Diamond. The first was Mrs. Sheldon Whitehouse, chairwoman of the Tiffany Ball in Newport, RI, wore it in 1957, and Audrey Hepburn wore it in 1961 for publicity photos for the film Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Tiffany & Co. - Charles Lewis Tiffany
Tiffany & Co. is a silversmith and jewelry company which was founded in 1837 by Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young in New York City. In 1853, Charles Lewis Tiffany assumed total control of the company and was given the nickname of "the King of Diamonds" by New York City newspapers. In 1887, Tiffany bought the French Crown Jewels. Its famous jewelry and designs have been worn by the richest and most famous people in the world including the Vanderbilts and the Astors, Movie stars and Royalty. The Tiffany flagship store is located on New York's Fifth Avenue at 57th Street. The New York Tiffany jewelry store is probably the most famous in the World due to the publicity attracted from the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany's, which starred Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, the naive, eccentric socialite. The jewelry store continues to attract thousands of tourists who are able to see the Yellow Tiffany Diamond which is on display.
How the Tiffany Diamond was formed
The Kimberley mine in South Africa, where the Tiffany diamond was found, is situated on an ancient volcanic pipe. Diamonds are formed when extreme heat and extreme pressure cause carbon atoms to crystallize forming diamonds approximately ninety miles under the earth's surface. Diamonds reach the surface of the earth via volcanic pipes, or channels.
Colored diamonds contain impurities or structural defects that cause the coloration. The most common impurity, nitrogen, causes a slight to intense yellow coloration depending upon the type and concentration of nitrogen present. Natural yellow diamonds contain the element nitrogen (N).